Colorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study Interim Report #1 is hot off the press

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From the Colorado Independent (David O. Williams):

Some will no doubt say such a report is a waste of federal and state funding and that scenarios suggesting global climate change will be a factor are politically motivated. But the climate change model is one of just four possible scenarios contemplated in the report, and an ongoing drought that has depleted Lake Powell and other major reservoirs along the Colorado is factually impossible to deny.

“We are fortunate here in that the State of Colorado has recognized the importance of understanding the future water supply and demand challenges, and we have made great steps forward in identifying issues and strategies,” Jennifer Gimbel, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), said in a recent release.

From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel):

Although several academic studies have been done on the Colorado River and climate change, this is the first major effort by the federal government…

The study predicted the San Juan Mountains will sustain some of the steepest declines in runoff from spring snowmelt in the whole seven-state area.

More Colorado River Basin coverage here.

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