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Dr. John “Jack” Schmidt: Colorado River drought crisis

Dr. John “Jack” Schmidt, from Utah State University, will be available for interviews on Thursday, April 20, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.

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Interview opportunity available:

Thursday, April 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET

The Colorado River supplies water to 40 million people and millions of acres of agricultural land—and it’s drying up.

Available expert:

Dr. John “Jack” Schmidt is the director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University, and can discuss topics including:

  • The causes of the current crisis, including overuse and drought;
  • The river’s role in providing water and hydroelectricity in the West, and crop irrigation for the nation’s food supply;
  • The heavy snowfall during the 2022-23 winter, and how much it might replenish the river’s reservoirs;
  • Research-based predictions for the future of the Colorado River; and
  • Conflicting plans to cut water use: one proposed by California, and the other proposed jointly by Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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