Presented by Experts on Camera from SciLine: The Colorado River supplies water to 40 million people and millions of acres of agricultural land—and it’s drying up.
Dr. John “Jack” Schmidt is the director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University, and can discuss topics including:
The causes of the current crisis, including overuse and drought;
The river’s role in providing water and hydroelectricity in the West, and crop irrigation for the nation’s food supply;
The heavy snowfall during the 2022-23 winter, and how much it might replenish the river’s reservoirs;
Research-based predictions for the future of the Colorado River; and
Conflicting plans to cut water use: one proposed by California, and the other proposed jointly by Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
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