FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam that impounds Colorado River water at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. California and Arizona have missed a federal deadline for seven Western states to wrap up work on a plan to ensure the drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to millions of people who depend on it.
(Source: AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) - Another federal deadline passed Monday for seven states in the U.S. West to wrap up work on a plan to ensure the drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to the 40 million people and farms that depend on it.
The states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — have been working for years on drought contingency plans. But Arizona and California have missed two deadlines set by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and still have work to do.