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Glen Canyon Historical Story Map

Glen Canyon Institute and National Geographic are proud to present the Glen Canyon Historical Story Map.

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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

Former Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners Call on President to Protect Lands Around Grand Canyon as a National Monument

Today, five former Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners, sent a letter to President Obama supporting the creation of the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.The former commissioners stated how important protection of habitat and our public lands is to ensuring that there are healthy populations of wildlife throughout Arizona and also how important these lands are for the array of recreational opportunities they provide, including hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. “Protecting the national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands around Grand Canyon National Park will help limit fragmentation of this important wildlife habitat,” said Bob Hernbrode, former Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner (2005-2010) Read More »

Colorado water plan draft begun, advocates stress keeping water here

On Friday, Conservation Colorado seized the impending anniversary — known a Colorado River Day — to bring representatives from several local institutions came together at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Springs campus to discuss the importance of conservation. Earlier this month, the Colorado Water Conservation Board unveiled a second draft of a Colorado Water Plan, in which conservation is stressed, though not enough for some. “We are all stakeholders,” said Conservation Colorado field manager Kristin Green. “We’re getting a lot of people with different backgrounds and different political stripes coming to the same conclusions.” Several speakers emphasized the need for the Colorado Water Plan to resist transmountain diversions. Read More »

Less Than Zero - Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

At least 60 percent of California’s water now comes from underground, some researchers say. Arizona, staring down imminent rationing of Colorado River water, pumps nearly half its supply from aquifers. But in allowing their residents to tap underground resources this way, regulators and legislators in Southwestern states have ignored an inconvenient truth about how much water is actually available for people to use. The science has been clear for the better part of a century. Drawing groundwater from near a stream can suck that stream dry. In turn, using all the water in streams and rivers lessens their ability to replenish the aquifers beneath them. Farmers who drill new wells to supplement their supplies with groundwater are often stealing water from their neighbors who hold rights to the rivers above them. This understanding has been the foundation of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s water accounting for decades. Read More »