Even as successive snowstorms obliterated drought conditions in Colorado, the states that share the Colorado River put the final touches on a plan to use less water. On March 19, representatives from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado asked Congress to approve their “Drought Contingency Plan.” Congress obliged, and President Trump added his signature on April 16.
The lightning speed with which the Drought Contingency Plan was approved in contentious Washington, D.C., reflects the plan’s importance. Over the past two decades, water use from the river has regularly exceeded inputs from snow and rain, leading water levels in Lakes Mead and Powell to drop perilously low.
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