#Arizona’s #megadrought worst on record — ArizonaFamily.com #drought #aridification #ColoradoRiver #COriver

Roosevelt Dam, Salt River, Arizona. By Nicholas Hartmann – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51639491

From ArizonaFamily.com (Ashlee DeMartino):

“This current megadrought began in the mid-1990s. So if you do the calculations, 25 years now,” said Dr. Kevin Murphy, researcher of Hydro-climatology at Arizona State University.

Megadroughts can run 10 to 30 years. Dr. Kevin Murphy from ASU looked at tree ring records and found our current one.

“This has been the most severe megadrought over 1,000 years; that’s what we found by looking at the records,” said Dr. Murphy.

A drought like this can put a significant stress on our water supply.

“The Salt River Project was formed in 1903. It was a direct result of the severe drought that occurred between 1898 and 1905,” said Charlie Ester, Water Manager for SRP. That project has kept the water supply flowing into the Valley ever since…

The Salt and Verde rivers rely on mother nature to keep them replenished, with 75 percent of the water coming from our winter storms.

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