Feds Press Western States to Cut Colorado River Dependence

Western states will be receiving less water beginning 2023. Infrastructure investments made will help boost supplies, as well as resilience and efficiency of water systems.

According to Engineering News-Record, Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, will receive smaller water allotments from the Colorado River basin in 2023 as a result of increasingly dire drought conditions over the past two decades, US Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation officials said on Aug. 16. The drought parching much of the Western U.S. has caused water levels to drop to unprecedented levels in the river and in two of its largest reservoirs—Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

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