April 22, 2024

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Colorado’s next big rainstorm could help solve our water woes

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Drought-challenged U.S. communities are overlooking what could be a major source of relief: stormwater, which generates more water annually than is stored in lakes Mead and Powell, the largest reservoirs in the West.

But Colorado and other states with laws against collecting stormwater are likely to miss out on its potential.

Heavy rains produce some 59.1 million acre-feet of water annually,  according to “Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States,” released last month by the Pacific Institute, a water research think tank in Oakland, Calif.

This Fresh Water News story is a collaboration between The Colorado Sun and Water Education Colorado. It also appears at wateredco.org/fresh-water-news.

Lakes Powell and Mead…

Jerd Smith

2024-04-02 03:34:00

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