Explain the two major parts of the Law of the River: The Colorado River Compact (1922) and the Water Treaty with Mexico (1944). What is the major problem with the way the Colorado River water was allocated? What is projected to happen to supply and demand of Colorado River water? What are some positive impacts of dams? What is the current status of Lake Mead in terms of water content? What are the impacts of declining Lake Mead elevation? What has Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada Water Authority recently built in Lake Mead and why did they build it? What are some negative impacts of dams? What has changed in the Colorado River due to the Glen Canyon Dam? What is being done to minimize impacts to native fishes downstream of the Glen Canyon Dam? Has it been effective? What are some other solutions to minimize impacts of dams on rivers? How do diversions impact rivers? What has happened to the Colorado River delta due to diversions and what is being done to reduce impacts? Floods Draw a storm hydrograph for a flash flood vs. a slower, large river flood. Draw storm hydrographs for urban areas vs. natural areas. What is a flood recurrence interval? How is it determined and what does it mean? What are potential problems with using recurrence intervals to predict flood magnitudes? How do human developments influence flood recurrence intervals? What are flood control measures? Are they always effective? What happens to sediment during a flood? What conditions led to the 1993 flood on the Mississippi River?
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- Spring '16
- Jillian Maloney