How Do You Solve A Problem Like Southwestern Colorado’s Record Drought?

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Photo: Drought Monitor Aug 9 2018
Drought in Colorado as of Aug. 9, 2018.

Most of Colorado is abnormally dry or experiencing exceptional drought. The state's water stores in snow packs, reservoirs and aquifers are running low, and the impact is being felt. A recent Washington Post report found that fishing and rafting companies are affected by low water levels, and this week Aspen enacted the city's first-ever stage 2 water restrictions indefinitely.

Colorado Water Conservation Board director Rebecca Mitchell talked to Colorado Matters about the record drought in southwestern Colorado, and what the state may do to save water if the situation worsens.