Sunday, March 5 at 8 am. The story of the American West is deeply rooted in the Colorado River, which delivers fresh water to seven thirsty states before crossing the border into Mexico. But every year, 41 million Americans take more water out of the Colorado than nature puts into it.
Now climate disruption is making the situation even more troubling. Californians already know the pain of water conservation; water levels in Lake Mead have dropped so low that they will soon trigger mandatory water cutbacks in Arizona, Nevada and other states that haven’t previously experienced them.