State’s use of river could run dry

Outlet: Durango Herald

June 9, 2011

The changing climate could reduce the Colorado River’s volume an average of 9 percent a year in the next half-century, making it unlikely that Colorado will ever get to use all the water to which it is legally entitled, according to a new federal report. Long droughts of five years or more will occur 40 percent of the time during the next 50 years, the report says. Monday’s report is the first of several in the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the seven states that use the Colorado River. Although several academic studies have been done on the Colorado River and climate change, this is the first major effort by the federal government…

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