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US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

CREATED Aug 29, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A top federal water administrator says several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and "over-allocated" Colorado River basin.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told a "Business of Water" conference on Friday in Las Vegas on there's no one-step way to avoid the possibility of cuts in water deliveries to states including Arizona and Nevada in the next few years.

She says it'll take multiple, incremental efforts.

Castle is a top federal water administrator.

She says other myths are that cities just need to stop wasting water and that water is too valuable to use on farms.

Castle says cooperation is needed on all sides, and myths can be dangerous if they lead people to complacency.