Water Scarcity on Colorado

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Water Scarcity on Colorado

Water flows into the Colorado River from Hoover Dam in northwestern Arizona near Lake Mead National Recreation

Water flows into the Colorado River from Hoover Dam in northwestern Arizona near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Photo

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The US government is reducing the flow of water from the Mead and Powell reservoirs in the US states of Arizona and Nevada. Reason: As per a forecast, the water level will continue to fall.

The US states of Arizona and Nevada are facing water cuts due to water scarcity along the Colorado River in the southwestern United States.

The US government announced it would reduce discharge from the Mead and Powell reservoirs, which are fed by the Colorado River for the second year in a row. Background forecast is that the water level will continue to decline.

Not only do the water reservoirs provide drinking water for seven states and part of Mexico, the river is also important for agriculture and the energy supply in the region. Droughts of the past decades have thinned the river considerably. Deputy Home Secretary Tommy Beaudreau said Tuesday that the region is experiencing severe drought due to the effects of climate change, including extreme heat and low rainfall.

Tanya said, “Every region in every state has a responsibility to ensure that water is used with maximum efficiency. To avoid the catastrophic collapse of the Colorado River system and a future of uncertainty and conflict, water use in the catchment area should be reduced.” , in charge of water and science at the Ministry of the Interior. Mexico also has to adjust to less water.

In the United States, the Department of the Interior, with its approximately 70,000 employees, is primarily responsible for the administration of federally owned land. For example, the ministry decides whether nature reserves are to be designated or whether energy production such as fracking is permitted. On the other hand internal security – which is the responsibility of the interior ministries in Europe – is the function of the Department of Homeland Security in the United States.



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