June 17, 2013
A Growing Water Deficit in the West
Posted on Dec 13, 2012
A three-year study by the Department of the Interior has concluded that a hotter, drier climate is threatening the water supply for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River.
The study predicts smaller rivers, shrinking snowpack, struggling crops and an intensifying competition among wildlife.
Solutions proposed by state water authorities include diverting the Missouri River to the Denver area and desalinating ocean water, while others have suggested floating icebergs south and importing water on tankers. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called those solutions politically and technically infeasible, The Denver Post reported. Conservationists responded similarly.
Dan Grossman, regional director of the Environmental Defense Fund, said that new systems that better share and reuse water were the most promising and practical.
“The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the dry West and what makes it possible for us to live in this spectacular region,” he said. “We can’t keep bleeding the river.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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