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All signs point to another very dry year in the valley

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Updated: 11/13/2012 7:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --The Colorado River is the lifeblood for the region. In fact it provides water to seven states, and flows between the U.S. and Mexico. But even with all that water, the Colorado River Commission received an update Tuesday that 2012 has been a very dry year.

“Most of our water comes from snow melt up in the Rocky Mountains. And so how much water flows down the Colorado River depends almost entirely on the amount of snow that the Western Slope the Rockies gets,” said Commissioner Duncan McCoy.

Inflow from the basin is one of the third driest on record since historical records were taken, according to Colorado River Commission Executive Director Jayne Harkins. She also says the so-called bathtub ring around Lake Meade will continue to grow larger.

“Drought indicators are telling us it's likely to be dry again,” Harkins said.

However there is some good news: Southern Nevadans have been great at conserving water, not surpassing the allotted amount this year. However don't let your guard down.

“Continue to be aware of the water that you use; know that we could have restrictions if a drought declaration were made. We are not there yet,” McCoy said.

And with winter around the corner, McCoy remains optimistic about next year.

“We hope and we pray for average to above average snowing up in the mountains so that we get more normal run through the river,” McCoy said.

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