An Arid West No Longer Waits for Rain

A Western drought that began in 1999 has continued after the respite of a couple of wet years that now feel like a cruel tease. But this time people in the driest states are not just scanning the skies and hoping for rescue. Preparing for worst-case outcomes, the seven states that draw water from the Colorado River - Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico in the upper basin and California, Arizona and Nevada in the lower basin - and the United States Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the river, are considering plans that lay out what to do if the river cannot meet the demand for water. Some experts predict that prospect will occur in about five years.

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