Rivers Work Better When They’re Wet

The Colorado River basin provides a critical lifeline to seven states in the West | Pete McBride

The Colorado River is so over-tapped that by the time it gets to the Sea of Cortez, it is barely a trickle. The problem isn’t drought, and a big rain storm, or a heavy winter snow season won’t fix this.

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced it will have to release less water to the river’s lower basin. This could have a serious effect on the 36 million people who rely on the river for drinking water, and it puts at risk 15% of our nation’s agriculture and a $26 billion recreation economy that relies on the river.

We need Congress to get serious about long-term solutions for the entire basin. It’s time for fundamental changes in how we manage water in the Colorado River.

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