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Addressing the Colorado River Crisis

The Colorado River is a vital water resource for the American Southwest, but it is being drained at an alarming rate due to demand, damming, diversion, and drought. The Colorado River Compact, which divided the river's water among seven states and Mexico, was based on inaccurate data and does not reflect the current reality of the river's flow. Water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River, are at critically low levels.
A conference was held to discuss the future of the Colorado River. One of the key speakers was J.B. Hamby, who spoke about the importance of collaboration between states, tribes, and the federal government in order to reach an agreement on how to manage the river's water. Another speaker, Joseph Manuel Jr., discussed the impact that the Colorado River Compact has had on Native American tribes.
The Colorado River Compact is set to expire in 2026, and there is currently a process underway to negotiate a new agreement. This process is much more collaborative than the process that led to the Colorado River Compact, but it is also more complex. There are many challenges to overcome, but there are also opportunities for innovation.



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  • Jane Wangui

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    This quite encouraging.the kind of action that we need for the future.... leaders ought to come together once in a while and discuss issues affecting them and come up with appropriate measures.

    • Ann Nyambura

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      It's inspiring to see stakeholders coming together to tackle this challenge head-on.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        Its very important to discuss such problems facing the Colorado River in order to find solutions to put an end to this crisis

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        • Edwin wangombe

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          A solution needs to be reached ASAP, as the Colorado River is a vital water source ... this calls for all stakeholders to come up with a working solution to end the crisis

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          • Kevin

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            Great seeing the crisis being addressed

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            • winnie nguru

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              @Kevin There is hope at last

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