How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West | ThinkProgress

worthy, Guest Blogger on August 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

Lake Mead’s “bathtub ring” at the top of the white band shows how high the water used to be.

Lake Mead’s “bathtub ring” at the top of the white band shows how high the water used to be.

CREDIT: (Credit: AP)

This week, to see how climate change will pull a nasty water surprise on the desert Southwest, you only need to look at one river.

Lake Powell is the giant reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border that backs up behind Glen Canyon Dam and is the linchpin for managing the Colorado River. The Colorado basically makes modern life possible in seven western states by providing water for some 40 million people and irrigating 4 million acres of crops. It is also depended upon by 22 native American tribes, 7 national wildlife refuges and 11 national parks.

via How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West | ThinkProgress.

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