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The Colorado River makes its way south from the Rocky Mountains, meandering through Canyonlands National Park before feeding into Lake Powell, and eventually cutting its way through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River provides much of the water consumed across western states, including California. Unprecedented population growth in the West and severe drought have tapped the once mighty Colorado and almost every drop is allocated for use. The Colorado River represents a finite resource of fresh water which no longer reaches the Gulf of California, to meet the Sea of Cortez.