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December, 2003

The Jet Stream is sitting right on top of Utah and that's great news for the snow pack. After years of drought, worries may even turn to floods. The Salt Lake Tribune 12/31/03

Grim forecast for the parched U.S. West: 'The drought is still raging in many places,' and likely to continue. Los Angeles Times/San Francisco Chronicle 12/23/03
For the first time in its history, Arizona halts development where water sources are inadequate. Arizona Republic 12/20/03
Drought-stricken Las Vegas to extend water intake straw deeper into Lake Mead.
The Colorado River lake supplies almost all of southern Nevada's drinking water. AP/Las Vegas SUN 12/20/03

Feature: Colorado River runoff forecast is down for the 6th straight year. Contingency planning underway.  Salt Lake Tribune 12/13/03

Denver and other fast-growing cities in the Southwest can meet water needs by reducing bluegrass in new developments, plugging leaks in water systems and charging more for increased consumption, report says.  Rocky Mountain News 12/10/03

Full report from Western Resource Advocates on water use in the urban west. 12/10/03

Drought-burdened Utah homeowners may get permission to use wastewater in their gardens.  Salt Lake Tribune 12/8/03

Opposition builds in drought-stricken West Texas to a state plan to lease water to private ventures.  San Antonio Express 12/4/03

November 2003

Faucets run dry in Ft. Yates, North Dakota for the second consecutive day. About 5,000 without water. Schools, clinics, tribal offices and the hospital are closed. Ultimate problem is low level of the Missouri River. Bismarck Tribune 11/25/03

Idaho Power begins cloud-seeding for snow. Experts question value, but four years of drought drive experiments.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 11/25/03

California farmers agree to shift Colorado River water to San Diego and Salton Sea. Transfer could begin next week.  Riverside Press Enterprise 11/25/03

Denver Water customers willing to continue cutbacks to conserve water. But they don't want a rate increase.  Denver Post 11/6/03

More than 75% of the western U.S. still is in the grip of a drought, experts say. No one knows when it will end.  AP/Casper Star-Tribune 11/5/03

All 17 Nevada counties to get federal drought aid.  AP/San Francisco 11/4/03 Chronicle

October, 2003

Bureau of Reclamation North Platte River water forecast for 2004: Dry. “Right now it doesn't look too good,” official says.  Torrington Telegram 10/31/03

Survey: Las Vegas mayor and a county commissioner are the drought-hit city's biggest residential water users.  AP/News4 10/27/03

Drought will linger in the western United States this winter. The rest of the nation? Who knows.  Reuters 10/16/03

Water woes: Rural Missouri districts caught between dry weather, high demand. Drought adds pressure to small public water systems already struggling with rules and demands for service.  St. Joseph-News Press

Denver's water restrictions end today. For the first time in more than a year residents can freely water lawns.  Denver Post

Utah considers taking away some water rights. In the Old West, that's heresy.   Salt Lake Tribune


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