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April 12, 2022

CONTACT: Chris Arend, Communications Director, Department of Natural Resources, 303-264-8615,
Sara Leonard, Marketing and Communications Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board,


Commissioner Mitchell Statement on US Dept of Interior Actions to Reduce Risk to Lake Powell Elevations and Critical Infrastructure

April 12, 2022 (Denver, CO) -  The U.S. Department of Interior has proposed a reduction in the annual release volume from Lake Powell from 7.48 to 7.0 million acre-feet for water year 2022. This is based on the Department's determination that additional actions are needed to protect dam operations and hydropower production, and to address public health and safety concerns.

Below is a statement from Colorado River Commissioner Becky Mitchell:

"Colorado understands the unprecedented challenges facing the Colorado River Basin and will work collaboratively to protect critical infrastructure at Lake Powell. While we support the Assistant Secretary's proposal, we also acknowledge that this is a temporary solution and that it is incumbent on all who rely on the Colorado River to develop longer-term solutions that address the imbalance between supply and demand in the Basin."

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