Colorado River at a 'crossroads,' facing uncertain future

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  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    People flock to the warm climates of Arizona, Nevada and California then pirate our water to make their utopia possible.

  • Citizen Red Steamboat Springs, CO
    July 17, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    We have been able to extrapolate Colorado RIver Basin Flows far past one hundred years ago using whats called dendrochronolgy. This technique was pioneered in the 1950's at University of Arizona and in wide use today. To suggest that climates change as absorb!?, Some might not understand what the word, climate means, which, in fact is a range of variations that occurs in a given area . But to ridicule and dismiss the abundant FACTS that the Earths atmospheric composition is under accelerated change seems more and more the meager mumbles of political narcissists. Had to say it.
    But I love the dialog that this one rivers political delineations are also hurdles for the new west. We must act as a bio-region all bound to the sacred waters of the Colorado that sustain us. Our agriculture, our cities, energy and most importantly, the rivers themselves. Perhaps we should ask ourselves: Should we continue to cease the day? Or cease the future. Carpe MaƱana. This is our river.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    July 17, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    I can assure the readers that measurements of the Colorado River a hundred years ago basically did not exist and nobody knows what real flows were from 1850 to 1930. Climate change is a fraud and exists only in computer models--not in real time measurements. Weather cycles, always has, river flows cycle too. To talk about climate change as some kind of real issue is absurd. Environmentalists and the Obama gang of liars have a case of extreme myopia.

    And to believe for one minute that Obama's killing of coal and nuclear power plants as some supposed solution to water problems is idiotic. The little Marxist wannabe dictator is going to drive us all back to the stone age.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    We maintain lawns and sometimes streets or sidewalks with water and polluting fertilizers while demanding that Las Vegas conserve water. "Slow the flow" is nice, but it's past time for Utah to become serious about conserving our water resources.

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Any group calling themselves the American Clean Energy Agenda and basing their findings on "computer models" and "assumptions" should have their "findings" and motives thoroughly vetted. Just the fact that they want to push their 'findings" through by executive order and by pass Congress should raise eyebrows and tell you that there are a lot of trumped up assumptions in their "study". Their 10 year low statement is wrong. 4 or 5 years ago the CO river was so high it backed up all the way to the back parking lot of the Archway Inn here in Moab. Weather goes in cycles. Some years are dyer than others. Better forest management would go a long way toward increasing the run off and raising the water supply. Poor environmental policies are to blame. When you have 150 trees sucking up the ground water in an area where there used to be 50, common sense tells you the forest needs to be thinned to increase the run off. The ACEA know that if they can control and restrict the water, they can control and restrict the population and industrial growth of the nation.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 17, 2013 3:57 a.m.

    Is it time yet to establish limited development and growth expansion yet? The CUP pipe line has been scrubbed, again, but will the bond and taxes continue for another 60 years? I think its safe to assume and predict that exploiting the Colorado and Green Rivers has run its course for many years to come.

    The state of Utah and mining, oil wells, and exploitation of our ecology and environment will come to a halt when all the aquifers run dry and grass is forbidden yard decoration. And water from districts will be sold by the glass (8oz) with meters on home faucets.

    We are desert country and billions of barrels of water removed from the ecology every year as we go into a scorched earth progressive political waste land.