Colorado River Flows Drop By 15 Percent Over Last 100 Years


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 05 September 2018

CLIMATE CHANGING WATER SYSTEM

Water Source for Millions Going Away...

Colorado River Flows Drop By 15 Percent Over Last 100 Years,
KUNC, September 5, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

"Warming temperatures are sapping the Colorado River, the water source for more than 40 million people in the southwest. A new study finds over the last 100 years the river’s flow has decreased by more than 15 percent."

"Warming temperatures throughout the Colorado River watershed accounted for more than half the decline in flows. Other factors include changes to precipitation patterns and loss of snowpack in high altitudes."

"From 2000 to 2014 flows in the river averaged 19 percent below those recorded the previous 93 years."

“It’s disturbing...I think we’re going to see a very different world as the 21st century unfolds with all these climate change impacts.”


The Situation

2018: New Weather Patterns Diminishing Rio Grand & Colorado Rivers

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2018: Impending Lake Mead Emergency Declaration

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