Drought Contingency Planning Continues
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming have been working for years on drought contingency plans (DCP). But Arizona and California have missed two deadlines set by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and still have work to do. In December 2018, the Bureau of Reclamation stated that if the DCPs were not completed by January 31, 2019, “Reclamation would issue a solicitation for input from the seven basin states’ governors regarding recommendations for potential actions to reduce the risks of lakes Powell and Mead falling to critically low levels.” In a Federal Register notice, the Department of Interior announced that they would accept input from the basin states’ governors beginning on March 4, 2019, for a 15-day period. The comment period is set to end March 19. Read more at the Bureau of Reclamation.