The Disappearing Colorado: Water Crisis in the West

V. B. Price

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm

Pagosa Hot Springs, ColoradoPagosa Hot Springs, ColoradoCourtesy Jason S. Ordaz. Originally part of a stereo photograph.

The Colorado River Basin is in the midst of a ten-year drought, while the watershed of the Rio Grande has been much drier than normal for at least as long. And yet major cities in several Western states depend on them for their water. If global warming is to blame for these dry conditions, what are the potential consequences for urban life in the American West if drought becomes chronic and the reservoirs of the Colorado and Rio Grande Rivers run dry? V. B. Price is a poet, human rights and environmental columnist, and UNM professor in the Honors Program and the School of Architecture and Planning.

Cost: Free

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