Colorado River deals pays Arizona, California, and Nevada $1.2 billion to use less water

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 09:52 in Earth & Climate

A bathtub ring seen above the waterline around Lake Powell, Utah due to drought that reduced the flow of the Colorado River on April 15, 2023. The flight for aerial photography was provided by LightHawk. RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images On May 22, the Biden Administration and the states along the Colorado River announced that they had reached an agreement to conserve an unprecedented amount of the river’s water supply. The Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, and Nevada have agreed to save an additional 3 million acre-feet of Colorado River Water in the Lower Basin by the end of 2026, or about 13 percent of these states’ total allocation of water from the river. In return, the federal government will compensate the three states for three-quarters of the...

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