"Colorado River Water Supply To Fall Short of Demand, Study Says"

"The federal report predicts a drier future for the seven states that rely on the Colorado for water. A range of solutions, some impractical, are proposed."

"Water demand in the Colorado River Basin will greatly outstrip supply in coming decades as a result of drought, climate change and population growth, according to a broad-ranging federal study.

It projects that by 2060, river supplies will fall short of demand by about 3.2 million acre-feet — more than five times the amount of water annually consumed by Los Angeles.

'This study should serve as a call to action,' U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday as he released a report that predicted a drier future for the seven states that depend on the Colorado for irrigation and drinking supplies. 'We can plan for this together.'

The analysis lists a range of proposed solutions, including some that Interior officials immediately dismissed as politically or technically infeasible. Among them: building a pipeline to import water from the Missouri or Mississippi rivers and towing icebergs to Southern California."

Bettina Boxall reports for the Los Angeles Times December 13, 2012.


"Colorado River Won't Meet Needs of Users in 7 Western US States, 50-Year Report Finds" (AP)

"Colorado River Basin Study Projects Future Water Shortages" (Salt Lake Tribune)

"Department of Interior Releases Colorado River Study" (Las Vegas Sun)

Source: LA Times, 12/13/2012