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INCREASE THE FLOW OF WATER TO THE YUMA WETLANDS: REGIONAL GEM BEING IMPACTED BY DROUGHT
Lowell Perry, Jr., Executive Director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area & Fred Phillips, Fred Phillips Consulting
The effects of sustained drought are real. One need only look to the proliferation of wildfires, dying vegetation, and record temperatures across the country to realize that scientific fact. It is of special concern to those of us living in the desert southwest, where water is a premium commodity, especially in Yuma, Arizona. The Yuma area, including the nearby Imperial Valley in California, both along the lower Colorado River, produces nearly 90% of the leafy fresh vegetables grown in the United States from November through March.