The Colorado River is made up of water that originates from melted snowpack and natural runoff from precipitation in the mountains of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.
What is the water used for once it reaches the Coachella Valley? 
Where does Colorado River water come from?
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After arriving at the 80-mile-long All-American Canal, water from the Colorado River is then diverted through six channels, including the Coachella Canal, which then transports a portion of the imported water to the Coachella Valley.
After traveling for 123 miles through the Coachella Canal, the imported water is then used for irrigation and recreational purposes throughout the Eastern Coachella Valley, and it is also used to preserve groundwater levels.
How is fresh water from the Colorado River diverted to the Coachella Valley?
After traveling for 123 miles through the Coachella Canal, the imported water is then used for irrigation and recreational purposes throughout the Eastern Coachella Valley, and it is also used to preserve groundwater levels.
Once water from the mountains enters the Colorado River mainstream, it then travels southwest through multiple dams that help navigate the directional flow of the water towards the All-American Canal before reaching the Sea of Cortez.