This study from several researchers focused on the impacts climate change will have on the Blue River Basin.

Here is part of their conclusion:

Soil moisture showed large changes, particularly in later summer and early fall. Runoff shows a dramatic decrease by 2100. With some months showing greater than 50% decrease, there could be years in the future that the Blue River is almost completely dry in parts.

The predicted changes in the hydrologic cycle will have important consequences for the region. Since several local communities receive water from the Blue River, there is a strong possibility that alternative water sources will need to be secured. Most likely this will include further extraction of groundwater, but that supply is not guaranteed to last long. Growth of nearby cities and metropolitan areas such as Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth will also demand more water, so action will need to be taken to protect local water resources.

Read the full paper here:

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on the Blue River Basin

Christopher N. Bednarczyk, National Weather Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and Valparaiso University
Yang Hong, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Lu Liu, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Jonathan J. Gourley, National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA, Norman, OK
James Hocker, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Mark Shafer, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Published 23 January 2011