LAS VEGAS (AP/KXNT) — An advocacy group is calling the Colorado River the nation’s most endangered waterway.
An annual American Rivers report being released today doesn’t call pollution the problem. It instead cites drought and demand.
The Colorado River supplies large cities including Las Vegas.
The report says that over the next 50 years, the river will run short of supply for the more than 40 million people it serves in Nevada and six other western states.
The group is calling for more money from Congress for “21st century water management” that they say would protect the drinking water supply of 36-million people from Denver to Los Angeles.
Already, the river is drained of nearly every drop before it reaches Mexico.