Arizona, California and Nevada announced an agreement Monday to use less Colorado River water to help it recover, after the region’s population growth and a two-decade-long drought led to the basin’s two major reservoirs dropping to historically low levels this year.
The Colorado River Lower Basin States agreed to conserve 3 million acre-feet over the next three years, according to a joint release from Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D), California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R).