By Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released the news that there will not be a shortage on the Colorado River in 2017. This positive declaration can be attributed to water left behind in Lake Mead by CAP and its partners. However, Reclamation’s projection shows, that without additional conservation actions, 2018 could be the first year of shortage on the Colorado River. CAP and its local and interstate partners are working to extend existing conservation tools to avoid shortage in 2018, and to develop longer-term solutions to address the risks of critical shortages on the Colorado River.