Arizona drought lingers even amid rains

Mar 31, 2008

A wet winter in Arizona has filled lakes and streams, but experts say the Grand Canyon State's drought might not be over.

The Arizona Republic reported that storm runoff has nearly filled Roosevelt Lake, which was almost half-empty at the end of last summer. The newspaper reported it is possible the reservoir could reach full capacity.

"It came up 10 or 12 feet in one day," Dan Grim, general manager of the Roosevelt Marina, which is just east of Roosevelt Dam, said.

Even so, water experts say the state might still be in the throes of a prolonged drought since a wet winter often interrupts long dry spells that can span 20 years.

"We have to assume what we have is what we'll have for a while," said Charlie Ester, water resources chief for the Salt River Project, which manages the reservoirs. "We have to manage what we have for as long as possible."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Obama says 'no greater threat to planet than climate change'

Related Stories

Recommended for you

China's struggle for water security

18 hours ago

Way back in 1999, before he became China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao warned that water scarcity posed one of the greatest threats to the "survival of the nation".

Canada revises upward CO2 emission data since 1990

18 hours ago

Canada revised its greenhouse gas emission data from 1990 to 2013 in a report Friday, showing it had higher carbon dioxide discharges each year, and a doubling of emissions from its oil sands.

Climate censorship gains steam in red states

Apr 17, 2015

While plenty of people found humor in the recent news that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers' ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change, other states are not necessarily laughing. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.