Tuesday May 7, 2024

Courthouse News Service

The glass is half-full for water users across the southwestern U.S., according to an analysis of the 2024 water year presented by researchers at the Western Water Assessment on Monday.

The Western Water Assessment is an applied research collaboration between the University of Wyoming, the University of Utah and the University of Colorado Boulder focused on understanding how climate variability and climate change impact regional water resources.

“Throughout most of the region, we are seeing a majority of basins with above-average seasonal streamflow forecasts,” said Seth Arens, a Salt Lake City-based research integration specialist.

“If there had been one more year of drought conditions, the water levels in Lake Powell would have gotten dangerously low,” he added of the Colorado River reservoir in Arizona and Utah.

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