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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

Jewell 'shocked' at lack of protection for Bears Ears cultural resources

BEARS EARS, San Juan County — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stood in a circle surrounded by leaders of five Native American tribes, medicine men and women, their children and families and spoke of the importance of the land. Read More »

Glen Canyon on Public Radio International

The terrible drought afflicting the American West has sparked soul-searching about water management in the region. For the first time in many decades, the viability of dams and other infrastructure that supply water to cities and farms throughout the region has entered the conversation. Lake Powell loses about 350,000 acre feet of water each year to evaporation. Combined with the amount of water that seeps out the bottom of the lake — an additional 380,000 acre feet — that’s enough to supply roughly the population of Los Angeles. Lake Mead loses a similar amount and so do each of the reservoirs up and down the Colorado River system, Lustgarten notes. “When you add all that up in a system that is [already] over-allocated every single year, you see an inefficiency that could add roughly 30 percent more to the river's flow.” Read More »

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 »