Posted: Jun 9, 2011 3:44 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Deep snow in parts of the West has given states in the Colorado River basin some relief from drought, but water managers say there's still work to keep water flowing from faucets in the future.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor says that before this year, there was a "serious possibility" that a shortage would have to be declared next year for California, Arizona and Nevada. At a University of Colorado Law School conference Thursday, he said that has been deferred until at least 2015.
The basin states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico have reached some agreements on sharing water after years of tough talks. Some other officials say the next challenge is negotiating further with Mexico.