California Must Give Up Colorado Water

California has signed a tentative pact giving the state 15 years to reduce its use of Colorado River water by 800,000 acre-feet per year.

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July 30, 2000, 10:30 AM PDT

By California 2000


Representatives of California and its six neighboring states are expected to submit details of their proposal to the Department of Interior. While California has often used more than its share of the Colorado's water, recent growth in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, and Colorado have prompted the states to seek slower flows to California. The burden of conservation will fall heavily on Imperial and Coachella Valley agriculture, where farmers have agreed to conserve water in exchange for cash. A $235 million state plan to leak-proof the All-American Canal is expected to boost conservation as well.

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Thursday, July 27, 2000 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

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