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Lower Colorado River Tour - April 5-7

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (All day) to Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day)
Starts in Las Vegas, NV; ends in Ontario, CA

Since 2000, the Colorado River Basin has experienced an historic, extended drought causing reservoir storage in the Colorado River system to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. For the Lower Basin, a key point has been to maintain the level of Lake Mead to prevent a shortage declaration.

A healthy snowfall in the Rockies has reduced the odds of a shortage this year, but the basin states still must come to terms with a static supply and growing demands, as well as future impacts from climate change.

On the Lower Colorado River Tour, April 5-7, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. Federal, state and local agencies will update you on the latest hydrologic conditions and how recent storms might change plans for water supply and storage.

Experts will include representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Project, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Imperial Irrigation District, and several others. Each will provide their perspective on the river to give you a balanced, well rounded understanding of past, current and future conditions.

There is a fee for the tour, including transportation, accommodations and meals.

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Western Climate Region



DEWS Regions

California Nevada Drought Early Warning System
California Drought Early Warning System
Nevada Drought Early Warning System
Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System