As everyone knows, Mark Twain said: In the West, whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.
But with drought strangling the Colorado River, the seven states that depend on the river need to cooperate as never before in sharing and conserving this priceless commodity, according to federal agencies that oversee river allocations.
A report issued during a high-level water meeting in San Diego said, "This effort will require innovative thinking, integration of many viewpoints, and a commitment to work in a positive and collaborative spirit."
The Colorado River provides water for Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego and myriad other cities. And it also irrigates cropland that provides 15% of the nation's food, including from the Imperial Valley, the largest single user of Colorado River water.