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Drought to dominate Colorado River states meeting in Vegas

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, the high water mark for Lake Mead is seen on Hoover Dam and its spillway near Boulder City, Nev.Fearing ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every last drop with projects like dams and diversions that some think could threaten the cooperation that experts say is crucial to managing the scarce resource. Against the backdrop of what could be a looming turf war, eight Western governors meeting in Las Vegas will talk this weekend about drought, and water managers from seven states will meet a couple of days later to talk about ways to make sure 40 million customers in the parched Colorado River basin donai??i??t go thirsty. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this April 16, 2013 file photo, the high water mark for Lake Mead is seen on Hoover Dam and its spillway near Boulder City, Nev. Fearing ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every last drop with projects like dams and diversions that some think could threaten the cooperation that experts say is crucial to managing the scarce resource. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Amid worries that crucial multi-state water agreements are beginning to erode due to ongoing drought, representatives of seven Colorado River basin states are meeting in Las Vegas this week.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is set to get a report Wednesday calling for his state to capture and use every legal drop of Rocky Mountain snowmelt before it flows downstream.

Meanwhile, officials from Arizona, California and Nevada are touting a cooperative agreement aimed at keeping the water level above critical stage at drought-depleted Lake Mead. The federal Bureau of Reclamation is also involved.

The vast reservoir behind Hoover Dam serves as a key measuring bowl ai??i?? with its surface level measured hourly.

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