Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.
All 8 major river basins dropped 2 to 7 percent due to the very warm temperatures over the past week.
The latest numbers for statewide snowpack show parts of Colorado are running behind where they should be for this time of year.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rolled out a first-of-its kind water plan Wednesday, a draft plan to address the state’s projected future water shortage.
With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring.
Facing dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every drop with dam and diversion projects that some think could erode regional cooperation crucial to managing the scarce resource.
Providers of municipal water in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado are starting a conservation program for the Colorado River system.
Two people aboard a helicopter-like aircraft were killed when it crashed into a river in western Colorado, but no one on the ground was injured, authorities said Sunday.
The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports that authorities say at least two people were aboard a helicopter that crashed about 6:10 p.m. Saturday into the Colorado River near Loma.
A two-day conference in Las Vegas is focusing on the business of water and the need for sustainable supplies amid increasing demand in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin.