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Signs of Life for the Colorado River With Seven-State Agreement

A final agreement is still a year away, but seven states have taken a substantial step toward sustainability for the Colorado River.
October 19, 2018, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Dan Elliott reports on an historic agreement between seven U.S. states on the management of water from the Colorado River—Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, California, and Nevada.

The agreements still require approval by several states, but the benchmark is considered a major milestone for managing the overburdened river.

The plan includes drought contingencies and plans to mitigate declining flows, including on tributaries. A key part of the agreement includes California agreeing to shoulder some of the burden in the new agreement before the state would have been legally obligated to do so.

More details are included in the source article.

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Published on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Associated Press
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