Colorado farmers face difficult questions over future of river water
Surrounding Bernal’s land are the vistas of the Grand Valley, a strip of high desert situated on Colorado’s Western Slope marked by dusty mesas and cliffs and the winding, ever-present Colorado River, which plunges down from the mountains to the east. Grand Valley farmers and ranchers use the water to irrigate tens of thousands of acres, growing everything from peaches and corn to wheat and alfalfa. But since 2000 flows on the river have declined 20% and water levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead have dropped to less than 30% of their combined storage. With the river overtaxed, Grand Valley farmers now face difficult questions regarding the future of water in Colorado and the West.
- jfleck@inkstain: A reminder that the federal government does not use Colorado River water
- The Associated Press: In Arizona, worry about access to Colorado River water
- Desert Sun – Opinion: It’s time to stop crop-shaming Western farmers amid drought
- NBC – Palm Springs: California negotiating voluntarily conserving water amid drought
- KCET: A Warmer, Drier West: A Detailed History and Possible Future of Water Use in the West