Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.


The struggle to supply fresh water to the overwhelming demand in the American Southwest faces many challenges. The region's economy is growing at a fast pace and the water supply is very limited. Global warming could give rise to a number of problems for the Great Basin's water supply. This study explores the geology, climate, and economic development of the Great Basin. This inquiry provides insight into the kinds of problems the Great Basin can be expected to face in the relatively near future. A case study with the Humboldt River suggests possible ways to protect the water supply by examining ways to better retain the limited supply available.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology