The federal Bureau of Reclamation is restricting the amount of water Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, extract from the Colorado River because the Lake Mead reservoir is alarmingly low.
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 rain and snow that typically nourish the Colorado River, which in turn serves as the most important water source for the American Southwest, have been abysmal this year, and meteorologists are warning of a permanent shift in the area’s weather patterns.
A pilot program in Colorado is being tested to determine if it can help protect river flows during dry periods.