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U.S. Geological Survey: Rising temperatures contributing to reduced snowpack in Rocky Mountains

17 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change

Rising temperatures linked to climate change over the past three decades contributed to decreased snowpack in the Rocky Mountains, a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey contends. 

Decreased snowpack plays a key role in the widespread drought that continues to plague the West in recent years. Each year, melted ice and snow flow into the Columbia, Missouri, and Colorado River Basins and replenish them. Yet, with less snowpack accumulation, nearly 80% of the River Basin’s water sources are nonexistent. 

The River Basins serve as the primary water source for over 70 million people, including the cities of Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

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