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The Rio Grande: A River Runs Dry

Via New Mexico Political Report, an article on the Rio Grande: Albuquerque residents coping with the COVID-19 pandemic have flocked to the Rio Grande this spring and summer in droves, said John Fleck, director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. “What we’re seeing in Albuquerque is stunning. People are in […]

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American West May Be Entering Worst ‘Megadrought’ In History

Via Smithsonian Magazine, a very sobering article on the perilous water future facing the American West: Drought has scorched western North America for the better part of two decades, withering crops, draining rivers and fueling fires. Scientists now warn that this trend could be just the beginning of an extended megadrought that ranks among the […]

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Day Zero For Colorado River?

Via Sustainable Waters, rather sobering commentary and analysis of the grave future facing the Colorado River and its two main lake reservoirs: America’s two largest reservoirs — Lake Mead and Lake Powell on the Colorado River — could both run of out water in just five years. I really wish this was an April Fool’s […]

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Climate Change: Drying Up The Colorado River, Putting Millions at Risk

Via CNN, an article on a new report that states the Colorado River is in ‘grave danger’: The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles — has seen its flow dwindle by 20 percent compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is […]

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Declining Colorado River Supply

Via Sustainable Waters, a report on the growing water crisis in the Colorado River Basin: Image: Lake Powell lost nearly half of its storage capacity during 2000-2018. It’s a bit hard to believe now, but back in 2012 there wasn’t a lot of talk about fresh water in the global dialogues on climate change. Yes, […]

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The American West’s Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error

Via Outside Magazine, commentary on how the inability of western states to track water usage is exacerbating the region’s drought crisis: Back in 2013, Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, an environmental advocacy group, asked Utah’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) for the data used to create a landmark study of the state’s […]

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