The new model shows that Lake Pwell, located on the Colorado River from North Arizona to southern Utah, has a 3% chance of lowering the Glen Canyon Dam to generate hydroelectric power next year.
A.D. By 2023, the probability of closure will increase to 34% according to the forecast.
“The recent outlook for Lake Paul is a major concern,” said Wayne ul-Lane, director of Rekemmy’s Upper Colorado Basin Region. “This underscores the importance of continuing to work with riparian states, tribes and other partners to find solutions.”
Climate forecasts, which provide water to 25 million people in the Western Hemisphere, continue to be a source of frustration for climate change, drought, and poor drainage.
By 2025, the water level in Lake Med is likely to fall below 1,000 feet above the sea level by more than 1 in 5. That is 100 feet higher than the so-called “dead pool.” Longer flow through Hover Dam.
Drought is evaporating water resources
The Colorado River Basin and much of the southwestern part of the country are in the middle of a 20-year climate change climate.
A.D. According to a study published in the journal Science 2020, the period from 2000-2018 to 1900 is the worst in 19 years.
California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico have experienced severe droughts since 2020, according to a NOAA study. The current drought is expected to continue in 2022 and possibly later.
CNN’s Rachel Ramirez and John Pastantino contributed to this report.