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"Using a satellite designed to track changes in groundwater, the research team found that the Colorado River basin—which supplies water to 40 million people in seven states—lost 15.6 cubic miles of freshwater in the last 10 years. More than 75 percent of that loss came due to excessive groundwater pumping. It’s the first study to quantify just how big a role the overuse of groundwater plays in dwindling water resources out West."
~ new study jointly released Thursday by NASA and the University of California at Irvine
“If Lake Mead goes below elevation 1,000, we lose any capacity to pump water to serve the municipal needs of seven in 10 people in the state of Nevada.”
~ John Entsminger
"Combined with declining snowpack and population growth, this will likely threaten the long-term ability of the basin to meet its water allocation commitments to the seven basin states and to Mexico."
~ Jay Famiglietti,
"In the seven years between these images, desert shrubs have reclaimed part of what was once Lake Mead. Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images"