Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado and Lower Colorado Regions
http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy.html [Website]
http://on.doi.gov/128qG2u [DOI Press Release]

[Green Car Congress] A newly released study—authorized by Congress and jointly funded and prepared by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and the seven Colorado River Basin states—projects water supply and demand imbalances throughout the Colorado River Basin and adjacent areas over the next 50 years. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study, the first of its kind, also includes a wide array of adaptation and mitigation strategies proposed by stakeholders and the public to address the projected imbalances.

The average imbalance in future supply and demand is projected to be greater than 3.2 million acre-feet by 2060, according to the study. One acre-foot of water is approximately the amount of water used by a single household in a year. The study projects that the largest increase in demand will come from municipal and industrial users, owing to population growth…

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