What once looked bad now looks good compared to recent projections. The NYT reports on two studies that point to continuing water shortages in southwest U.S. states. The recharge rate is far less than what’s being withdrawn:
“Climate change is already causing measurable and unfortunate impacts on water supplies, they write. “The mountain regions of the West are experiencing reduced snowpack, warmer winters and stream flows coming earlier in the calender year.”
A good portion of their report focuses on the drawdown of groundwater reservoirs in California’s San Joaquin Valley, one of the nation’s richest agricultural areas, which depends on water from the Colorado River in the southern part of the state and water pumped southward from the Sacramento and other rivers in the north.