A soon-to-be-published report by the Bureau of Reclamation may reduce the amount of water released from Lake Powell and increase the likelihood of a Colorado River water shortage declaration.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s 24-month Study Reports utilize hydrologic data from the National Weather Service to project operations of the Colorado River’s system of reservoirs over a two-year period. Additionally, the August report will explain how much water is released from Lake Powell over the next water year. That report is expected to be published Friday.

Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or aabou-diwan@ivpressonline.com

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