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Media Reports on the Alternative Management Paradigms White Paper


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The Arizona Republic on 4/6/2021: Southwest braces for water cutbacks as drought deepens along the Colorado River

"In a report released in February by Utah State University’s Center for Colorado River Studies, researchers warned that a “gradual and incremental approach to adaptation” is unlikely to meet the river’s challenges in the future."

The Salt Lake Tribune on 3/27/21: Robert Gehrke: Utah is in a severe drought and we must act

"Right now, Utah is in the midst of what could well be the worst drought in our lifetimes. Before the most recent round of storms almost the entire state was experiencing extreme drought conditions and more than 80% of the state was at an even higher level — exceptional drought — something we typically only see in slivers of the state every few years."

Arizona Public Radio (KNAU) on 3/10/21: Report Calls For “Radical Changes” To Colorado River Management

A recent report from Colorado River experts says it’s time for radical new management strategies to safeguard the Southwest’s water supplies. It’s meant to inform discussions on how to renegotiate certain parts of the Law of the River that will expire in 2026. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke about the report with Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University.

Colorado River Public Media (KAWC) on 3/5/21: Research on Flow Rates in Colorado River Fuels New Thinking for Future Agreements
"The numbers matter because every drop of water in this River system is allocated and spoken for, and if the number of drops or the size of the pie, ... if there are fewer drops available to be allocated, then there's somebody at risk, and so that's why these numbers matter because it really is all about getting these numbers right."

Arizona Daily Star on 3/7/21: Colorado River study predicts even bigger water cuts. That's not why it's so intriguing

"A new Colorado River study predicts we may need to make even deeper cuts to keep our reservoirs from tanking over the long haul. But the dire conclusions within the study aren’t what make it so intriguing. It’s how the group arrived at them."

Ski-Hi News on 3/1/21: Estimates of future upper Colorado River basin water use confound previous planning

"Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the upper Colorado River basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management."

USU Today on 3/1/21: New Research Injects Tough Dose of Reality for Future of the Colorado River

The Colorado Sun on 3/1/21: Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning, report shows

The St. George Spectrum on 2/26/21: The Water Tap: Climate change and climate denial on the Colorado River

"In a new stab at exploring ways to slice up the Colorado River under possible future climate change scenarios, researchers at the Center for Colorado River Studies, based at Utah State University, did not shy away from making waves in the extensive Colorado River management community by pointing out contradictions, misunderstandings and ill-conceived plans that may be hampering the West's ability to pursue water-wise growth."

The Aspen Times on 2/25/21: Report: Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound previous planning

Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the Upper Colorado River Basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management. “Alternative Management Paradigms for the Future of the Colorado and Green Rivers,” a white paper released this month by the Center for Colorado River Studies, says that in order to sustainably manage the river in the face of climate change, we need alternative management paradigms and a different way of thinking compared with the status quo.

The New Republic on 2/24/21: How Does a State Use 40 Percent Less Water?
"A recent study found that if the Colorado River drought continues, Arizona, California, and Nevada may have to cut their water usage by nearly half. Acceptance is the first step."

High Country News on 2/24/21: Will the Climate Crisis Tap Out the Colorado River?

"Meanwhile, according to numerous models, the impacts of climate change will only intensify. A recent study from the Center for Colorado River Studies predicted that the Lower Basin states of California, Nevada and Arizona could be forced to reduce their take from the river by up to 40% by 2050."

Arizona Daily Star on 2/20/21: Colorado River study means it's time to cut water use now, outside experts say

"More urgency to cut water use rather than wait for seven river basin states to approve new guidelines in 2025 for operating the river’s reservoirs. That’s where Arizona and the Southwest are heading with water, say experts and environmental advocates following publication of a dire new academic study on the Colorado River’s future."

NewsData on 2/12/21: Report: Alternative Water-Management Proposals Could Affect Hydropower

American Rivers on 2/10/21: Future of the Colorado River – the “Changed River” edition
The Colorado Sun on 2/8/21: Climate change ravaged Colorado and the West with heat and drought in 2020. This year may be worse.

Arizona Daily Star on 2/7/21: Colorado River outlook darkens dramatically in new study

"In the gloomiest long-term forecast yet for the drought-stricken Colorado River, a new study warns that lower river basin states including Arizona may have to slash their take from the river up to 40% by the 2050s to keep reservoirs from falling too low."

Salt Lake Tribune on 2/7/21: Climate change ravaged the West last year and 2021 could be worse

"There really isn’t any good news for water resources in the Colorado River Basin right now, which is raising a lot of red flags coming into the upcoming year." The water that’s flowed into Lake Powell since October is 44 percent of what’s normally expected. Drought is forecast to persist into spring, and odds are that Colorado River Basin states will remain warmer and drier than normal, too.

Mountain Town News on 2/5/2021: A deep rethink of the Colorado River

American Rivers Blog on 2/2/21: New report confronts tough choices for the future of the Colorado River

"The outcome of the study, in short: we’ve got to be more creative, and we need to have some hard conversations about what kind of future we want for the Colorado River and all who depend upon it."

AZCentral on 2/1/2021: Climate change ravaged the West with heat and drought last year. Will 2021 be worse?

The Spectrum on 10/5/2021: Public review opens for Utah's new Water Resources Plan