Recent scientific work reveals a dry future?

Oxbow Park on Truckee River

The USA Today reports in an article “Report: Climate change is here and getting worse” that we won’t have to wait to see the effects of a rapidly changing climate (mostly a rapidly warming climate).  Many  of us who were born in the 40s and 50s and 60s have observed this ourselves in the 14 years of the 21st century.  Young people, however, will never know the climate older westerners feel has already gone the way of the dodo.  Is it just the mis-remembrances of our own youth?

Oxbow Park on Truckee River

Truckee River at Oxbow Park. The Hunter Creek drainage of the Carson Range in the background is nearly devoid of snow by May 12, ’14.

An article on global climate change in Science News (Cloudy Forecast, March 22, 2014) reports that “warming pushes [mid-latitude] storm tracks toward the poles”. Whether or not this movement of the storm track will result in a drier future for the Truckee River along with the entire desert southwest is yet to be determined.

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About Dennis Ghiglieri

My concern for the Truckee River grew over the years. It started with picking up trash and supporting better water quality. I helped create the "living river"plan with other citizens on the Community Flood Coalition; a plan to reduce flood impacts to infrastructure through river restoration and protection of the floodplain. I understand how critical the Truckee River is to the environment – and economy – of our entire region. I'm hoping that through these pages we can all understand our connection to the Truckee River and why we need to protect it.