Written by Mori Kessler | St. George News
The question of whether the Colorado River system is a reliable source of water for the future was the topic of a presentation held at the Washington County Water Conservancy District on Thursday.
Local public and elected officials, past and present, as well as some well-known members of the community gathered at the water district’s office off Red Hills Parkway to hear from three men who claim there’s no need to worry concerning the Colorado River’s ability to deliver water.
“In both wet and dry cycles over the course of a century, the main stem of the Colorado River has always provided enough water to meet established use and (Colorado River) Compact requirements,” said Don Ostler, former executive director and secretary of the Upper Colorado River Commission.
The Colorado River supplies water to 40 million people spread across seven states and parts of Mexico. Those seven states are divided into two parts: the Upper Basin and the Lower Basin. The Upper Basin includes Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, while the Lower Basin includes California, Arizona and Nevada.