Tuesday January 2, 2024


Hydrologist Shemin Ge emphasizes learning from past errors in managing the Colorado River’s water resources. Highlighting the overlooked work of Eugene Clyde La Rue, she urges the inclusion of scientific data and Indigenous perspectives in revising water allocations by 2026, in light of current challenges and the impacts of climate change.

When it comes to the Colorado River, history often repeats itself—but it doesn’t have to.

That’s the take-home message from CU Boulder hydrologist Shemin Ge, who recently presented a little-known piece of history from the river at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco.

The story of hydrologist Eugene Clyde La Rue, Ge said, may help to explain the current water crisis facing many states in the American West.

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