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U.S. declares first-ever Colorado River water shortage

Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, ArizonaExtreme and accelerating drought conditions are drastically depleting water levels in the Colorado River Basin, which supplies water from Rocky Mountains snowfall runoff to 40 million people from Wyoming to Mexico. The record lows prompted historic action last week when federal officials declared the river’s first-ever water shortage and mandatory cuts in accordance with the 2007 Colorado River Operating Guidelines. (Photo credit: Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Arizona/U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

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