The latest experience in long-range global warming has come to Denver, and some think it’s already worked there.
Some Colorado folks are looking for answers in the latest droughts. Some scientists have even said that the latest drought in Colorado might be the result of global warming, caused by the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
How did droughts reach Colorado?
When the latest droughts started, it was a slow-motion event. No one really noticed, until the droughts hit Colorado. Then the “drought became a drought, and then the drought became a flood.” In the early stages, that might have been true. But as the warmest weather moved into the western foothills of Colorado, and the reservoirs began to run low, that’s when the water became so extreme that experts started talking about long-term drought.
How did droughts reach Colorado before the latest extreme weather conditions?
Colorado River drought is becoming worse than ever.
With less snow for the runoff, more of this water is ending up in Lake Mead and the Southern Colorado reservoirs. In some areas of the Southern Colorado basin where water has been dried out for several years in a row, reservoirs are filling up faster than they can be drained. It’s an especially serious problem in Arvada, Colorado, where the traditional water management system for the city runs dry. The result?
Lake Mead and other reservoir projects have been providing fish the last few years, and the Colorado River Basin has provided aquatic habitat for wildlife for centuries. Now, fish and wildlife are suffering due to lack of that important food source. And while the fish are dying off, the fish-killing bacteria is running rampant. It’s one of the hottest areas of concern right now for biological control overseers.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with the Elbe and Colorado Rivers since the 1970s. They work hand-in-hand to provide fish and wildlife habitats in flood zones, restore flows to rivers, and restore natural fish populations. And they work to help people understand the value of keeping a balance of nature. It all starts with the way Colorado National Parks are treated. The last thing we need is for those fish to disappear.