Colorado River water supports about 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico.
Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the river is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways along the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
Arizona water managers have been leading a series of biweekly meetings since July to work out details of the proposed drought-contingency plan.
Craft brewers say it’s their duty to protect the water they use. Beer is about 90 percent water, after all.
Drought has severely affected reservoir levels in Colorado and water supply is well below normal in almost all of the state’s major basins.
“If storage in Lake Powell cannot rebound in an era where the Upper Basin consumes less than two-thirds of its legal apportionment, then the crisis is already real.”
One of Steamboat’s tourism attractions is closed to commercial and public activity because of drastically low water levels.
About 30 percent of the Little Book Cliffs herd will be trapped by the BLM to minimize overgrazing.
The chances of a shortfall in Lake Mead, the Colorado River’s biggest reservoir, are now 57 percent, up from the 52 percent projected in May.