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Across West, 'use or lose' laws encourage water waste

A vestige of 139-year-old water law pushes ranchers to use as much water as they possibly can, even during a drought. “Use it or lose it” clauses are common in state laws throughout the Colorado River basin and give the farmers, ranchers and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need. ... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

How Arizona cotton is fueling the West's water crisis

The government's damaging choice to back cotton in the desert.... Read more»1