It’s a little known fact that almost forty million individuals in seven states (California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Nevada) depend on the Colorado River. There are some individuals in the media who state that this number will double in the next fifty years.
For those of you who are not aware, the Colorado River starts as a snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and goes approximately 1,450 miles south into the beautiful country of Mexico. It produces water for the farm fields. Thanks to this, we have perfect heads of broccoli, spinach, green-and-red lettuce.
Unfortunately, the Colorado River will soon not be able to meet the current recreational, hydroelectric, and agricultural demands. The moment when the river falls short could come sooner than most people think. This has become a growing concern for millions of water users and a lot of farmers.
Federal officials say that in decades to come, in parts of the basin, meaningful shortages are likely to force cutbacks of water-supply. These officials are warning that more than likely the infrastructure and conservation measures that were put in place in the 1980s to keep shortages at bay will probably not be sufficient. More severe cutbacks and serious shortages have become more likely, as the drought continues.
Farmers who grow certain things could be obligated to stop doing so. Some experts are stating that this action might be ‘for good.’ Water waste might be highly utilized when things begin to go down the hill with the Colorado River.
On the other hand, in Yuma, according to some experts in the field, cuts might not take place at all. Of course, nobody knows this for sure. We’ll just have to wait and see what occurs in the following years, as the Colorado River begins to shrink even more.