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The Drying of the Colorado River Impacts Americans and Mexicans

Last updated on April 2, 2023

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Colorado River is a 1,450 mile long river that stretches from Colorado while passing through the Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and before it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, it supplies water to Mexico in Baja California and Sonora.

The river supplies life to people, agriculture, and farms in both the USA and Mexico. People are dependent upon it for their daily lives.

Scientist say that we are currently in a 22-year stretch of drought that is the driest time period over the past 1,200 years. The signs are all around us.

Recently, visitors to Lake Mead reported that they are finding exposed bodies as the lake dries. Sunken boats are also being exposed after being submerged under hundreds of feet of water.

Photo by Travis Pardee Instagram

How water from the Colorado River was to be divided was decided in 1922 by seven land owning families. The families divided the use of the river’s water between the seven US states but didn’t take into consideration the native American tribes that lived along the Colorado basin nor did they consider the users at the end of the river – the Mexicans in Baja California and Sonora.

As the climate crisis – looms larger everyday, concessions about the distribution of the water will be addressed. For example, how much water will be allocated for agriculture? How much will be allocated for the respective states that use the water. And finally, how much water will be saved for the people in Mexico.

Currently, people in the US are trying to conserve water. These efforts include not watering lawns, changing landscape design, reclaiming water by filtrating waste water.

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