Colorado river level worsens, 7 states to have water reduced

A person walks past a formerly sunken boat on a now-dry section of lakebed at Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir. The water level there has dropped to its lowest since it was filled in the 1930s following construction of Hoover Dam. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • As water crisis worsens on Colorado River, an urgent call for Western states to ‘act now’
  • With the Colorado River’s depleted reservoirs continuing to drop to new lows, the federal government has taken the unprecedented step of telling the seven Western states that rely on the river to find ways of drastically cutting the amount of water they take in the next two months.
  • Details about the federal government’s approach to the crisis two days after Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced that major cuts of between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet will be needed next year to keep reservoirs from dropping to “critical levels.”
  • For comparison, California, Arizona and Nevada used a total of about 7 million acre-feet of Colorado River water last year.

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