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Wet Winter Likely To Keep Colorado River Out Of Shortage Next Year

Hoover Dam and the Mike O‘Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge are seen from the Colorado River‘s Black Canyon at Lake Mead National Recreation Area outside of Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) For the moment, Mother Nature is smiling on the Colorado River. Enough snow has piled up in the mountains that feed the river to stave off a dreaded shortage declaration for one more year, according to federal projections released Friday afternoon. Just a month ago, forecasters expected Lake Mead to start 2020 about 17 feet lower than it is now, below the trigger point for a first-ever federal shortage declaration on the drought-stricken river.