Lake Mead plan may not be what we like, but it could be what we need

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An intake tower (left) stands in Lake Mead beside Hoover Dam, which straddles the Arizona-Nevada state line on the Colorado River.

The latest proposal to save Lake Mead solves nothing, long-term.

Its success relies on the premise that farmers, cities and tribes in Arizona, California and Nevada will volunteer, rather than being forced, to temporarily stop using significantly more Colorado River water than they have before.

Most of that saved water will come at a price.

And if the proposal works as envisioned, it would simply stabilize Lake Mead until the current rules to operate the lake expire at the end of 2026.

Essentially, buying us time.

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