To keep Utah citizens informed, the Utah Division of Water Resources has provided the following explanation/clarification on Utah’s use of its Colorado River water and the development of Drought Contingency Plans needed to protect water storage levels at lakes Powell and Mead.
This winter, abundant snowpack across the interior West all but erased severe drought conditions and temporarily reduced the risk of a water shortage along the Colorado River. While a significant improvement from 2018, supplies remain vulnerable due to overuse and climate change, according to estimates from Western Resource Advocates whose associates are closely watching changes in seasonal precipitation and are advocating for solutions to ensure overstressed rivers can continue to meet the needs of cities, farms and ranches, water-based recreation, and the environment across the West.
Western states have inked a drought-management deal for the Colorado River.
As the days begin to warm in Moab, bikers and runners are out on the roads to mark the unofficial beginning of spring.
Human activity has induced earthquakes in the past, and Monday’s earthquake may be another such example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The bureau said in a statement Monday, March 4, that the earthquake in the area March 4 “was within the range of previously induced earthquakes” at a nearby water treatment facility.
An earthquake lightly shook town on Monday, March 4 at about 10:23 a.m. The event’s epicenter was near Bedrock, Colorado, about 40 miles from Moab.