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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

PBS NOVA - How Water Is Reshaping the West

On an unseasonably warm September day with a cloudless sky, I stand on a Colorado hillside, in a meadow that’s painted the ocher of early fall. Ponderosa pines stand sentry above the grass, which sways in a barely perceptible breeze. Down below, cottonwoods tower above an old stream bed. All around me, birds chirp and flit among the shrubs; recent visitors spotted fresh mountain lion tracks and a black bear. It’s an almost perfect vista. Except I’m looking at a landscape that will soon disappear. Read More »

A Navajo Town's Tooth-and-Nail Fight to Reclaim the Colorado River

Just outside of Page AZ it's after 8 p.m, Edward Bennett only had to fill up his 400-gallon water tank once today. As the light fades, Bennett says that lately, the temperature has been hovering above 100 degrees at this time of night. On those days, he collects water from the Shell station on Haul Road twice, sometimes three times a day. But, he says, it was not always this way. "When I was growing up, we had water everywhere..." Like the other ranchers in the westernmost section of the Navajo reservation that borders Page, Arizona, Bennett now hauls water from town for his livestock, and for his family, too. With no running water in his home, this is also the water he uses to drink, cook, clean, bathe, and wash his clothes. Just a mile west of where Bennett sits, though, runs one of the largest rivers in the United States. Read More »

More than 20 Professors of Economics from within Utah openly challenge the economics of the Lake Powell Pipeline pay-back proposal

In a letter sent Monday to Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leadership, a group of more than 20 economics professors from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University signed off on an analysis that raises major concerns about the ability of southwest Utah residents to pay back the state for facilitating the construction costs of the pipeline. Water rates would need to jump by between 576 percent and 678 percent. If Washington and Kane counties were to actually borrow the estimated $1.4 to $1.8 billion it will take to build the Lake Powell Pipeline, paying it back would become so expensive for local water users that there wouldn't even be any demand for the water, according to the large group of economists requesting more analysis of the proposed project. Read More »