A snowy winter and wet spring mean more of Colorado’s snowpack will make it into reservoirs across the Colorado River System.
The legislation had the support of all 14 senators representing the Colorado River basin states.
Scientists are studying how much water is lost to evaporation at the nation's two largest reservoirs. There's no stopping it, but more accurate measurements could lead to better water budgeting on the Colorado River.
The proposal that states have spent years negotiating got its first hearing before Congress on Wednesday.
Seven states have been working for years on drought contingency plans. Arizona and California have missed two deadlines.
Revving up the legal gears could pose a setback for Denver Water, which has spent years securing the necessary permits.
Iola has been deep underwater since the reservoir was built and filled in the 1960s. Drought has brought it back to the surface, for now.
The fish has a reputation for being fun to catch, but they're causing a lot of trouble for the Pastorius Reservoir.
The long-waited announcement comes as the river's two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, have been drained to alarmingly low levels.
Drought has severely affected reservoir levels in Colorado and water supply is well below normal in almost all of the state’s major basins.