American Southwest’s megadrought the worst in 1200 years

Drought impacts farmers

One wet year will not fix the drought faced by Western states.  The Hill reports that the Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years.

A mega-drought is a prolonged drought lasting two decades or longer.

According to NPR, “Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs, are only filled at about one-third of their total capacity.  Federal water managers declared the first-ever water shortage along the Colorado River last year, triggering cuts to some of the river’s 40 million users.”

Recent dire news about the mega-drought comes from the National Climate Change journal’s February 14, 2022 report, Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021.”


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent Posts

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x