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  • August 25, 2021

    CRAU will discuss millennium drought’s impact on Utah at next public meeting

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Colorado River Authority of Utah (CRAU) has invited the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to share a critical status update at the Authority’s board meeting next ...

  • September 29, 2021

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) – Water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead are lower than they’ve been since they were built, according to leaders from the Colorado River Authority of Utah. As 1/3 of Utahns rely on the Colorado River for drinking water, officials say they need residents to conserve water now more than ever.

    The Colorado River, Lake Powell, and Lake Mead are all connected and extremely low on water. Lake Powell alone is 50 feet lower than it was last year, according to Gene Shawcroft, ...

  • November 16, 2021

    The House passed the highly anticipated $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill late Friday, a sweeping package that will likely impact all 50 states in some way. The legislation, which the Senate approved in August, now awaits President Joe Biden’s signature.

    The package, which includes $550 billion in new spending, is aimed at improving the country’s roads, bridges, railways, water systems and broadband internet. In the West, the bill is being touted as a multipronged approach to tackling issues ...

  • August 18, 2022

    August 16, 2022

    Statement from Gene Shawcroft:

    "Today's release from the Bureau of Reclamation confirms the hydrology is getting worse, the forecasts are grim, and we are looking at mandatory shortages in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico in 2023.

    "While it is disappointing the Lower Basin missed the federal deadline to reduce 2-4 MAF to protect critical reservoir elevations at Lake Powell and Lake Mead, I remain optimistic the collective Basin states can still come together on a collaborative plan ...

  • August 16, 2021

    For the first time, some users of Colorado River water will not get their promised deliveries after a shortage was officially declared in response to drought-depleted flows on the over-allocated river that furnishes water to 35 million Westerners.

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Monday announced the cuts totaling 613,000 acre-feet, which will be borne mostly by Arizona growers, citing actions mandated in the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan crafted by Utah and six other Western states that rely ...

  • July 30, 2021

    The future of Utah’s relationship with the Colorado River began to take shape in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, as the newly created Colorado River Authority of Utah held its first ...

  • July 4, 2021

    SALT LAKE CITY — Amy Haas has worked on Colorado River issues for most of her career.

    But she's quick to claim she's not an expert. With rapidly changing conditions on the river due to drought, no one is, Haas ...

  • June 29, 2021

    The Colorado River Authority of Utah has hired Amy Haas as its first executive director. Haas is currently the director of the Upper Colorado River Commission, which oversees water use in the river’s upper ...

  • June 29, 2021

    This appointment positions Utah well with fellow Colorado River Compact states

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Colorado River Authority of Utah (CRAU) announced the critical hiring of longtime Colorado River expert Amy I. Haas as its first Executive Director. ...