Colorado River Study Bad News for Thirsty Californians (KCET)

December 13, 2012 – The Colorado River isn’t likely to have enough water in it to guarantee Southern California its legal share, according to a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. That’s bad news for Southern California farming communities such as the Imperial Valley, and it’s bad news for communities served by the Metropolitan Water District, which takes about 1.2 million acre-feet a year from the Colorado via its Colorado River Aqueduct. That’s about a third of MWD’s supply. The report, with the slightly prosaic title “Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study,” predicts that throughout the 21st century, the Colorado river downstream from Lee’s Ferry in Arizona will likely average only around 90 percent of the annual flows typical for the period 1950-2000.

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