US Senate bill introduced to reauthorize #ColoradoRiver System Conservation Program program #COriver

Detailed Colorado River Basin map via the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

From The Las Vegas Review-Journal (Gary Martin):

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., filed the bill to reauthorize for four years the conservation program, first passed by Congress in 2015 to conserve water and mitigate impacts of drought in the Colorado River Basin…

Southern Nevada, which includes Clark County and Las Vegas, receives nearly 90 percent of its water supply from the Colorado River.

“Southern Nevada is no stranger to drought, and that’s why I continue to fight for policies that strengthen our state’s water supply and infrastructure,” Heller said in a statement.

Heller filed the bill on Tuesday.

A report by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in January projected that the level of Lake Mead, where Las Vegas draws its water, would be about 5 feet lower by the end of the year.

The surface of Lake Mead has fallen 131 feet since 2000.

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