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Water shortages in US West likelier than previously thought

Colorado River-Pipeline
Posted at 5:53 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 02:35:12-04

CARSON CITY (AP) — Models released by the U.S. government suggest a future with less water may arrive sooner than previously projected for the seven states that rely on the Colorado River.

After a relatively dry summer, government scientists project Lake Powell and Lake Mead are 12% more likely to fall to critically low levels by 2025 than they projected in the spring.

Climate change and prolonged drought have compelled some cities and farms to conserve water to secure the river long term, but it remains overtapped

The projections could complicate already-fraught negotiations between Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico over the river's future.