Low water impacts more than Western Slope

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The main idea at the Colorado River District's Annual Water Seminar was having a plan before a crisis hits.

"We have some concerns about whether or not we'll have additional years like this," said Communications Director for Colorado River District, Zane Kessler.

The drought and lack of moisture have affected rivers, but the bigger concern is Lake Powell.

"We are getting closer and closer to the point at which we may lose the ability to generate power out of Powell," Kessler said.

"Right now we are facing, due to climate change, a reduction in the water that is actually making it into the river, and making it down to Lake Powell," said General Manager of Colorado River District, Andy Mueller.

And you can't control the future.

"The concern is if we get another bad year, next year," Kessler said.

Other parts of Colorado would be impacted too.

"450,000-acre feet a year, so that's a lot of water, goes over through tunnels to the front range of Colorado," Mueller said.

That's why Mueller says there needs to be a demand management plan.

"All of us need to use water more innovatively and conserve more water both on the eastern slope and the Western Slope," Mueller said.

Because climate change models don't look promising.

"None of the reasonable predicted ones involve lower temperatures or significant increases in precipitation," Mueller said.

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