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Water war in California: Agencies fight over drought emergency plan with crucial deadline looming
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Mar 15, 2019 2:03 PM 1+ week ago

Water war in California: Two agencies fight over Colorado River drought plan with a crucial deadline looming

Jeff Daniels | @jeffdanielsca

LOS ANGELES -- California remains a holdout on a drought emergency plan for the Colorado River that is due next Tuesday by all seven river states. Holding up the plan has been a fight between two powerful water agencies in Southern California.

The drought contingency plan is designed to produce voluntary cuts that would keep the river and Lake Mead from reaching critically low levels. If the plan doesn't get finalized, the federal government could step in and force mandatory cutbacks instead of voluntary ones for a river that serves 40 million people and some 5 million acres of farmland.

Drought in the past decade has stressed the Colorado River to the limits and contributed to Lake Mead reaching perilously low levels. Lake Mead, located by Hoover Dam and a vital water source for California, Nevada and Arizona, had dismal levels last ...

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