So what is a Megadrought?
The Colorado River is the most important waterway in North America. The river was recently put on federal restrictions with a new rule that restricts the amount of water that can be used by locals and businesses. This has put a lot of stress on the environment and people who depend on it.
The Lake Powel and Lake Mead are two sources of water for the Colorado River. Power Manager Bob Martin confirmed to NBC News last week that Lake Powell is 45ft away from dropping below hydro generator levels. These two lakes are decreasing at an alarming rate, which will eventually lead to their disappearance as well as many others along the way if this continues to happen.
The Colorado River is an important water source for the Western United States and Mexico, which supply fresh water to 40 million people.
A megadrought is a prolonged period of below-normal rainfall that is expected to persist for at least 35 years. According to Smithsonian Magazine, in a megadrought, the water from the Colorado River could more than be diminished by 50%.
The Colorado River is an important water source for the Western United States and Mexico. While it supplies fresh water to more than 40 million people, due to a megadrought, according to Smithsonian Magazine’s article “Megadroughts in North America: What We Can Learn From History”, if the drought lasts 35 years or longer then there will be consequences such as loss of plant life and death of animals and humans.
The Colorado River has been too low for the past eighteen years. If a megadrought were to happen, it would be catastrophic. There’s a current prediction that this could happen in the next ten to fifteen years and we need to take action now.
The Colorado River is dwindling due to less rain and snowfall which has resulted in a decrease of water being released from Lake Powell and Lake Mead. This will continue until one of these lakes are completely dry which could lead to economic disaster. The economic impacts will be felt by more than 33 million people living in Southern California, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson, Denver, Albuquerque and Salt Lake City.
What can we do? We can use sustainable practices like recycling water or turning off the water when brushing our teeth or washing dishes by using only what we need instead of wasting it all away. We can also install low-flow shower heads or toilets which will help with conservation efforts