- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Federal agencies have unveiled an interactive Web display showing high-water to low-water data and images resulting from a historic 16-year drought in the Colorado River basin.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation titles the presentation “Drought in the Colorado River Basin - Insights Using Open Data.”

Bureau spokesman Peter Soeth said Wednesday that project folks just call it the “drought visualization tool.”

It’s a self-guided tour using graphs, charts, photos and maps.

It shows reservoirs drying like puddles on a river that serves seven Western states and supplies drinking water to one in 10 Americans.

The Colorado also irrigates farms in a land area comparable to New Jersey, the Garden State.

The release comes amid projections that water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and Southern California may be curtailed as early as 2017.


Website: https://www.doi.gov/water/owdi.cr.drought/en/index.html

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