U.S. West Grapples with Long-term Drought, Forced to Accept New Normal

7 Sep 2021
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The megadrought plaguing the western United States continues to ravage water supplies and dependent industries (i.e. agriculture, semiconductors) particularly in the Colorado River basin. Water levels at the two largest reservoirs in the U.S. (Lake Mead in Nevada-Arizona and Lake Powell in Arizona-Utah) reflect the effects of the prolonged, 20-year drought and are now driving unprecedented actions such as those initiated on 8 August 2021 by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cut state water allocations from the Colorado River.

In this Research Note:

  • Federal agency turns to mandatory cutbacks
  • Utilities are largely tasked with getting end-users to reduce water use


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