As Colorado River Dries Up, The West Feels The Pain

Listen to the story about the Colorado River, a water source which many people in the country rely on for both water and electricity. Learn why its drying up and what’s being done to protect it. 

The Colorado River touches the lives of Americans coast to coast. The river begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows into Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Along the way, it feeds over a dozen tributaries across the American Southwest.

Many in the West rely on the Colorado for drinking water, and farmers depend on it to irrigate millions of acres of farmland.

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Original article posted in NPR, June 26, 2012.

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