Megadrought is renewing debates about how to manage water in the arid American West
The Western megadrought is revealing a famed desert landscape long drowned by a controversial dam. It’s raising questions about the future of this oasis, and water in the American West. Parts of the West got much-needed rain and snow this week, but it comes as the region experiences one of its driest periods in a thousand years. The drought, amplified by climate change, is renewing debates about how to manage water in the arid West. NPR’s Nathan Rott takes a look at one debate playing out on the Utah-Arizona border over what some see as America’s lost national park.
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- KSL: Water conservationists urge a ‘one river’ mindset over Colorado River water deficit
- Nevada Current: Tribes seek to secure their water rights as Colorado River dries