Colorado River water shortage declared for first time amid historic drought

A severe drought in the western U.S. has triggered historically low water levels in Lake Mead and other water basins and reservoirs, leading the federal government to declare a water shortage on the Colorado River. Rebecca Mitchell, director of the…

Colorado River water shortage declared for first time amid historic drought

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A severe drought in the western U.S. has triggered historically low water levels in Lake Mead and other water basins and reservoirs, leading the federal government to declare a water shortage on the Colorado River. Rebecca Mitchell, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and a Colorado River commissioner, joins CBSN to discuss how the shortage is affecting the roughly 40 million people who get their water from the Colorado River.

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