Tag Archives: Lake Mead

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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Snow, runoff and the Colorado River Basin

It was a good snow year in the headwaters of the Colorado River. So why has the runoff been so-so? Continue reading

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The causes of Lake Mead’s expanding bathtub ring

Drought has been blamed for declining water levels in Lake Mead and other Colorado River reservoirs, but Brad Udall also points to increased evaporation and transpiration resulting from rising temperatures. Continue reading

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Rising temperatures, receding Colorado River reservoirs

Declining reservoir levels in the Colorado River Basin have been blamed on drought since 2000, but water researcher Doug Kenney argues that it’s only third in the list of suspects, behind rising temperatures and growing populations. Continue reading

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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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Can cloud-seeding ride to the rescue?

Can’t technology save us from the hard edges of aridity in the American Southwest? In the case of cloud-seeding, the answer seems to be no, a well-funded and extensive experiment in Wyoming suggests. Continue reading

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Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River

With Lake Mead rapidly drawing to a time when it can no longer provide the water committed to California, Arizona and Nevada, Brad Udall examines the thinking of politicians and policymakers in authorizing the Central Arizona Project in 1968. Continue reading

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