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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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Major Initiative

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

Tapping an overused resource - Project to divert water from Colorado River tributary to NM raises concerns

A multi-million dollar effort to divert water from a Colorado River tributary, the Gila, into southwest New Mexico is raising concerns. Some technical experts put the cost at $1 billion, and critics say it offers far fewer benefits than expected. Despite concerns supporters claim that a 1964 Supreme Court ruling entitles New Mexico to the water, which ultimately flows into neighboring Arizona, and that the water is needed for agriculture, drinking and other essential needs. Reports have concluded that each of the roughly 45 submitted proposals would be hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, and take decades to complete, with no guarantee of water for residents in the region -- the Gila has flowed high enough to meet diversion requirements just nine percent of the time since 1936. Read More »

Flooding of Lake Meads 'Third Straw' Complete

The pipeline will keep taps flowing in Las Vegas homes and casinos even if drought-stricken Lake Mead drops to its lowest levels, officials said. The new intake taps the lake at 860 feet above sea level. 190 feet below the existing intake and 218 feet below the lake’s surface level, on Wednesday. The reservoir is down 147 feet from when it was at full capacity in 1983. It’s currently standing at only 38 percent full. Read More »

Media Coverage from Toronto; An Arizona lake that provides drinking water to three states is less than half full

A photo journal - Lake Powell on the Colorado River provides water for Nevada, Arizona and California. A severe drought in recent years, combined with withdrawals that many believe are not sustainable, has reduced its levels to only about 42 percent of its capacity. Read More »