In March 2014, water flooded the Colorado River’s dry bed. This event, called a pulse flow, occurred when the Morelos Dam, near the United States–Mexico border and Yuma, Arizona, opened its gates and filled the dry bed for eight weeks. The event, similar to the spring floods that halted after the river was dammed, allowed water to reach the Gulf of California for the first time since 1997.
U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $9 million grant to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado for upgrades to its water and wastewater infrastructure in Towaoc and White Mesa.
Colorado residents will benefit from new laws allowing the collection of rainwater. Rainwater collection, also known as harvesting; captures, stores and uses collected rainwater.
A U.S. Geological Survey shows that a little more than half of the Colorado River, the West’s primary water source, is groundwater before it seeps into the river bed. The preliminary finding may help city water supply managers anticipate future volumes amid rising temperatures and less snowfall.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials held a public meeting in early June to discuss a proposed Superfund designation for the Bonita Peak Mining District outside of Silverton, Colorado.