Byline: Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Discussion about the future of the drought-struck Colorado River was on the agenda in San Diego for officials from seven Western states, American Indian tribes and conservation groups, in a meeting hosted by federal water managers.
The May 28 meeting came amid predictions of looming shortages on the river serving some 40 million city dwellers, farmers, boaters and businesses in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Mexico also has a stake.
The work meeting follows a declaration in December from former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the Colorado River might not be able to meet demands of a growing regional population over the next 50 years.
Bureau of Reclamation administrators said 2013 could be the fourth-driest year in the basin in the past 100 years. Last year was fifth-driest.