Southwest drought rivals the worst
Apr 23, 2020
By Gary Wockner, Save the Colorado
A major new study published in the journal Science last week offers new insights on the impact climate change is having on Colorado River flows. The research used tree-ring data to measure soil moisture content dating back to 800 A.D. The paper states that the drought we have been experiencing since the year 2000 is worse than almost every other "megadrought" in the last 1,200 years. It draws a correlation between the worsening drought and human caused climate change.
The New York Times, as well as other major newspapers covered the issue. This story puts a nail in the coffin of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam -- there simply is not enough water to operate the current system and the current dams and reservoirs, let alone enough water to even consider and new dams any diversions.
Denver Water needs to wake up and admit the absurdity of devastating Boulder County with the construction of a larger Gross Dam when there will very likely never be enough water to ever fill the expanded reservoir.
Expanding Gross Reservoir makes NO SENSE in the face of ongoing drought. STOP GROSS DAM!