Colorado River reservoirs rising

According to the latest Bureau of Reclamation runoff and reservoir storage forecast (the “24-month study”, pdf here), combined storage in the two largest Colorado River reservoirs, Mead and Powell, will end this water year up 3.4 million acre feet from last year.

Mead/Powell storage

Mead is forecast to end the year up more than five feet in elevation. Powell is forecast to rise 27 feet.

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  1. “Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world’s carbon cycle and climate system that aren’t being accounted for, a new study concludes.” https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/dams-are-major-driver-global-environmental-change “The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Université libre de Bruxelles, appears in Nature Communications. It found that man-made dam reservoirs trap nearly one-fifth of the organic carbon moving from land to ocean via the world’s rivers.”
    See “Global perturbation of organic carbon cycling by river damming” https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15347

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