Debris from a busy avalanche system can clog streams of water from melting snowpack and lead to flooding in remote towns.
In early February, southwestern McPhee Reservoir was 7 percent full. Now it’s a quarter full and expected to fill up all the way.
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.