A Sustainable Path: Meeting Future Water and Energy Demands in the Arkansas River Basin - Executive Summary

This Executive Summary outlines strategies for municipalities and the energy sector within the Arkansas River Basin to meet growing water use demands while conserving the Basin’s natural resources. The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River which traverses Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The river's initial basin starts in Colorado, specifically the Arkansas River Valley, where the headwaters derive from the snowpack in the Collegiate Peaks.

The scenarios used to project water supply factored increased rates of evapotranspiration due to climate change. Other likely climate change impacts were not factored in, such as changes in precipitation, snowmelt, or streamflow. In turn, the climate change scenario is presented as a conservative scenario for planning purposes. 

For a longer, supplemental presentation go to: http://www.westernresourceadvocates.org/water/waterenergy.php

Publication Date: 2009

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