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KUNC-FM Details the Consequences of Colorado River Drought

Topic: Environment
Posted on 7/27/2021

In their ongoing coverage of the Colorado River, Community Radio for Northern Coloradoís KUNC-FM Greeley, Colo., reported on July 7 about how the federal government will declare for the first time this summer a shortage of water due to a prolonged 21-year warming and drying trend that has left the nationís two largest reservoirs at record lows. The river serves as drinking water supply, a hydroelectric power generator and an irrigator of crop fields across seven Western states and two in Mexico, and is unable to meet the demands of its various users due to the water decline. Reporter Luke Runyon spoke with people affected by the drought and detailed some of the hard discussions surrounding water use, future water management and adapting to climate change.

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