Climatic fluctuations, drought, and flow of the Colorado River

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Title Climatic fluctuations, drought, and flow of the Colorado River
Creator Webb, Robert H.; McCabe, Gregory J.; Hereford, Richard; Wilkowske, Christopher
Subject Water levels; Droughts; Watersheds; Climatology
Spatial Coverage Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico); Colorado Plateau; Colorado; United States
Description Climatic fluctuations have profound effects on water resources in the western United States. In the arid and semiarid Southwest, climatic fluctuations affect many hydrologic characteristics of water-sheds, including the quantity of base flow, the occurrence of large floods, and the timing of snowmelt runoff. Since the start of a persistent drought around the year 2000, inflows to Lake Powell on the Colorado River have been below average, leading to drawdown of Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the primary means of storage on the river. Although the factors that caused and have sustained this drought have not been positively identified, it is possible to describe the broader climatic context within which it is occurring. This fact sheet provides a perspective on the curent drought occurring in parts of the western United States, particularly in the Colorado River basin.
Publisher U. S. Geological Survey
Date 2004
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications pdf file copied from USGS website (http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/2004/3062/). Uploaded into CONTENTdm version 3.7.
Identifier http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/2004/3062/
Source Webb, Robert H.; McCabe, Gregory J.; Hereford, Richard; Wilkowske, Christopher, Climatic fluctuations, drought, and flow of the Colorado River, Reston, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2004-3062 , 4 p.
Language eng
Rights Management Public Domain, Courtesy of the USGS
Holding Institution University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Kristin Willmore
ARK ark:/87278/s69g5kqg
Setname wwdl_er
Date Created 2005-08-10
Date Modified 2005-10-19
ID 1145873
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s69g5kqg
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