26 Apr '11, 3pm

Future Water Stress Detailed In U.S. Report on Western States

26 Apr 2011: Future Water Stress Detailed In U.S. Report on Western States A new U.S. government report on water in the American West in the 21st century forecasts that Click to enlarge U.S. Department of Interior Projected precipitation change, 2070-2099 temperatures in the region will soar by 5 to 7 degrees F., major rivers such as the Rio Grande and Colorado could see reductions in flow of up to 20 percent , and less snow will fall and will melt earlier. The report , released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, said that while the Pacific Northwest is likely to see an increase in precipitation in the 21st century, the southwestern U.S. will become even drier, seriously straining water supplies in a region whose population has been rising rapidly in recent decades. The report, presented by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, analyzed future water conditions in eight majo...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/future_water_stress_detailed_...

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