The Little Colorado River on the Navajo Nation. Click on the photo for more information.
Flooding during the monsoon season can breach earthen dams throughout the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, while decreasing snowpack at elevation is increasing water scarcity at critical times during the growing season. [Source: Navajo Division of Transportation, 2013: "Floods cover Navajo Nation, NDOT steps up with road maintenance," retrieved from http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/News%20Releases/NavajoDOT/2013/sept/NDOT%20Flo... U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2013: Climate Change | Impacts & Adaptation | Climate Impacts in the Southwest, retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/southwest.html.] Image credit: Sue Wotkyns, Northern Arizona University, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Climate Change Program.