Variability is a big piece of the hydrology puzzle. In 2000, the Colorado River Basin entered a long-term dry period. Though the Western Slope has received a few winters of good snowpack in the last two decades, this long-term trend is still in place and negatively impacting Western Colorado. Schumacher and Kanzer will examine how this “new normal” is showing that the record of previous averages and patterns is not holding up whether it be snow, rains or monsoons.
Water security for Western Colorado has been the Colorado River District’s chief mission since its founding in 1937. Protecting West Slope water starts with understanding the hydrology of each season and employing science and studies to inform water policies moving forward.
This is the third in the River District’s “Water With Your Lunch” series of lunchtime webinars. Previous webinars can be viewed Here