Federal government seeking new Colorado River guidelines
As the drought continues, the federal government is seeking new guidelines for major dams on the Colorado River.
Lake Mead and Lake Powell are on their way to dropping so low they will not be able to produce power or provide power water for farmers in several states that rely on them.
So, the Interior Department has released a set of three options.
- First, allow the Bureau of Reclamation to take unilateral action.
- There is also an option for states and non-governmental organizations to reach their own agreements.
- The third is do nothing.
Public comment will be accepted on these guidelines until December 20th, with a decision expected next spring.