Colorado river Marble Canyon By Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Three recent studies reveal shrinking water supplies in the West. All three studies indicate a warming climate is significantly impacting water supplies. Mighty rivers, snowpack and groundwater reserves deep beneath the Earth’s surface make up the interconnected sources upon which the West relies. However, snowpack has become less reliable and groundwater levels have dropped. Complicating matters further, the Colorado River flows were nearly 20 percent lower between 2000 and 2014.

“Climate change is real, it’s here now, it’s serious and it’s impacting our water supplies in a way that will affect all of us,” says Bradley Udall, a water and climate researcher at Colorado State University.

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