Recent studies of past climate and streamflow conditions have broadened understanding of long-term water availability in the Colorado River, revealing many periods when streamflow was lower than at any time in the past 100 years of recorded flows. That information, along with two important trends—a rapid increase in urban populations in the West and significant climate warming in the region—will require that water managers prepare for possible reductions in water supplies that cannot be fully averted through traditional means. Colorado River Basin Water Management assesses existing scientific information, including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections, and how it relates to Colorado River water supplies and demands, water management, and drought preparedness. The book concludes that successful adjustments to new conditions will entail strong and sustained cooperation among the seven Colorado River basin states and recommends conducting a comprehensive basinwide study of urban water practices that can be used to help improve planning for future droughts and water shortages.
National Research Council. 2007. Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11857.
|2 Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Colorado River Development||26-72|
|3 Climate and Hydrology of the Colorado River Basin Region||73-111|
|4 Prospects for Conserving and Extending Water Supplies||112-132|
|5 Colorado River Basin Drought Planning Strategies and Organizations||133-150|
|Appendix A Letter to Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton from the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming Governor's Representatives on Colorado River Operations||173-200|
|Appendix B Guest Speakers at Committee Meetings||201-202|
|Appendix C Water Science and Technology Board||203-204|
|Appendix D Biographical Information for Committee on the Scientific Bases of Colorado River Basin Water Management||205-210|
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