Colorado River Crisis Analysis

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In this assignment, you will examine a news report on scientific studies of the Colorado River water crisis. We will follow the same approach and the same questions that you learned to use in the Science Tool Kit activities in previous modules. In this assignment, you will take these questions and create an essay in which you can show your ability to more deeply examine the problem and the reporting, as well as the science behind the news story.

Completing this activity will assist you in mastering Module Level Outcome 3 and 4.

First, read:


Next, submit the following:

You will write an essay of 1000+ words (4 pages), not including a title page and a reference page. Each of the following questions should be addressed in your essay and supported with both quotations and paraphrasing from multiple sources you have been given in the module on this topic and that you locate through the EC Library.

  1. What is the source of the scientific information in the Arizona Daily Star article by Tony Davis?
  2. Discuss the expertise of the scientists (and others) involved in the study discussed by Davis.
  3. What alternative views does Mr. Davis discuss? What do these viewpoints say in contrast to the initial study he examined in his article? Would you say, based on this information, that the study examined by Mr. Davis is accurate, reliable, and unbiased?
  4. Compare and contrast the information in this Arizona Daily Star article with the information in the module readings and any additional material you may have found about this complex issue. Where does the Daily Star article agree and disagree with your other sources, and why?
  5. Who are the major stakeholders in the conflicting demands on the Colorado River source? Does Mr. Davis discuss them all fairly? Is one group overlooked; if so, who, and what is their interest in the Colorado River water?
  6. What possible solutions to this problem are discussed in Mr. Davis’ article? Are there other solutions you have found? Describe these possible solutions.

Tutor Answer

School: Carnegie Mellon University

Hey, find attached


The Colorado River Crisis
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The Colorado River Crisis
The Colorado River serves around thirty million people. The benefits of this river are so
many. It has helped in developing infrastructure, in farming activities and also in other important
activities. It is a source of livelihood for some people. However, shortages have begun to occur
and every drop of water in this river has a claim (Sprouse, et al. 2005). The reasons for these
shortages are as a result of man-made activities and other cultural phenomena. This paper will
help us analyze the water shortages, the studies involved and measures are undertaken to rectify
this by using different articles by different authors. This paper will help us answer questions
from these articles.
What is the source of the scientific information in the Arizona Daily Star article by Tony
The source of information for Tony Davis is basically scientific studies done by students
on the Colorado River. The results have been reviewed and found to be consistent with what is
happening to the River.
Discuss the expertise of the scientists (and others) involved in the study discussed by Davis.
The scientists involved in Tony Davis study are learned people with a different
qualification in the industry. Some of them have actually reviewed other water shortages
problems and their research has often proved their points. They are also skilled by their ability to
rightly predict the future. The students who were involved in the study were however not
experienced. This did not deter them from their cause as they even went ahead to create an app
that did not exist to help in this study. Th...

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