How would we fill up the Colorado River?

The Colorado River is slowly drying up , so how would us humans stop it and possible fill it up again ?
Asked Jun 30, 2013
Give or take a dam or two, there are about 25 dams on the Colorado river. The allocations that divided up the rights to the water were written in the early 1920s, a period of much higher rainfall than the long term average turned out to be. That allowed more water to be taken out of the basin than was sustainable over time.

Very little of the water that is being removed is being distributed back to the land to increase vegetation, rather it is being used to support a rapidly increasing population in that part of the country. Vegetation limits erosion and promotes weather cycles that produce rain. Although the answer is unbelievably challenging and unlikely to be done until the problem reaches crisis proportions, the answer is lower allocations for withdrawing water from the basin and a declining population in the area.
Answered Jun 30, 2013
Interesting . Last night I thought what if a company transported some water from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River. I'm not sure if the Colorado River is salty, but if it is not, the company could convert the salt water to drinkable water. Is this possible ? I mean again if you ignore the costs involved.
KC13 Jun 30, 2013
Moving salt water from the Pacific to the Colorado River Basin would be virtually impossible, especially considering that the kind of plants that grow in a salt water estuary are very different than plants that grow in a desert.

You might be interested in the article below from It describes a study that says the growth of green foliage in deserts of the world increased over 11 percent between 1982 and 2011 due to the fertilizer effect of CO2 in greenhouse gases. That could be a very significant factor in answering your last two questions.
Rob Jun 30, 2013

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