California’s Salton Sea is shrinking because of Colorado River water shortage, research finds

By Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech | The Hill |

THE HILL - In a study recently published in the journal Water Resources Research, a team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside argue that the lake’s shorelines are receding due to a decrease in water flow from the Colorado River.

The Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people with drinking water and irrigates 5 million acres of farmland, is currently in crisis. A shrinking snowpack and sparse rainfall have contributed to a drop in the river’s water flow, which is now down by 20 percent compared to the 1900s.



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