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ProPublica - Drought be Dammed

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.


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Glen Canyon Living Atlas Project

Experience a virtual tour of the restoration occurring in Glen Canyon - Produced by Glen Canyon Institute; in collaboration with National Geographic Maps as well as numerous and Glen Canyon Explorers.


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In The News

American Rivers - Killing the Colorado: A Spotlight on New Solutions

The Discovery Channel recently produced a new documentary, Killing the Colorado, a made-for-TV version of the ProPublica series. The show is excellent, comprehensive, and features a number of voices that you may not expect to be featured in a film about the environment. Imperial valley agricultural producers, water managers, a red-state Senator and a blue-state Governor – all identifying problems facing the basin, and most putting forth an optimistic view that a human-caused predicament can be solved with human-inspired ingenuity. Read More »

River Runners Eddy Into Hall of Fame

Four whitewater greats – including three women -- will be inducted soon into the River Runners’ Hall of Fame. Read More »

Feds See 2018 Shortage in Lake Mead Water Supply

Amid punishing drought, federal water managers projected Tuesday that — by a very narrow margin— the crucial Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River won't have enough water to make full deliveries to Nevada and Arizona in 2018. A federal report shows the surface level of the lake behind Hoover Dam is expected to remain high enough this year to avoid a shortage declaration in 2017. But it'll still be a mere 4 feet above a 1,075-foot elevation action point. "The good news is that we missed the trigger level. The bad news is that we missed it so narrowly and we remain dangerously close to automatic cuts," said Nicole Gonzalez Patterson, Arizona director of the organization Protect the Flows. Read More »