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Climate Change To Accelerate Water Shortage In The West

A new government report says already scarce water supplies in the Western United States are likely to dwindle further as a result of climate change, exacerbating problems for millions of water users in the West.

The Interior Department report says annual flows in three prominent river basins - the Colorado, Rio Grande and San Joaquin - could decline by as much 8 to 14 percent over the next four decades. The three rivers provide water to eight states.

The declining water supply comes as the West and Southwest, already among the fastest-growing parts of the country, continue to gain population.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called water the region's "lifeblood" and said small changes in snowpack and rainfall levels could have a major effect on tens of millions of people.

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HarryStreet | April 26, 2011 at 12:28 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

Water shortages have been happening all over the world far more frequently than anyone is willing to admit. We have so many ways available to change this. Look at all the rain we recently received in San Diego, yet we do nothing to find a way to capture this water to help reduce our dependency on importing water from Colorado.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait to the situation gets worse before we unite to do something about it.

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