Colorado river level worsens, 7 states to have water reduced

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • As water crisis worsens on Colorado River, an urgent call for Western states to ‘act now’
  • With the Colorado River’s depleted reservoirs continuing to drop to new lows, the federal government has taken the unprecedented step of telling the seven Western states that rely on the river to find ways of drastically cutting the amount of water they take in the next two months.
  • Details about the federal government’s approach to the crisis two days after Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced that major cuts of between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet will be needed next year to keep reservoirs from dropping to “critical levels.”
  • For comparison, California, Arizona and Nevada used a total of about 7 million acre-feet of Colorado River water last year.

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Moment of Reckoning nears as Colorado River reaches new low

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Major water cutbacks loom as shrinking Colorado River nears ‘moment of reckoning’
  • …the Colorado River’s reservoirs have declined so low that major water cuts will be necessary next year to reduce risks of supplies reaching perilously low levels, a top federal water official said Tuesday
  • The needed cuts, she said, amount to between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet next year.
  • For comparison, California is entitled to 4.4 million acre-feet of Colorado River water per year, while Arizona’s allotment is 2.8 million.
  • Lake Mead near Las Vegas has dropped to 28% of its full capacity, while Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border is now just 27% full.

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As Drought continues in California Newsom urges stricter policies

2 Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

Important Takeaways:

  • Newsom urged Californians to cut water use by 15%. In February they saved less than 1%
  • Figures released this week by the State Water Resources Control Board showed that even during a third year of drought, Californians have been slow to step up conservation efforts.
  • Newsom last week issued an order for urban water suppliers to implement more aggressive conservation measures, requiring them to activate “Level 2” of their local drought contingency plans to prepare for shortages. The governor also directed the state water board to consider a ban on watering “nonfunctional” grass at businesses and other properties.
  • The Colorado River, which supplies water to seven states and Mexico, has shrunk dramatically during two decades of dryness intensified by unprecedented warmth, and its reservoirs are continuing to decline.
  • California’s water managers have cut deliveries through the State Water Project to 5% of full allocations, and have called for residents to conserve.

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Woman found dead, three people missing in Arizona boat crash

Mohave County Sheriff's Office search and rescue boats look for four people missing on the Colorado River, north of Lake Havasu in Arizona, U.S. September 2, 2018. Mohave County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Divers searching the Colorado River in Arizona on Monday found the body of a woman who died after two boats slammed head-on into each other, with three other people still missing from the collision, officials said.

In the crash on Saturday night, a boat with 10 people and a craft carrying six people struck each other and everyone aboard was thrown into the water near Arizona’s border with California. The two boats sank.

Several people were rescued by nearby boaters, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

Nine people were injured, including two people who suffered critical injuries in the incident less than 15 miles (24 km) south of the California town of Needles, the sheriff’s office said.

Divers resumed searching on Monday at sunrise for the four missing. They soon found the body of one of four missing boaters, 51-year-old Christi Lewis of California, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said by phone.

The divers were continuing to look for one man and two women, she said.

(Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; editing by Jonathan Oatis)