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Climate change could hit Colorado River hard

Local weather change may hit Colorado River onerous

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Harnessing ever-increasing computing capabilities, a brand new study has analyzed streamflow within the Colorado River Basin at a finer, extra zoomed-in scale than has beforehand been attainable. And what they discovered will not be nice information for the 40 million individuals who at present depend on Colorado River water.

About 85 p.c of Colorado River water originates from snowpack and rainfall within the river’s headwaters area on the west slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From there, it continues downstream to quench the thirst of cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and, if the Lake Powell Pipeline is constructed, St. George. However earlier than it trickles down the mountainous slopes and leads to the river, a few of that water is slurped up by high-alpine evergreen forests.

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