The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife.

However, demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea.

Video by Pete McBride. Flights by Lighthawk, Ecoflight.

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