By Jerd Smith
Water Education Colorado
Whether a high-level meeting between an Arizona water agency and the four upper basin states earlier this week will help restart a critical drought contingency planning effort in the Colorado River Basin isn’t clear yet, officials said.
This despite an apology from Central Arizona Project managers for publicly discussing a strategy they were using to force more releases from the upper basin’s Lake Powell to fill its own Lake Mead, mining what it called the “sweet spot” in a set of guidelines used to jointly manage Powell and Mead, the largest reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin.
The meeting, held April 30 in Salt Lake City, came after the four upper Colorado River Basin states – Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico – as well as Denver Water, sent angry letters to the Central Arizona Project (CAP), protesting the project’s actions.
The CAP is…
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