Climate change is adversely affecting snowpack levels in many mountainous areas of the world. [Photo by Johanna Zeller]
SolarChargedDriving.Com series: Climate change, water & renewable energy
SolarChargedDriving.Com reporter Johanna Zeller takes a close look at links between climate change, water resources and renewable energy in this exclusive four-part series. In this installment, the third of the series, Zeller looks at dire case scenarios and the ways in which renewable energy use might mitigate climate change's impact on water resources. The first part of the series = Climate change already affecting water resources. The second part = Few consider climate change's impact on water.
Living in Colorado, water is a precious resource we are lucky to have. With a natural mountain desert environment, snow from the Rockies is a major water source that fills our rivers with water every year. However, degradation and careless use of scarce water resources have been progressively affecting our water reserves.
There have been several ways governments try to manage water resources. Creating dams has been one of the ways in which governments gather water and use it as their reserve. However, there have been questions of the effects of dams on the environment and society.
Dr. Michael Kerwin, a geology professor at the University of Denver states, “There are a lot of negative consequences of dams with regards to the environment, but the reality right now is that if you are going to live in an semi-arid or arid region like Denver, you have to store water, and right now, the reservoirs are the best that we can do so they are not going away.”