Breakthrough Deal Will Help Protect Drought-Stricken Colorado River
A deal struck between California, Arizona and Nevada will cut about 13 percent of the total water use in the lower Colorado Basin - around a trillion gallons - over the next four years. The agreement is an effort to protect the country’s largest reservoirs from dropping to critical levels because of a climate change-induced megadrought, and is the largest reduction of water use in recent history. Farms and residents across the Southwest are likely to experience significant water reductions. “This is a step in the right direction but a temporary solution,” Dave White, a professor at Arizona State University told Grist. “This deal does not address the long-term water sustainability challenges in the region.” Cities and irrigation districts in qualifying states will receive around $1.2 billion from the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act in exchange for using less water.
To receive climate stories like this in your inbox daily click here to sign up for the Hot News Newsletter from Climate Nexus: