Coalition blasts plans to divert Colorado River amid drought

Colorado River Water Shortage
FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam that impounds Colorado River water at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. The Bureau of Reclamation is forecasting first-ever water shortages because of falling levels at Lake Mead and says the reservoir could drop so low that it might not be able to generate electricity at Hoover Dam. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Farmers, conservationists and small-town business owners are calling for an end to what they call wasteful uses of Colorado River water.

On Thursday, they gathered at Hoover Dam to demand the federal government scrap plans to divert water from Lake Powell upstream to accommodate anticipated growth.

They said it didn’t make sense to build pipelines to enable more wasteful use in some places while mandating cuts in others.

Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years. A historic drought has decreased the amount that flows through the Colorado River.

Officials expect to declare the first-ever water shortage declaration next month.

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