The Colorado River system irrigates approximately 4 million acres of agricultural land, supplies water to more than 35 million people in the U.S. and generates about 12 billion kilowatt-hours annually. Over time, environmental and industrial changes have severely altered its flow patterns and resulting habitats. The Colorado River basin was once home 30 species of fish found in no other river system. Today, of those 30 species, four are extinct, 12 are listed as endangered and four more are listed as threatened. To help restore the river and stop future damage, the Great Rivers Partnership plans to re-task water infrastructure and increase management flexibility to give surrounding communities and ecosystems a sustainable solution for the future.
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