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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

Lake Powell Pipeline ‘Financing model’ Released to the Public

After more than two years of scrutiny and continued debate over whether southwest Utah could actually foot the bill, the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline financial model is now public. A state records committee ruled last month that the Washington County Water Conservancy District should have to comply with a records request made for the model by the Utah Rivers Council, a Salt Lake City-based organization that has been fighting to stop the pipeline. Zach Frankel, Director, has argued that the district has been using the model to secure support for the project from area officials, but it hasn't been willing to open it up to objective scrutiny. Frankel has already been in contact with a group of university economists, mostly from the University of Utah, who have twice submitted their own analysis of the district’s ability to pay for the pipeline, “they’re eager to start digging into this.” Read More »

Southwest Heat Wave Causes Snowpack To Melt Earlier, Quicker

Scientists say more heat will likely be the new normal for the Southwest. Water managers are warning that soaring temperatures are also causing the region's already stressed snowpack to melt faster. Read More »

Opening Glen Canyon

Searing drought is causing people to rethink water infrastructure in the West, including some of the major dams along the Colorado River. ProPublica Reporter Abrahm Lustgarten talks to host Steve Curwood about a new plan to open the gates of the Glen Canyon dam to save massive amounts of water lost to leaks and evaporation. Read More »