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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

Too early to tell if above average snowpack will help Colorado River

It snowed hard all winter in the Rocky Mountains, and come spring that’s always been a sign that once that huge snowpack melts, the Colorado River will tumble mightily with a greater bounty of water to keep the Southwest viable. The overall snowpack is now at 115 percent of average for this time of the year in the Rockies. So is it time to break out the red cups and toast an imminent reprieve in the drought, and the dire predictions of cutbacks in regional allotments for water supplies from the 1,450-mile-long Colorado? Read More »

Do massive dams ever make sense?

A new report from researchers at Oxford University argues that large dams are a risky investment - soaring past projected budgets, drowning emerging economies in debt and failing to deliver promised benefits. Do they ever really make sense? A peek over the edge of the Hoover Dam's 60-storey wall is enough to send shivers down anyone's spine. Constructed from enough concrete to pave a motorway from New York to San Francisco - this colossal barrier is touted as a symbol of man's mastery over nature and a marvel of 20th Century engineering. Read More »

Colorado River shortages could occur by 2016 or 2017

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health and sustainability of the river. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river. How has this been possible? Largely because our predecessors constructed a system of reservoirs (including Lake Mead and Lake Powell) that allow the Colorado River basin to store four times the amount of water it receives in a normal year. Fortunately, those reservoirs were full when the current drought started and even 14 years later are still nearly half full. Read More »