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California’s Water: The Colorado River

Kurt Schwabe, Jean-Daniel Saphores, Jeffrey Mount, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Douglas Kenney, Ellen Hanak, Brian Gray, Bonnie Colby, Timothy Bradley | October 1, 2016
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The Colorado River—a major water source for Southern California’s cities and farms—is shared among seven states and Mexico. Water use now outstrips supply. The environmental impacts of water use in this basin pose special challenges. This brief describes adaptation strategies so that the river can continue to provide essential benefits to the region.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes a dozen of the state’s most pressing water management issues.

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The Colorado River—a major water source for Southern California’s cities and farms—is shared among seven states and Mexico. Water use now outstrips supply. The environmental impacts of water use in this basin pose special challenges. This brief describes adaptation strategies so that the river can continue to provide essential benefits to the region.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes a dozen of the state’s most pressing water management issues.

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Keywords:

climate change, planning and management, water supply