Wind River glacier melt threatens water supply

Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming researchers have completed an inventory of the glaciers in the Wind River Range. UW Professor Glenn Tootle says the data shows the average glacier was reduced by nearly 40 percent since 1985.

Tootle says that's not surprising, because other studies throughout the world have shown this rapid loss of glacial ice.

The Wind River Range is home to the largest concentration of glaciers in the Rocky Mountain region. The ice provides a reservoir of water. Tootle says if the ice goes away it could take away a major source of water for farmers downstream. He says the data is critical for the state's water management.