Further shortages could lead to a western water catastrophe

California’s Secretary of Natural Resources is worried about water.

Wade Crowfoot says that if the western U.S. suffers any further shortages, it could be catastrophic for both consumers and farmers.

“If we experience middling precipitation over the next couple of winters, we could hit dead pool in our two largest reservoirs on the lower Colorado, and that is Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Dead pool meaning we wouldn’t be able to export any water to the southwest, which would be catastrophic, so this is an unprecedented challenge in the Colorado River Basin,” Crowfoot explains.

California depends on the Sacramento and San Joaquin River systems for a lot of water and they are not looking good either.


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