CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — U.S. water officials are projecting the man-made lakes that store water used throughout the American West will fall to historically low levels and trigger an official shortage declaration for the first time.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released projections last week forecasting that less Colorado River water will fill Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which would force cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

By November 2022, the agency projects Lake Mead could drop to levels that could threaten the ability to generate electricity at Hoover Dam

The April projections don't have binding impact because federal officials use the forecast released each August to make decisions about how to allocate river water.

In southwestern Wyoming, the Blacks Fork, Big Sandy and Green rivers feed into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and from there the Green River joins the Colorado River in southeastern Utah.

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