Decreased snowpack in the Rocky Mountains may compound problems for Colorado, Arizona, California, and other Western states.
On April 10th, 61 percent of the lower 48 states were listed by the U.S. Drought Monitor to be in abnormally dry or drought conditions. To assess the vulnerabilities of the watershed and consider how water supply and demand might change in the coming years, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has embarked on a study of theColoradoRiver Basin to be released this July.
“Existing demand very clearly outstrips existing supply,” says Barry Nelson, a senior policy analyst in the water program at the environmental nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “That’s the main reason we’re seeing declining storage. That simply cannot continue.”
Major rivers that run dry and do not reach the sea anymore during the dry season include the Colorado in the southwestern United States, Rio Grande along the border between Texas and Mexico, Yellow River in the Northern China… Read List
Tumbling into the Powderhorn Valley, Cebolla Creek gains speed and volume as it collects water from hillside springs and mountain snowmelt. As it makes its way north to Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County, the Cebolla offers some of the best dry fly fishing of any stream in Colorado. > Read more