The Colorado River Basin is set to experience continued drought and an increased chance of water shortages by 2025 according to new modeling results from the US Bureau of Reclamation. The basin, which supplies water to 40 million people, is in its 21st year of drought.
As reservoir levels decline, this increases the chance - by as much as 12 Percent - that Lake Powell and Lake Mead’s water reserves will fall to critically low levels by 2025 increases. The chance of a Lower Basin shortage increases by as much as 20 Percent.
“Reclamation’s technical experts provide leading-edge scientific modeling which helps Colorado River water managers make their operational decisions,” said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “That science helps us protect the water resources in the Basin, ensuring sustainable, reliable water and hydropower for the 40 million people who depend on this river.”
In collaboration with the Colorado River regional operations offices, the Bureau of Reclamation uses the best available science to develop reliable projections to guide water management and operational decisions.
The CRSS projections can be found on the USBR website.