Fall 2014

Drought in the Lower Colorado—Infrastructure Needs

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Drought in the Lower Colorado—Infrastructure Needs

Despite drought in the western United States, currently there are no declared water shortages on the Colorado River. But changing hydrologic conditions have resulted in lower natural flows of water on the Colorado, and that means the era of water shortages is around the corner, perhaps as early as 2017. With predicted declines of water inflow in Lake Mead and anticipated growth in demand for Colorado River water, infrastructure investments have a critical role to play in meeting future water demands.

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