Have we stabilized the Colorado River’s water supplies?

It’s a bait and switch. The answer is “no”. (It always is when it ends with a question mark. See Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.) But as I report in my water newsletter, there are some encouraging signs that we’re moving in the right direction.

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  1. Meanwhile: a study released last month by the U.S. Geological Survey found that groundwater sustains more than half the flow of rivers in the upper part of the Colorado River Basin, a finding that exacerbates the need to protect the resource, especially since a 2015 study done by a team of NASA scientists found that some 13 trillion gallons of groundwater had been lost from the Colorado River Basin since NASA began collecting data in 2004. (High Country News; 06/20/2016) https://www.hcn.org/articles/more-than-half-of-the-rivers-in-the-upper-colorado-basin-originate-as-groundwater

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