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More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
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A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060.

That's according to the latest data from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OhHnQI) that New Mexico and the other states that depend on the Colorado River Basin for water face a growing gap between how much water nature provides and how much people want to use.

Across the western United States, nearly 40 million people live in the region that gets its water from the Colorado.

By 2060, that is likely to rise to between 50 million and 75 million.