As of August 13, 2013, severe to exceptional drought gripped nearly all of the Colorado RIver's watershed in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, California, and Colorado. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC.
The great drought affecting the area of Lake Powell's Glen Canyon Dam to hit its record point where the Colorado River flow is presented with 9% less than the minimum required to supply California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. The 79% of Western U.S. was in at least severe drought, and 45% of the region was in the two highest categories of drought--extreme to exceptional. Two more years and the Colorado River is over, was predicted for 2015 in several studies.
Regarding this issue we share a few articles found on the web that we hope will help you understand the danger that being generated by climate change.
- Unprecedented Cut in Colorado River Flow Ordered, Due to Drought. By: Dr. Jeff Masters
- Feds Slash Colorado River Release to Historic Lows. For: National Geographic. Amazing interactive view of the Colorado River flow.
- Locals Help Restore the Colorado Delta. By Sandra Postel
- Returning the Colorado River to the Sea. By Sandra Postel
- Could These 20 Cities Run Out of Water?. By: Nick Wiltgen
- Scientists Predicted A Decade Ago Arctic Ice Loss Would Worsen Western Droughts. Is That Happening Already? By: Joe RommO
- How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West. By: Tom Kenworthy
- The Stream, August 22: United Nations Conference Emphasizes Water Management as Crucial to Sustainable Development. By: Rachael Sun
- Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volumes 1979-2012