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Fill Mead First: A Plan to Reclaim Glen Canyon

Glen Canyon Institute's Fill Mead First plan is beginning to gain the attention of media and policy makers across the West.


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GCI urges BOR to Fill Mead First

Glen Canyon Institute (GCI) has called on the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to implement the Fill Mead First plan, which could save massive amounts of water.


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In The News

Happy Birthday National Park Service

The National Park Service celebrated its 99th anniversary on Tuesday, offering free admission at more than 400 sites. The National Park Service, known as "America's best idea" by many, was signed into law on Aug. 25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson, who proudly declared "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. Read More »

Mercury finds its way into Grand Canyon

Based on data collected at six sites along nearly 250 miles of river downstream from Glen Canyon Dam, the researchers found that the mercury and selenium concentrations in minnows, invertebrates and fish exceeded dietary toxicity thresholds set for fish and fish-eating wildlife, it also found that the mercury concentrations in many of the fish studied exceeded the risk threshold for humans. The one piece of good news is that the mercury levels found in rainbow trout, most commonly eaten by anglers, were still below the threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Every fish we looked at from Glen Canyon was way below any risk threshold and the fish we looked at downstream were way below that threshold as well, so it doesn't appear to be any risk to humans through consumption of trout,” said Ted Kennedy, a USGS researcher at the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, who was a co-author on the study. Read More »

National Geographic: A World Without Rivers

The US overall is today using the same volume of water that it used in 1980, with 80 million more people living here. We’re already well on our way to becoming a water-saving society. But we can do so much more, and thereby spare our rivers from further diminution. Evidence from other countries such as Australia or Israel demonstrates that we could reasonably cut our per-capita water use by half here in America. Cities in the western US use twice as much water, on average, than Australian cities, even though our economies and cultures are quite similar. Tucson, widely respected in the U.S. for its water thriftiness, uses twice as much as Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane or Sydney Read More »