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Press Release

Politics, Policy and A Most Excellent Boating Adventure

From August 17-22nd the Glen Canyon Institute sponsored an historic trip down the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

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Major Initiative

GCI urges BOR to Fill Mead First

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

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In The News

Study: Loss Of Colorado River Would Cripple Economies Of Seven States, From Wyoming To California

The prospect of the Colorado River running dry anytime soon is hard to fathom. But if it ever does, it will have a devastating effect on the economies of the seven states that rely on the river's life-giving waters, according to a study prepared by Arizona State University researchers. "Without the full availability of Colorado River water at current levels, the combined economy of the Basin Region is estimated to fall by over $1.4 trillion," the study's executive summary states. The loss would extend to more than 16 million jobs -- with $800 billion in wages -- in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and southern California, it adds. Read More »

Mesas and Sky

The West seems dry now, but it’s going to get a lot drier. Lake Powell is getting so low that, any day now, the ghost town of Hite, Utah, will emerge from its depths, and Ed Abbey’s Seldom Seen Smith might even stroll down its streets again. In 50 years, there may not be enough water to keep the whole thing going. They’re already calling for water rationing by 2017. We built our oases in a desert during the wettest part of the past millennium and still had to stop the 6 million year flow of the Colorado River to the Pacific in order to do so. Read More »

One River’s Outsize Impact—and the Threat of Drought

A new study for the first time quantifies the economic importance of Colorado River water to seven Western states—and the dire outcome should ongoing droughts dry up even a portion of it. The river’s water fuels $1.4 trillion in annual economic activity in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, says the research by economists at Arizona State University. With just a 10% reduction in the water available for human use the gross economic product of those states would fall by $143 billion and cost 1.6 million jobs. Read More »