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An extraordinary set of circumstances produced the Colorado River Compact of 1922. The question now is whether the compact and other laws and treaties collectively called the Law of the River are sufficiently resilient to prevent teeth-barring among the seven states of the basin in circumstances that during the 21st century may be even more extraordinary.
All you have to do is look toward the mountains to know something unusual is happening. It's pushing June, and Colorado high country remains decidedly white. It's not unusual to see snow on the mountains any time of year. What is unusual is the depth of that snow.