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Conservation in the Colorado River Basin: To What and Where is it being Sent?

Authors: Austen Hawley*, University of Wyoming
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Colorado River, Water, Ecosystem Services, Spatial Patterns
Session Type: Guided Poster
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The Colorado River Basin is crucial for sustaining the population in the Western United States, the basin receives large sums of money each year for different projects and conservation purposes. This research examines the conservation funding coming from federal, private, and non-profit entities within a ten year time period. The funding that has come in over the past ten years has been categorized into the four different ecosystem service categories: supporting, regulating, cultural, and provisioning. The purpose of this research is to determine which ecosystem service has received the most funding in the basin and where those services are most prominent based on their hydrologic unit code. The results allow us to see where the funding is going, who is providing the majority of that funding, and what ecosystem services are being prioritized in the basin. These results may also give us a look into how funding distribution and priorities are changing with the changing drought conditions in the Colorado River Basin.

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