Water Resource Challenges in Northeastern Colorado

Water is drawn from the Colorado River and diverted to the more than 925,000 people in northeastern Colorado. Currently, there is not enough water capacity to supply the region’s growing population. Global temperature rise due to climate change is causing a loss of low-elevation snowpack in Colorado. This is one major factor exacerbating the 20+ year drought on the Colorado River and contributing to water scarcity in the west.