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Water officials meet to address Colorado River drought




 A general view of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project is seen left of the Hoover Dam October 26, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona.
A general view of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project is seen left of the Hoover Dam October 26, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona.
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There's no shortage of bad news about the water supply here in the Southwest. The region has seen one of the driest seasons in recent history. 

That drought is putting a big strain on the Colorado River, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven different states. Federal officials have called a meeting today in San Diego to try to address the issue.

Jay Famiglietti, Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modelling at UC Irvine, joins the show to explain.