From the Summit Daily
BY DONNA GRAY
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The growing concern with global warming and the drastic climate changes that could occur in its wake are resonating here in the Colorado River Valley. And water managers are worried.
This week, at a meeting of the Colorado River Water Conservation District board of directors, river district general manager Eric Kuhn said recent research findings by nationally recognized climatologist Robert Balling suggest annual runoff from spring snowmelt in the Colorado basin could decrease 35 percent by 2050.
How decreases in water flows due to climate change will impact an already strapped supply in the Colorado River can only be surmised. Nevertheless, it must be factored in to projections of future water demands, especially with the growing population on the Front Range.
"The issue of future climate change on water resources is just now beginning to get attention within the water community," Kuhn said. More...