The western part of the USA has 19th century water legislation, 20th century infrastructure and 21st century problems in terms of climate change, population growth and other environmental stresses. This is a saying you hear a lot when you talk to people about the Colorado River. Needless to say: something’s wrong here.
For more than ten years the American West has suffered from an unprecedented drought. With an exponential population growth and the temperatures on the rise due to climate change, water levels in the reservoirs of the Colorado River are going down at an alarming rate. Politicians and water managers fear water shortages in the near future; conflicts seem unavoidable. Patricia Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority: ‘I am worried.’