By Angus M. Thuermer Jr. 

Wyoming preps for less water as drought creeps up Colorado River


August 26, 2021

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.

An irrigation canal on a canal on the Upper Green River Basin has a lock that can be used to regulate flows. Wyoming plans build and modify dams to retain more water despite a declaration of a water shortage in the Colorado River by federal officials.

As federal water managers declared the first-ever official Colorado River water shortage last week, a top official said he's confident Wyoming will responsibly implement its plans to store and divert even more flows from the troubled waterway.

The Department of the Interior on Aug. 16 said it would reduce water diversions to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico in 2022 after a scheduled August review set the restrictive sideboards for releases next year.

Despite that curtailment, Wyoming plans to corral another 115,000 acre-feet annually by building and modifying dams and their operations to potentia...

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