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Apr 9, 2012 4:51 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Interior Secretary Salazar to speak on energy and water conservation

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in Colorado to discuss energy, water and conservation in the West.

Salazar is scheduled to speak tonight at Colorado College, where students have been studying how to preserve the health of the Colorado River Basin.

Salazar is a graduate of Colorado College.

The Colorado River system provides municipal water for more than 30 million people in Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico, and it also benefits about 6 million Mexicans.

Climate change and drought have heightened interest in how the river basin states and Mexico can continue sharing the river and still support irrigation, hydropower, tourism, recreation, agricultural, municipal and environmental interests.

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