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Climate Change and Colorado's Water Future

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Climate change will bring huge impacts to Colorado’s water, which in turn will affect our way of life – the water we drink, the water for our crops and livestock, the water for our forests and wildlife, the water and snow we count on for recreation. Not everyone agrees on the causes of climate change, or the degree to which it is taking place. But climate change of any degree will require us to change how we manage and use water.

Scientists are predicting warmer temperatures for Colorado. While it is difficult to predict specific changes to precipitation, warmer temperatures will likely mean less water. Less water will have enormous consequences for Colorado, especially as increasing demands put additional pressures on this limited resource.

Climate change could mean more droughts – droughts of longer duration, greater severity, and greater frequency. To learn more about drought management and response, check out CFWE's Water 101 Drought factsheet. If droughts persist, we may need different, long-term mitigation strategies. All Coloradans must decide how we want to share and use a smaller amount of water.

WEco Climate Resources

Guide to Colorado Climate Change presents a range of contemporary climate change information written by experts. Take a look.

Water 101 Sheets are one-page references available for download and distribution. Explore the basics of drought, and wildfire or read various water conservation tips through a series of fact sheets. Interested in additional resources? Find them herefact_sheetsClimate Workshop
Participants tour the National Ice Core Lab, hear how researchers study climate and what that means locally. Learn more.

Connecting the Drops Radio

Listen to a radio feature on climate change's effects on Colorado farmers, spring runoff, and irrigation.

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