By Tom Koehler
In last month’s article, I highlighted how serious the problem is with our water resources here in the Lower Blue and all down the Colorado River. This river that serves up to 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles has seen its flow dwindle 20% from last century. Most is attributable to climate change according to US Geological Survey scientists Chris Milly and Krista A. Dunne. They estimate the River supports approximately $1 Trillion of economic activity annually.
Flows start high in the Rockies in forested watersheds that we hold dear for their beauty and recreation. These watersheds filter pollutants out of the air and water and possess amazing carbon capture properties through soil and vegetation, including trees. But our forests that provide all this are at risk
Years of fuels buildup due to fire suppression have set the stage for more powerful wildfires when you add in progressively warmer temperatures. The United States Forest Service has a climate change resource center on their website to let you know how serious they take this risk. The frequency and severity of wildfire across the US over the last few years has accelerated.