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Rising Temperatures to Blame for Water Loss in Colorado River

Yahoo News

Date: 2/27/2017 3:31:00 PM

The Colorado River is dwindling, and climate change is officially to blame. In the first 14 years of this century, the flow declined to only four-fifths of the 20th century average, according to new research. The water lost would have been enough to supply

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Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100

Value Walk

Date: 2/27/2017 8:40:00 AM

Warming in the 21st century has reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet—about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, a new study warns. “This paper is the first to show the large role that warming temperatures

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Climate change is already reducing flows in the Colorado River, scientists report

Washington Post

Date: 2/27/2017 7:46:00 AM

The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has gotten some temporary relief in the past few weeks after winter storms have pounded the region with fresh rain and snow. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times reported, the recent precipitation has caused federal

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Climate Change Stems the Flow of the Colorado River

Truthdig

Date: 2/27/2017 5:14:00 AM

LONDON—The Colorado River is dwindling, and climate change is officially to blame. In the first 14 years of this century, the flow declined to only four-fifths of the 20th century average, according to new research. The water lost would have been enough

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Our View: Who’s hurting the Colorado River? Hint: It’s not Mother Nature

Havasu News

Date: 2/26/2017 10:59:00 PM

It’s easy to blame Mother Nature for the West’s water problems. But the water cycle is not faltering. Humans’ increasing demands upon this natural resource is the real enemy. A year such as this one has provided more snowpack and rainfall than we

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• River: Colorado River
• Surface Area: 1,852 Acres
Shadow Mountain Lake is a reservoir in Grand County, Colorado, near the headwaters of the Colorado River. Shadow Mountain Lake is created by Shadow Mountain Dam. The lake forms a continuous body of water with Grand Lake, the largest natural lake in Colorado; they are separated by gates.

Shadow Mountain Lake is part of Arapaho National Recreation Area.

The creation of Shadow Mountain Lake was authorized by the Colorado-Big Thompson bill, passed in 1937, which also created the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Water from the Grand Lake-Shadow Mountain Lake body is diverted through the Alva B. Adams tunnel, at the eastern edge of Grand Lake, into the Big Thompson River on the east side of the Continental Divide. Storage began in 1947.
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