In this final installment of the Western Water 101 series we’ll turn our attention to current events to draw together some of the topics and themes we’ve explored over the course of the series. With the extremely dry conditions throughout the West, TU’s work—from on-the-ground projects to legislative advocacy and agency collaboration—is more important than ever. The current drought crisis in the region draws together many of the themes discussed over the course of this series:
- How much water is there, especially in a climate that is increasingly drier and warmer, and how do we “best” use it?
- The movement from conflict to collaboration in twenty-first-century western water management.
- The need for twenty-first-century solutions, approaches, and infrastructure to confront the twenty-first-century challenges in the region.
We’ll focus on the Colorado River Basin to do a deeper dive on the current drought and how these themes are playing out in the watershed.