Southern California Begins 'Emergency Withdrawals' From Lake Mead

Published: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:28pm
Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 3:29pm
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Lake Mead.

There is a massive deadline looming for states that draw water from the Colorado River Basin — Arizona included.

If an agreement on water use and conservation isn’t reached by Jan. 31, the federal government can step in and begin to make conservation decisions for the states. We’ve covered this story extensively on The Show with KJZZ’s Bret Jaspers, but now, there is another twist in it — this time out of California.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — that’s the water district for Los Angeles — began what is being referred to as “defensive withdrawals” from Lake Mead. Remember, Lake Mead is severely low, and if L.A. takes all of the water they’ve been allotted, it will trigger emergency supply restrictions for everyone else.

So, why are they doing this with the agreement deadline so close? The Show turned to Debra Kahn who covers California environmental policy and broke the story for Politico Pro.

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