May 25, 2008--In Colorado River Delta, waters--and prospects--are drying up (LA Times)

As U.S. scientists warn of a semi-permanent drought along the taxed Colorado River by midcentury, Mexico today offers a glimpse of what dry times can be like. Rationing is in effect in some areas. Farmers have abandoned crops they can no longer irrigate. Experts fear that the desert will reclaim some of the region's most fertile land. Reservoirs have been drawn down to historically low levels, and some scientists predict that under the influence of climate change, the river's annual flow could drop by 50% over the next 40 years. Despite heavy snowfall in the central Rocky Mountains this year, river managers in the U.S. continue to advise the states that depend on the Colorado River to prepare for water shortages within five years. Measures to shore up U.S. reserves, meanwhile, are likely to make water even more scarce in Mexico.

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