Funding from Metropolitan Water District remains a sticking point

Lake Mead The Colorado River Hoover Dam Nevada Arizona

After nearly two decades of drought on the Colorado River and Lake Mead at its lowest levels in history, water agencies across the Southwestern United States are facing potential cutbacks in water supplies.

A drought contingency plan being pushed to finality by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is seen as a last-ditch effort by the federal government to compel the seven Colorado River Basin states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah — to prevent that.

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