Our Rivers

Drought in the West, How the Eagle River Watershed Council is helping their community adapt

April 04, 2022 Holly Loff, Kathy Chandler-Henry Season 1 Episode 3
Our Rivers
Drought in the West, How the Eagle River Watershed Council is helping their community adapt
Show Notes

Last year brought unprecedented drought conditions to the western US. Its impacts on the Colorado River Basin have been massive. As climate change intensifies, these conditions may be here to stay.

In this episode of the Our Rivers Podcast, we talk to Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry and the former executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council, Holly Loff, about how they're addressing the drought in Eagle County, Colorado. 

Last winter, high temperatures and dry soils meant that a snowpack measuring 85% of a historically normal year, translated to only 30% of water running into the Eagle River and communities downstream. 

Tune in to learn how they're learning to live with the new reality. We hope this conversation will help other communities plan for the realities of an increasingly arid West. 


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