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Climate Plays Critical Role In Water Discussion


Scientist believe that changes to the climate will lead to hotter and drier summers with less summer rainfall. That could mean significant changes for the Northwest.

Scientist believe that changes to the climate will lead to hotter and drier summers with less summer rainfall. That could mean significant changes for the Northwest.

Aaron Kunz

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Climate will play a critical part in the fresh water supply in the Northwest. Hotter temperatures will likely mean less summer rainfall and more wildfires. And it could mean gradual changes to the plant and animal life in the years to come.

The results of those changes are apparent to farmers, ranchers, scientists and anyone who needs access to water. Every summer there are many irrigators who are forced to turn off the sprinklers and floodgates by mid to late summer. This is becoming a trend and it’s likely to continue.

At Idaho Public Television, we thought climate was so important that we wanted to include a segment on changes to our climate in a half-hour documentary Idaho Water Handbook last November. (You can watch that documentary right here.) Weeks before the documentary was to air I had to cut the segment to make room for everything else.

Rather than keep it on the cutting room floor, I thought I’d share it here.

Aaron Kunz

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