Visual data is available for reservoir levels in the West

Reservoir capacities map
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News about the water levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead, both critical reservoirs serving the Colorado River Compact states, is plentiful.  But there are many other reservoirs that are important for water management in these states.

Dean FarrellOpens in a new tab., a developer for the University of North Carolina Libraries, has created a visual tool tracking the reservoir capacitiesOpens in a new tab. for dozens of storage facilities throughout the western states and Texas.  The interactive map starts with the year 2000 and continues to the present.  State specific data is also available for the Lower Colorado Basin states (Arizona, California, and Nevada) and the Upper Colorado Basin States (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).

While Farrell notes some limitationsOpens in a new tab. in data, the interactive maps are a great visual for storage capacity conditions in the western states.

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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.

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