Could desalination play a role in the future of the Colorado River? | Greenbiz – GreenBiz

The interviews for this story took place from fall 2019 to spring 2020 as part of the author’s Ted Scripps Fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism. The story was supported by The Water Desk, an independent journalism initiative based at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism.

This story was originally published on Ensia.com 

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The Morelos Dam controls water flow from the U.S. to Mexico.

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During construction of the Yuma Desalting Plant, redirected agricultural runoff from Arizona to a desert spot in Sonora created an “accidental wetland,” the Ciénega de Santa Clara. 

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Israel’s desalination operations have been key to the country’s water security and relations.

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The Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego opened in 2015 and meets around 10 percent of San Diego County’s demand.

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A 2015 facility meets around 10% of San Diego County’s demand and has raised household water bills by about $5 a month.