Colorado River Basin Case Study

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.1Current problems in the water allocation planning in the Colorado river basin
In 2000, the Colorado river basin presented a severe drought period, caused by a reduction in the precipitation and an increase in temperatures, that continues today. Between 2001-2009 the average flow of the river was around 12.1 maf, that means a reduction of 4-5 maf from 16-17 maf , average flow for the Compact in 1922. (Arizona Department of Water Resources, 2015) Figure 4. Historical water supply and demand in the Colorado river basin (U.S Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, 2012)

Historically, the demand of the lower part of the basin is higher due to larger cities, the agricultural sector and the climate characteristics, an arid region with
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