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Drought is forcing farmers in Colorado to make tough choices

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Drought compounded by climate change has left the once robust river a ribbon of cobblestones, a trickle of water and small, shallow pools.

"It's really an unfortunate and tragic, incredible canyon with sort of a meek river that was once really a giant, wonderful symbol of the Wild West," said Jim White, an aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Low water levels in the river leave fish like bluehead sucker and roundtail chub with nowhere to go, White says.

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