Future of Colorado River on agenda in San Diego

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Top federal water managers plan to meet with officials from Indian tribes, conservationists and seven Western states to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River.

The meeting Tuesday in San Diego comes amid dire predictions of looming shortages.

Just five months ago, the secretary of the interior declared the Colorado River might not be able to meet demands of a growing regional population over the next 50 years.

Federal Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor now says 2013 could turn out to be the fourth-driest year in the basin over the past 100 years. Last year was the fifth-driest.

The river is crucial to some 40 million people in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Mexico also has a stake.


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