Roaring Fork Conservancy Presents Science Be Dammed

Science Be Dammed How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River

How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River

Science be Dammed is about how ignoring inconvenient science drained the Colorado, and its relevance to the future of the Colorado River” The River Center, Basalt, CO

A presentation by: Eric Kuhn
Retired General Manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District and coauthor, with John Fleck, of Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River

In 2018, Eric Kuhn partnered with John Fleck, author of Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West, to write a book about our understanding of Colorado River hydrology. Conventional wisdom is that the compact negotiators did the best they could with a limited gage record that happened to be during a very wet period. Kuhn and Fleck show that contrary to this myth, the politicians, states, and water agencies that shaped the development of the river had the science available to them to make better decisions, but political expedience prevailed and the science was ignored. Today, the Colorado River is overused and facing a future where climate change is reducing its flows. As we shape the future of the Colorado River, will we learn from our past mistakes or will we continue to ignore inconvenient science?       

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