“The Colorado River System Conservation Program, as the fund is known, will be seeded with $2 million each from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Denver Water.
“The only municipality in Baja California that is not supplied by the Colorado River, Ensenada depends largely on aquifers for its supply, with a small portion provided by rainwater held behind the Emilio López Zamora Dam. But as a lack of rainfall and high temperatures emptied the reservoir and lowered the aquifers to dangerously low levels, authorities have been forced to implement a rationing plan.”
“Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Anne Castle today [March 27] joined other senior officials of the United States and Mexico to celebrate a historic first-time intentional release of water—called a “pulse flow”—from Morelos Dam near the U.S.-Mexico border.
“A river bled dry by thirsty cities and farms in two countries will flow once again through northern Mexico later this month in an international experiment in habitat restoration.
“Beginning March 23, the last dam on the Colorado River will open its gates to unleash a man-made flood that is scheduled to last eight weeks and send more than 100,000 acre-feet of water to the river’s delta, the biggest flood in decades.”
From the [Central Arizona Project] CAP Blog: Water Ways and Power Lines:
“Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river. How has this been possible?
“The United States and Mexico plan to collaborate this month on a pilot ‘pulse flow’ of Colorado River water into the river’s delta in Baja California, a move hailed as historic by environmental groups on both sides of the border.
“The release at Morelos Dam near near Algodones is expected to start on March 23, Jack Simes of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Monday.
“Punishing drought in California could force that state to make a sizable withdrawal from a virtual water bank in Lake Mead this year, even as the reservoir shrinks closer to an all-time low and an unprecedented shortage declaration.”
“Pat Mulroy, who recently retired after more than two decades as Las Vegas’ influential water chief, is calling for people and water managers across the West to shift their thinking about the Colorado River and focus on shared stewardship of its declining flows.