More Equitable Water/Power Distribution in the American West?

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    California disproportionately benefits from water and power projects in the American West. California receives more water draw rights from the Colorado River than any other state under the Colorado River Compact (more than Nevada and Arizona combined), and it also receives more power from Hoover Dam than Nevada and Arizona combined. This is despite the fact that California is barely within the Colorado River Basin and the Hoover Dam site straddles the border between Nevada and Arizona. At one point in the 1940s California even tried to get the Columbia River diverted to meet its water needs, but the Pacific Northwest and other states in the Bonneville Power Administration service area were able to band together to prevent that from happening. The Pacific DC Intertie was established to trade power between the BPA and California, but water has never been diverted.

    Nevada and Arizona obviously benefited greatly from the development of their water resources, but they are being held back now by the old arrangements made when they were much less populous states. California benefits disproportionately from the Colorado River Basin that it is barely even part of. Might there be a push for the Colorado River Compact to be renegotiated in the future to allocate more water and power to Nevada and Arizona? What impact would there be on the American West?
     
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