Arizona, California, and Nevada Governors Announce Lower Basin Plan to Protect Colorado River
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SACRAMENTO ~ Today, Governors Katie Hobbs of Arizona, Gavin Newsom of California, and Joe Lombardo of Nevada announced a plan to conserve 3 million acre-feet of water over the next three years in order to protect the Colorado River system.

Governor Hobbs expressed her appreciation for the hard work put in by water managers to develop the Lower Basin Plan. She also noted that while this plan is a step forward, more must be done to address long-term issues such as climate change and overallocation.

Governor Newsom highlighted the importance of working together to address climate change and its effects on weather extremes between drought and flood. He also praised California's efforts in making significant cuts to water usage and noted that this historic partnership between California and other Lower Basin states will help maintain critical water supply for millions of Americans.

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Finally, Governor Lombardo stated that Nevada has been a leader in regional water conservation efforts and is pleased to continue leading through this agreement with other Lower Basin States. He emphasized the importance of protecting the Colorado River System and said that this partnership is a critical next step in their efforts to sustain this essential water supply.

The Lower Basin Plan has been submitted to the Bureau of Reclamation with all Seven Colorado River Basin States supporting its evaluation as an action alternative within the Near-Term Colorado River Operations Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS). For more information, please visit their website.

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