Friday, February 15, 2008

Study: Key Western Reservoirs in Danger

Wired News - AP News: "Climate change and a growing demand for water could drain two of the nation's largest manmade reservoirs within 13 years, depriving several Southwestern states of key water sources, scientists warn.

Researchers at San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography said Wednesday that there's a 50 percent chance that lakes Mead and Powell will dry up by 2021, and a 10 percent chance the lakes will run out of usable water by 2013.

'We were surprised that it was so soon,' said climate scientist David Pierce, co-author of the institution's study that detailed the findings.

The study, which was released Tuesday, found that if current conditions persist, there's a 50 percent chance the reservoirs will no longer be able to generate hydropower by 2017."


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