Allowing upstream reservoirs to recuperate is the main focus in the Bureau of Reclamation's 2023 Drought Response Operations Plan.
The Colorado River Basin is experiencing a positive water supply change. Lake Powell may receive 10.44M acre-feet by September, but officials remain wary.
Reclamation has agreed to a request by the Upper Basin states to suspend emergency water releases from Flaming Gorge that were implemented to boost Lake Powell.
With water levels continuing to drop at Flaming Gorge, the reservoir cannot be relied on as an emergency fix for Lake Powell. Scientists say that water managers should plan on just 9 million...
Utah's Flaming Gorge Reservoir can only do two more emergency releases to help the Lower Colorado River Basin's reservoirs. Flaming George is currently at 50% capacity.