The Times podcast: Colorado River in Crisis, Part 5: The Valley

All-American Canal
The All American Canal moves Colorado River water from Arizona into California, here in the area of Gordon’s Well.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

California’s Imperial Valley has some of the lowest rainfall in the state, yet uses the largest allotment of Colorado River water. Why is such an arid part of the state an agricultural powerhouse?

Today, we look into how the region secured its rights. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times water reporter Ian James

More reading:

In California’s Imperial Valley, farmers brace for a future with less Colorado River water

Colorado River in Crisis: A Times series on the Southwest’s shrinking water lifeline

California is isolated and alone in battle over Colorado River water cuts

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