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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Continuing drought, the overuse of the Colorado River, groundwater management and knowing whose water rights end where are all factors driving the first-ever regional integration of West-wide water data.

Utah, Idaho and Wyoming already are supplying information that will be contained in a portal to access for water managers and policymakers across the region.

Such integration will help those in charge of water management decisions in a time when water scarcity — or the fear of it — is creating a new paradigm for how the West’s most precious resource is ultimately handled, said Tony Willardson, executive director of the Western States Water Council.

“One of the things we are learning is there’s not enough information for the decisions we have to make as a water community, and part of that relates to access to data and other information,” he added. (…)

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