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Report · November 2018

California’s Water: The Colorado River

Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount, Brian Gray, Kurt Schwabe, Bonnie Colby, Douglas Kenney, Timothy Bradley, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jelena Jezdimirovic, and John Fleck

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The Colorado River-a major water source for Southern California’s cities and farms-is shared among seven states and Mexico. Water use now outstrips supply. The environmental impacts of water use in this basin pose special challenges. This brief describes adaptation strategies so that the river can continue to provide essential benefits to the region.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes 13 of the state’s most pressing water management issues.


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