Scholars Urge More Research On Future Of Colorado River

October 13, 2015
Photo: The Colorado River (iStockphoto)
The Colorado River with Grand Mesa in the background from Riverbend Park, Palisade, Colo.

Among the topics: Is climate change leading to reduced stream flow?

Twenty-three scholars from Western universities sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Owen Lammers, executive director of Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, says the federal government needs a wider breadth of scientific research to ensure it is prepared for all water flow scenarios for the next 50 years. His group believes the government is relying on opportunistic projections.

Secretary Jewell is expected to receive the letter Wednesday.