Thursday, July 13, 2017

Triple play

Gross Dam to grow in height and capacity in Colorado

The Army Corps of Engineers on July 6 cleared the way for the $380 million expansion of Gross Dam and Reservoir in Boulder County. (Denver Water)

Denver Water

Denver Post & Boulder Daily Camera

The Army Corps of Engineers has greenlighted a $380 million Denver Water project to raise the height of the Gross Dam, tripling its water storage and nearing the end of a path 14 years in the making. Denver Water CEO Jim Lochhead said the project was important to add balance and resiliency to the agency’s system. The dam expansion still needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to increase its hydropower capacity.


Study: By 2050, Southwest crop yields will drop

MIT News

A new MIT study finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. The study also projects that the hardest hit crops, cotton and maize, will decrease to 10 percent with further climate-driven water deficits.


The ebb and flow of water predictions in Arizona

Arizona Public Media

Snowfall and rain were good this winter in the upper Colorado River Basin, but for Arizona, the good news didn’t last long. The amount of water flowing into the Colorado River wasn't enough for the Bureau of Reclamation, which changed its forecast for the amount of water in Lake Mead, drawing closer to an official shortage. Such a shortage would mean less Colorado River water for Arizona, to the tune of about 11 percent.