Vegas-area water managers advance drought plan

Vegas-area water managers advance drought plan

Las Vegas-area water managers have become the first to advance a multi-state drought contingency plan that officials hope will ease the effects of Colorado River water shortages.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority board unanimously approved the state’s plan Thursday. It comes ahead of a meeting next month of water users from the seven Western states that rely on Colorado River water.

The decision also puts Nevada on course to try to keep water levels above key drought shortage trigger points at Lake Mead by committing to taking less water sooner from the reservoir behind Hoover Dam.

Negotiations on the drought plan have stalled in Arizona. One of the state’s major water users, the Central Arizona Project, offered a proposal Thursday to jumpstart the talks to manage shortages in that state.