Outlook For Colorado River Water Supply Remains Grim
The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River is expected to carry only 43 percent of the average amount of water into Lake Powell, one of two huge reservoirs that store and distribute the river.
It's the fifth-lowest forecast in 54 years.
"It's pretty dramatic. It's a very low runoff season," said Greg Smith, a hydrologist with the agency.