Steven discusses water issues in the West and how numerous factors, including increased water use and drought, can negatively impact fish and wildlife populations.
• The Colorado River supplies water to more than 25 million people, irrigates more than 3.5 million acres of farmland and is a primary water source for Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tucson.
• The West’s population is expected to double in the next 20 years; this will stretch further the already taxed watershed.
• Ninety percent of the water used in the West is for irrigated agricultural fields.
• Of the 1,200 species listed as threatened or endangered, 50 percent rely completely on rivers and streams for survival.
Season 1: Episode 3