Historic drought declaration for Colorado River

The first ever shortage declaration for the lower Colorado River was made today.  In the next 2 years, we could see water deliveries cut for southwestern states.

We ask, is this enough?  Should we wait two more years?  Shouldn’t conservation become a larger part of our culture?

A list of new releases on today’s historic decision, provided by Lynn Hamilton of Grand Canyon River Guides (www.gcrg.org), follows:

You can read the Bureau of Reclamation press release here: http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44245

The NPR reporting on the story is here: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/16/212527903/drought-forces-restrictions-on-colorado-river-water-releases
Here’s the AP version of the story: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_23875051/feds-begin-colorado-river-water-drought-measures
And the front page article from the Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130815water-fears-rise-lake-powell-drops.html

And for more interesting reading, you can turn to the blog written last month by William DeBuys, author of A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest at:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175730/tomgram%3A_william_debuys%2C_goodbye_to_all_that_%28water%29/

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-oe-debuys-colorado-river-20130730,0,4550765.story  (this is an abbreviated version that appeared as a LA Times Op-Ed)


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