Colorado “most endangered” American river

Posted on | April 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

Colorado River and Lake Powell, March 12, 2013. Source: NASA's Earth Observatory

Colorado River and Lake Powell, March 12, 2013. Source: NASA’s Earth Observatory. Click to enlarge.

The source of roughly one third of Southern California’s fresh water tops the 2013 “most endangered” list newly released by American Rivers. From the announcement:

“Flowing for more than 1,400 miles across seven states, the Colorado River is truly a lifeline in the desert. But over-allocation and drought have placed significant stress on water supplies, river health, and fish and wildlife. To underscore the immediacy of the problem, the basin is facing another drought this summer. The Bureau of Reclamation’s report released in December stresses that there is not enough water to meet current demands across the basin, let alone support future demand increases.” 

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One Response to “Colorado “most endangered” American river”

  1. Jaime Saldarriaga
    April 19th, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    So, looks like short term management might imply some type of water rationing?. Could price be a demand management variable?

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