Rivers throughout Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are receiving abundant water from strong winter snowpack, easing drought fears but also pushing water over river banks.
Since 2017, Colorado has been grappling with a costly drought, but meteorologists now say that after heavy snow and rain fall, most of the state has recovered.
The Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves rural communities in the Coachella Valley, has filed a petition to halt a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River that President Trump signed into law.
The Colorado River, which serves seven states in the American Southwest, will likely have a shortage of water by 2020 and the federal government has ordered the states to plan for drought conditions.
As fires continue to rage throughout the western states, particularly California and Colorado, more than 4.6 million acres have been lost. According to a University of Oregon researcher, many factors are at work.