Moment of reckoning:' Federal official warns of Colorado River water supply cuts

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The Colorado River's repositories have reduced to the direct that critical slices toward the water provided to the seven expresses

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that depend on it will be essential one year from now, a government official cautioned Tuesday.

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Department of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton told the Senate Energy

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and Natural Resources Committee keeping up with "basic levels" at the biggest supplies in the United States 

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Lake Mead and Lake Powell — will require enormous decreases in water conveyances.

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A hotter, drier West is the thing we are seeing today," she said at a consultation

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"What's more, the difficulties we are seeing today are not normal for anything we have found in our set of experiences."

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Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, California, and Nevada all get water from the Colorado River and one year

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from now will see a diminishing of between 2 million and 4 million section of land feet of water because of the continuous dry spell

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that has held the majority of the Western U.S. (A section of land foot is how much water expected to cover one section of land

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of land in one-foot-profound water.) Current distributions of water from the Colorado range from 300,000 section of land

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feet for Nevada to 4.4 million section of land feet for California

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"What has been a sluggish movement train wreck for a long time is speeding up, and the snapshot of retribution is close,"

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John Entsminger, head supervisor of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, told the Senate hearing

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"We are 150 feet from 25 million Americans losing admittance to the Colorado River, and the pace of decline is speeding up."

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