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Arizona And Nevada Will Not Face Water Cutbacks

Southwest states that depend on the Colorado River will not face cutbacks in their supplies next year. Federal officials made that determination Tuesday.

A heavy winter has kept Lake Mead, the massive reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona line, full enough to avoid a shortage in 2018. Forecasts show the reservoir well above the trigger point.

That means Arizona and Nevada will not lose any water. Both states rely heavily on the river for drinking water, agriculture and many other uses.

But the Bureau of Reclamation’s Rose Davis said the reservoirs are still not close to full.

“We’re going to be in a drought for a long time," Davis said. "We have a lot more storage available. We need a lot more water in these lakes.”

There’s about a 30 percent chance of a shortage in 2019, but Davis said that can change significantly depending on the winter.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.