In Colorado’s climate change hot spot, the West’s water is evaporating

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In Colorado’s climate change hot spot, the West’s water is evaporating

Farmers cope with effects of rising temperatures on Western Slope
Paul Kehmeier, a fourth generation farmer, looks out on his land in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
John Harold feeds his cattle on the ranch where he runs his cattle during the summer of Olath.
The Roller Dam diverts water to irrigation canals and regulates the flow of the Colorado River.
Paul Kehmeier walks through a field on his farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
Storm clouds gather over the remote cloud seeder at the Cedaredge Water Treatment facility in Cedaredge.
Paul Kehmeier irrigates his crops.
Paul Kehmeier drives between sections of his farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
Paul Kehmeier talks with his father, Norman Kehmeier, on their farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction. “In all my years of farming in the area, going back to about 1950, 2018 was the toughest, driest year I can remember,” Norman says.
Water from Colorado’s snowpack is distributed across the region through a complex network of dams, pipelines and irrigation canals.
Evening light falls on the Colorado River outside of New Castle.

In Colorado’s climate change hot spot, the West’s water is evaporating

Paul Kehmeier, a fourth generation farmer, looks out on his land in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
John Harold feeds his cattle on the ranch where he runs his cattle during the summer of Olath.
The Roller Dam diverts water to irrigation canals and regulates the flow of the Colorado River.
Paul Kehmeier walks through a field on his farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
Storm clouds gather over the remote cloud seeder at the Cedaredge Water Treatment facility in Cedaredge.
Paul Kehmeier irrigates his crops.
Paul Kehmeier drives between sections of his farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction.
Paul Kehmeier talks with his father, Norman Kehmeier, on their farm in Eckert, south of Grand Junction. “In all my years of farming in the area, going back to about 1950, 2018 was the toughest, driest year I can remember,” Norman says.
Water from Colorado’s snowpack is distributed across the region through a complex network of dams, pipelines and irrigation canals.
Evening light falls on the Colorado River outside of New Castle.
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