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Updated: 4/17/2013 2:15 pm
American Rivers organization announced its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, naming the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the country. The Colorado River is endangered by outdated water management that is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought.

"The River is severely over allocated under a series of out-dated laws and agreements commonly known as the "Law of the River", stated Abby Johnson, Chair of the Great Basin Water Network. "Past allocations were based on flows during an unusually high flow period, and according to a recent Bureau of Reclamation report are inadequate to meet today's demands let alone future demands from unsustainable growth and agriculture."

Nevada's share of the River - 300,000 acre feet annually is currently sufficient to meet the local demands, however it will not hold up under a repeat of the uncontrolled, rampant growth experienced between 1990 and 2007.

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