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Study: Watershed "Stress" Likely to Become Typical

According to a new study, about one in 10 of the nation's watersheds is "stressed," meaning that the demand for water exceeds the natural supply.

A view downstream from the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Water from the Edwards Aquifer flows from San Marcos Springs …

According to a new study, about one in 10 of the nation's watersheds is “stressed,” meaning that the demand for water exceeds the natural supply. And because of global warming, low water flow seasons may become even more commonplace, according to the analysis, which was conducted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. "This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around," said Kristen Averyt, the head author of the report.

 

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