Transcript for scene 3 of the video " Water Crisis: Healing the Colorado River - part 1" by Rolf Witzsche  

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Then the drought began

Up to 90% of the water of the Colorado River, in the U.S. alone, is devoted to irrigation and to municipal water supply. More than 12 million people live in the river basin. Nearly 40 million people, both inside and outside its watershed are dependent on the river. Increased water consumption has diminished the flow in the lower 100 miles so extensively that the river has not consistently reached the sea since the 1960s.

Then the drought began.

 

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