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Colorado River Named Most Endangered River In U.S. In New Report – CBS Denver

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DENVER (CBS4) – Often called the hardest working river in the West, the Colorado River supports seven states, 30 tribal nations and Mexico. According to American Rivers, a national river conservation organization, it is also now the most endangered river in the United States.

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“The river flow is now down 20% in the 21st century,” Brad Udall said.

Udall, a Senior Climate and Water Research Scientist at Colorado State University, has studied the river for more than two decades.

That decline will impact all of the nearly 40 million people the river serves. In the upper basin, farmers and ranchers are seeing wells dry up, and in the lower basin two of the country’s largest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead are quickly being drained.

“There are a whole series of…

CBS Denver

2022-04-19 21:58:00

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