As a semi-arid state that straddles the Continental Divide, meeting water demands is a challenge in Colorado. The water is not naturally in the same place as a majority of people. Coloradans have relied especially heavily on the mighty Colorado River Basin. Transbasin diversions have helped Colorado make the most of its Colorado River water by moving it around the state, or by providing additional storage to maximize its use within its native basin. As much as these projects have benefited the state, however, they have not been without environmental and economic costs that continue to be considered, negotiated and, in some cases, minimized today. Learn about the history and challenges of these massive projects.
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