Wet Winter May Help Colorado River Push Off Problems, But it Won’t End Drought

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Lake Mead reservoir and the Hoover Dam show a "bath tub ring" from low water levels in 2015. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow.

Drought conditions have declined substantially across the region in recent weeks, with heavy storms replenishing reservoirs and piling fresh powder on ski resorts.

Yet there is one place where the precipitation has been particularly welcome and could be transformative: the Colorado River basin, which provides water to nearly 40 million people across seven states.

“We’re in a really good spot as far as snow accumulations,” said Malcolm Wilson, who leads the Bureau of Reclamation’s water resources group in the upper Colorado River basin.

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