Thursday Top of the Scroll: Western states chart diverging paths as water shortages loom
As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won’t get what they were promised a century ago. But not Utah. Republican lawmakers approved an entity that could push for more of Utah’s share of water as seven Western states prepare to negotiate how to sustain a river serving 40 million people. Critics say the legislation, which the governor still must sign, could strengthen Utah’s effort to complete a billion-dollar pipeline from a dwindling reservoir that’s a key indicator of the river’s health.
- Digital Journal: Western states debate water supply in the Colorado River
- Arizona Republic:Bills focusing on rivers, groundwater slowed by Arizona lawmakers