Drought and Tourism

The Colorado Water Conservation Board will begin a pilot research project in Southwest Colorado this summer to further investigate droughts’ impacts on the recreational tourism industry and possible solutions to the problems caused by dry years. A more comprehensive look at these issues will allow state officials to better mitigate and safeguard those industries and jobs during future water shortages, said Veva Deheza, section chief for the Colorado Office of Water Conservation and Drought Planning. It also could lead to an early-warning system for drought conditions and future programs and policies to address concerns.