Drought worsens, U.S. officials declare first-ever water shortage from the Colorado River

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A buoy sits above the waterline at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, near Boulder City, Nevada, Water levels at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River, have fallen to record lows. (AP Photo/John Locher)
As the drought continues to worsen in California, U.S. officials declared the first-ever water shortage from the Colorado River last week that serves some 40 million people in the West. The move triggered cuts to some Arizona farmers next year amid the ongoing drought. Water levels at the largest reservoir on the Colorado River – Lake Mead – have fallen to record lows. Along its perimeter, a white “bathtub ring” of minerals outlines where the high water line once stood, underscoring the acute water challenges for a region facing a growing population and a drought that is being worsened by hotter, drier weather brought on by climate change. So what does that mean for those who call Southern California and Southwest Riverside County home? States, cities, farmers and others h
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