Don’t expect Miracle May this month on the Colorado River
The Colorado River Basin appears to be out of miracles this spring. Five years after a “Miracle May” of record rainfall staved off what had appeared to be the river’s first imminent shortage in water deliveries, the hope for another in 2021 “is fading quickly,” says the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center’s latest report, released Thursday. That’s one more piece of bad news for the Central Arizona Project. A first-time shortage is now likely to slash deliveries of river water to Central Arizona farmers starting in 2022 but won’t affect drinking water supplies for Tucson, Phoenix and other cities, or for tribes and industries that get CAP water.
- CNN: As A Megadrought Persists, New Projections Show A Key Colorado River Reservoir Could Sink To A Record Low Later This Year
- Estes Park Trail Gazette: Colorado’s new climate “normals” were just released. They show exactly what meteorologists have warned about.
- Arizona Daily Star: Saving groundwater: 3 new pipelines to bring CAP to Tucson’s suburbs