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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

With Lake Mead sinking, pressure grows for action

With Lake Mead at a new record low, officials are under increasing pressure to keep it from dropping enough to eventually force slashes in power production and Southwest water deliveries. Read More »

Colorado River must go with a better flow

I grew up with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the architect of the Colorado River’s network of dams and reservoirs that now plumbs societies of 35 million people across the Southwest. My birthplace was the town that built Hoover Dam, Reclamation’s icon and longtime model for water engineers worldwide. Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, was my backyard, water skiing a cherished pastime. Reclamation’s handiwork was something to behold, but when I visit there now, I’m not so sure. Read More »

Dammed if you do; Dammed if you don’t

A sign at a Glen Canyon Dam overlook says, “Defacing natural features destroys our heritage. Graffiti is unsightly and illegal.” This observation crystallizes the essence of the film “DamNation.” Unintentionally, it is a clouded crystal. Read More »