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Southern California Regulators Advance Colorado River Drought Plan

Dec. 12, 2018, 3:55 PM

Southern California water regulators are addressing drought conditions along the Colorado River Basin and other water districts are watching.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board of directors approved several agreements Dec. 11 related to a drought contingency plan for the river, which is in a 19-year drought.

The Colorado River supplies water to seven states and Mexico, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has asked users to agree to plans that would reduce stress on the water system and counteract falling water levels in lakes Mead and Powell.

Concerns over water rights, allocations of the resource,...

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