Interior Secretary Gale Norton says dams need to be expanded or new ones built along Colorado's Front Range and other Western urban centers. If not, a water crisis could hit by 2025 because of the region's
In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Norton identified
the following areas at being at most risk for experiencing a water
crisis within a couple decades: the Front Range between Fort Collins and Pueblo, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Houston, Salt Lake City, and Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Bureau of Reclamation identified those areas by looking at
population trends, historic rainfall, water storage and the habitats of endangered species.