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Lower Colorado, America’s most endangered river

By Amy Brunvand

A new report from American Rivers names the Lower Colorado as America’s most endangered river. Water users in the Lower Basin currently use so much water that the river dries up before it reaches the Gulf of California. “The river is at a breaking point, with looming shortages in supply that could threaten the security of water and food supplies and a significant portion of the national economy.”

Worse, the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget would cut funding for water conservation programs and could reverse progress that has been made to reduce water consumption in the Lower Colorado River Basin.

America’s Most Endangered Rivers, 2017:

This article was originally published on May 9, 2017.