Colorado River

March 10, 2016--El Nino and the Colorado (Boulder Weekly)

Water levels and rainfall for the Colorado River basin were below-average in January and February, and will remain so until at least July 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The basin is at only 61 percent of its seasonal average. Likewise, inflow into Lake Powell and Lake Mead is also below the seasonal average.


March 9, 2016--Colorado River flows reduced by warmer spring temperatures (University of Arizona)

Warmer-than-average spring temperatures reduce upper Colorado River flows more than previously recognized, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led team. Although climate models have suggested that spring temperatures affect stream flow, this study is the first to examine the instrumental historical record to see if a temperature effect could be detected, said lead author


March 4, 2016--Future of the Colorado River Basin (Arizona State University)

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to k


February 10, 2016--Drying out of the American Southwest (Mountain Town News)

Peering through a window on a flight from Denver to Los Angeles, you first see the Rocky Mountains, rich with forests and snow, here and there a ski area. Then, for the majority of the trip you see aridity, the soft greens of sagebrush steppes at higher elevations dissolving to harsh pigments of the Mojave Desert until you get to the exurbs of LA. This is the American Southwest.


February 5, 2016--The right to waste water: In the west, water users forced to use it or lose it (Pro Publica)

High in the Rocky Mountains, snowmelt fills a stream that trickles down into Ohio Creek and then onward toward the Upper Gunnison River.


January 11, 2016--Department of the Interior proposes adaptive management framework for Glen Canyon Dam (St. George News)

The U.S. Department of the Interior released a proposed framework Friday for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem.


New Colorado River Website

According to a new U.S. Interior Department website (www.doi.gov/water/owdi.cr.drought/en/index.html), the Colorado River and its tributaries:

-  Are directly linked to nine National Parks and seven National Wildlife Refuges, which support over $1 billion in tourism revenue each year.


January 6, 2016--Is the Rio Grande headed for “permanent drought”? (New Mexico In-Depth)

In the mad rush to get a jump on holiday vacation, readers probably missed the release of an important paper on water and climate change in the West. But don’t worry.


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