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 for additional reductions in 2023.
"Every state will have to find ways to cut and conserve. Since the Lower Basin states use more than twice as much water as the Upper Basin states, it is only fair the greatest cuts should be shouldered by the Lower Basin.
"Utah, along with the other Upper Basin states, will continue to do our part to bring solutions to the table. However, Utah will look hard at any additional releases from Flaming Gorge and other upstream reservoirs if those releases are not effective in protecting critical Lake Powell elevations and are simply allowed to flow downstream. With the support of Governor Cox and the Legislature, the Colorado River Authority of Utah, will fight to make sure Utah gets our fair share of the river.”
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