Colorado River Water Future

Consider some of the following High Country News numbers to provide a sense of the Colorado River water future:

 ·   More than 30 million people in the West depend on the Colorado River's water and a U.S. Geological Survey study predicts that within 15 years, that number will increase by more than half.

·  By 2050, climate change will warm the Basin and dry out its soil to an extent not seen since the 1930s Dust Bowl.

·  By the end of this century, the Basin will see a 20 percent decrease in runoff, thanks to warming temperatures and earlier spring runoff.