Groundwater pumping is causing rivers and small streams throughout the country to decline, according to a new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Arizona.

Drought Monitor Announces Colorado as Drought-Free

May 23, 2019
U.S. Drought Monitor

Colorado was recognized drought-free Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. It’s the first time since the monitor began recording data 19 years ago.

Daniel Rayzel

In 2018, drought in the Four Corners was aggravated by a weak winter, leading to historically low inflow to McPhee Reservoir and the lack of any spills.


Now that nearly four months of above-average precipitation benefited snowpack and reduced drought conditions, what’s in store for McPhee?

Austin Cope (File Photo)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District announced Wednesday that McPhee Reservoir is now over a 50 percent chance for a spill. 

Water leaders from the seven states that make up the Colorado River basin are one step closer to finalizing a drought contingency plan. Representatives from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Arizona met in Phoenix Tuesday to sign a letter to Congress asking for federal approval of the plan.