When presidential hopeful John McCain expressed his opinion that the Colorado River Compact be renegotiated, potential voters reacted with uproar. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, many in the already water-politicked swing state of Colorado worried that the Arizona senator’s comment indicated his desire to redirect the flow of the conversation toward the river’s parched and populous Lower Basin.
In an effort to regain Colorado voters’ confidence, he rescinded his comment — explaining that he was merely interested in continuing the conversation. The Colorado River Compact currently regulates use of the resource between Upper Basin states like Colorado and Lower Basin states, such as Arizona, Nevada and California.
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Source: San Francisco Chronicle