analyzing news reports on the colorado river crisis

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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:

 “Colorado River shortage could hit Arizona hard (Links to an external site.)Links

to an external site.” by Tony Davis from the Arizona Daily Star Sep 12, 2015

ï‚· Katel, P. (2011, December 9).Water crisis in the west (Links to an external

site.)Links to an external site.. CQ Researcher, 21, 1025-1048.

ï‚· Zielinski, S. (2010)The Colorado River Runs Dry (Links to an external site.)Links

to an external site.. Smithsonian Magazine


ï‚· Smithsonian InstituteClimate Change and the Colorado River (Links to an

external site.)Links to an external site. [Video, 03:08 mins]

ï‚· Liquid assets:The big business of water (Links to an external site.)Links to an

external site. [Video, 42:49 mins]. (2010). In Films On Demand. Retrieved June

13, 2016

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 ECLibrary.

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


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.

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