BOULDER – With the Colorado River Basin gripped by extreme drought, federal water managers Friday announced historic water conservation measures.
Supplies in New Mexico, one of seven states that depend on the river’s water, will be untouched by the moves. But experts said the move is a warning that demand is outstripping supply throughout the basin.
“What we’re facing here is a truly historic drought,” said Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle, speaking at a meeting of Colorado River managers at which the shortage declaration was a major topic of discussion.
Castle said natural drought, made worse by climate change, requires “new thinking” to deal with the region’s water problems.