More than six states depend upon the Colorado River Basin for most of their water.
According to a new study, the basin has lost about 65 cubic kilometers of fresh water over the past nine years.
That’s twice the size of America’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead.
“This is a lot of drinking water to lose,” said Stephanie Castle, the lead author of the study and a water resource specialist at the University of California. “We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”
And speaking of Lake Mead, it’s at its lowest level since it was created in the 1930s, leaving a “bathtub ring” around the lake.
The difference between Lake Mead and the Colorado River Basin is that the water from Lake Mead is surface water, which can be refilled fairly quickly (depending upon precipitation.) Water from the Colorado River Basin, however, is located underground – hence the term “groundwater.” It can take hundreds of years to fill groundwater basins.
Groundwater isn’t rationed in the same way as surface water. Therefore, it is often used to fill any gap in water supply when there is a surface water shortfall.
“The Colorado River Basin is the water lifeline of the western United States,” said NASA’s senior water cycle scientist Jay Famiglietti.
Unfortunately, there is no real way to track how much groundwater exists – just how much has been used.
“We really don’t know how much water is down there,” said Castle. “We’ve already depleted a lot of it. There could be more, but when we have to start to dig deeper to access it, that’s a bad sign. If [ground water basins] continue to be depleted, they don’t come back up.”
Is this prophetic?
Is He getting our attention?
It looks like our Lord’s coming may be closer than we care to admit.
Here’s to looking up!
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