One of the fastest growing regions in the state, cities in the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino rely on a mixture of groundwater and surface water. Some cities are solely dependent on groundwater including Banning, Coachella, Indio, Palm Desert, Hesperia and Victorville. Other cities in the region have supplemented their groundwater supplies with water from the State Water Project or local streams and reservoirs.
We explored the lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from myriad sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.
The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial needs was the focus of this tour.
Hampton Inn Tropicana
4975 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118