Approximately $100 million will be distributed to farmers integrating new technologies that use less water, according to Utah Governor Spencer Cox.
Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of people across the region rely on.
The water in Lake Powell, one of the nation's largest reservoirs, has fallen so low amid the Western drought that federal officials are resorting to emergency measures to avoid shutting down hydroelectric power at the Glen Canyon Dam.
Agriculture news and information from the Eads USDA Service Center in Kiowa County, Colorado.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox says the state's water reservoirs are around 10 percent less capacity than they were at this time last year as an additional $500 million is being spent on water conservation.
With a 50 percent reduction in the town's water allocation, voluntarily limited water use is encouraged.
Colorado crop progress and condition report for the week ending May 8, 2022, from the USDA.
The Western U.S. is in a water crisis, from California to Nebraska. An ongoing drought is predicted to last at least through July 2022. Recent research suggests that these conditions may be better labeled aridification - meaning that warming and drying are long-term trends.
(The Center Square) - The Bureau of Reclamation will reduce the amount of water released from Lake Powell in response to a drought situation threatening the water supply of millions of residents in several western states and hydropower generation.