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High Country News

A World Beneath Lake Powell Resurrected

Drought in the Colorado River reveals unseen Marvels


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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

Farewell Christi

Glen Canyon Institute’s Executive Director Christi Wedig has moved on from the organization to run her family business in Salt Lake City. While at GCI, Christi’s ingenuity and determination helped the organization grow into a stronger and more relevant advocate for Glen Canyon. She helped forge relationships with decision makers, water managers and fellow conservationists, propelling GCI’s Fill Mead First proposal into the debate about how to save the Colorado River and Glen Canyon. While we’re sad to see her go, we wish her the best of luck! Read More »

Public Helps Restore Flows to Critically Depleted Rivers

It’s a sad truth that many major rivers – the blue arteries of the Earth – no longer reach the sea. Our demands for water – to drink, grow food, produce energy and make all manner of material things – have sapped streams of their flow and ecosystems of their vitality. The web of life, of which we are a part, is fraying. Read More »

Lake Mead levels not just Vegas’ problem

A week does not go by without some national or international news outlet heralding the impending demise of Southern Nevada as a result of the relentless drought that has plagued the Colorado River system for well over a decade. These stories are fueled in part by declarations made by some scientists that Lake Mead could “empty” by as early as 2025. The belief appears to be that the only location at risk as a result of this drought is Southern Nevada. There seems to be little, if any, understanding of the dominoes that begin to fall if crucial reservoir elevations are reached in Lake Mead. Although initially amused by the silliness of this storyline, I quickly became concerned that not only could the creation of this mythology hurt Southern Nevada’s economy, but lull citizens in downstream communities — both urban and agricultural — into believing that this situation does not affect them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read More »