Feds Slash Colorado River Release to Historic Lows.

Be sure to play with the slider on the top image to see the difference between a full reservoir and where we are today. If you’ve seen your local reservoir, it might look similar to Lake Mead.

So why does aquaponics matter? Because the Colorado River, like nearly all of the rivers in the western U.S., are oversubscribed and there no longer is enough to go around unless you have a series of wet years. Don’t believe me? When was the last time the Mighty Colorado actually reached the ocean? 1998.

For regions of the world that are or are likely to be under water stress, having alternative methods of agriculture that use much less water than traditional farming is worth learning about. With as young as aquaponics is in the modern sense, I’m excited about the next 20 years and where the movement will be!