Dana Cronin

Dana is working towards a degree in Environmental Science, Journalism, and Spanish at Colorado College. She is a true Northern California native hailing from the Napa Valley. Running, hiking, and nighttime bike rides are her favorite outdoor activities, and most of her time indoors is spent catching up with her latest TV show, learning a new song on the banjo, or dreading cooking dinner.

Family farms line the southern reaches of the Arkansas River in Colorado. The agricultural community there depends on the river's yearly flows for crop irrigation. But with predictions of less water in the future, the region could face tradeoffs over the coming decades.

Outdoor sports dominate the Upper Arkansas River Valley, with attractions like white water rafting and fly fishing drawing tourists from across the country. With climate scientists predicting reduced flow as the century unfolds, the region could face a future with less water.

The Arkansas River supports economies in Colorado from Leadville to La Junta and beyond. With base industries including tourism and agriculture, southern Colorado depends on the river's yearly flows. But climate researchers expect declines in those flows over time, leaving the Arkansas River and its dependents at risk of facing a future with less water.