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With less water in the Colorado River, changes could be in store for Coloradans

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Rafting on the Colorado River in Glenwood Cayon on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Colorado and other states that share the Colorado River could face new restrictions in the future as water levels drop to historic lows. On Tuesday, federal officials announced Arizona and Nevada would face initial restrictions on the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River. Officials stopped short of imposing cuts on the remaining five states in the Colorado River basin, but the prospect looms as the nation's largest reservoirs hit record-low levels after two decades of drought made worse by climate change.

Jennifer Pitt, director of the Colorado River program for the National Audubon Society, talked with CPR's Andrea Dukakis about some of the approaches Colorado could take to conserve more water, including changing how farmers grow crops and how cities design their urban spaces.