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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 7:54 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A point-counterpoint debate about the federal role in managing regional water resources took added significance Thursday during an American Bar Association water-law conference at a casino in drought-threatened Las Vegas.

A water-rights lawyer from California, David Aladjem, argued that the federal role should be like that of a marriage counselor, encouraging commitments between states, including the seven that share the Colorado River before it reaches Mexico.

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