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Since the creation of the Colorado River Compact, the Colorado River Basin has been bound by a structural deficit. Severely over-estimating the basin’s output of water, the Compact commissioners put the Colorado River on track for a gross supply-demand imbalance. This imbalance has affected every state in the basin, but perhaps none more than California, which has fueled its unprecedented growth with surplus Colorado River water that is no longer available. Water desalination technologies have been developing rapidly in recent years, and California is eager to utilize them; but because the process of desalinating ocean water continues to be prohibitively expensive and environmentally dangerous, it is not a long-term solution for the state’s predicament. Fortunately, with the legalization of sports betting in America, a new method of financing water supply projects—ideally, projects that promote water conservation and sustainability—may be available.



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