Warmer days are here, and the snow that supplies most of the water to the Colorado River is melting. Our drought-stricken region needs all the water it can get. So as the last traces of winter come to a close in the mountains, KUNC’s Alex Hager tells us what we can expect for a summer in the Colorado River basin.
After another long, dry summer across the West -- many are hoping for a wet winter. With reservoirs in the region at record-low levels, a lot is riding on what the next few months will bring. But as KUNC’s Alex Hager reports -- even a snowy winter won’t be enough to ease more than two decades of drought...
The federal government declared a water shortage for much of the Southwest last week, resulting in the first ever mandatory cutbacks for some who draw from the Colorado River. As two decades of drought, increased demand and climate change cut deep into the West’s water supply, the region is looking ahead to a future where supplies might drop further still.