Tag Archives: drought

Existential threats in the Colorado River Basin

Not one thing explains the declining levels in Lake Mead, but one thing’s clear: another good snow year in the Rockies won’t solve the Colroado River problems.
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Drought in Colorado River Basin best explained by temperatures

You must invoke temperature to explain the current Colorado River drought, says the Colorado Water institute’s Brad Udall about the intersection of water and global warming.

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Drying out of the American Southwest

A new study finds reduced precipitation in the American Southwest in the last several decades to accompany rising temperatures. But the big picture of water remains to be painted.
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Letting water flow down the Yampa to Lake Powell

irrigation at Colorado’s Carpenter Ranch along the Yampa River was suspended this year July 1, part of a pilot program in the Colorado River Basin intended to create greater flexibility in water in anticipation of drought. Continue reading

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The real war of electrical co-ops

If there was ever an argument for a transition to a 21st-century energy infrastructure, look no further than our current challenges with the economies that have been built on the backs of the Colorado River. Continue reading

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