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Remembering Glen Canyon - New Short Film Kent Wagner

Today, pressures on the dwindling water supply in the Colorado River are encouraging renewed discussions about how water is being allocated, and whether storing it in Lake Powell still makes sense.

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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

National Geographic: This Will Be the Biggest Dam-Removal Project in History

More than 400 miles of the Klamath River system that have been blocked for a century will open up for people and wildlife. Last week, the biggest dam-removal project in history got a crucial endorsement. “It’s certainly the most significant dam removal and restoration project ever undertaken,” says Steve Rothert, California regional director of American Rivers, an environmental advocacy group. Federal officials, the states of Oregon and California, and the utility PacifiCorp have signed a pair of agreements opening the way for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Under the agreement’s terms, the dams will be removed by 2020, opening up 420 miles of connected habitat for fish and potentially helping boost numbers of some species by 80 percent. Read More »

Photo Journal: A Winter Paddle Across the Lake Formerly Known as the Colorado River

A story by Brendan Leonard, with Photography by Forest Woodward. - We all stop speaking as our kayaks slip between sheer sandstone walls 200 feet high and across the inky slackwater covering what used to be Clear Creek. Clear Creek is a tributary of the Escalante River, which is a tributary of the Colorado River, which started to become a lake in 1963, which is why we’re here now: to see what’s still left of Glen Canyon, a place conservationists and desert rats have mourned since the Glen Canyon Dam created a reservoir on top of it. We’ve paddled in here to look for the most famous place in Glen Canyon, the Cathedral in the Desert... Read More »

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Fields Complaints About Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline

Opposition has poured in against the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ended a public comment period on Monday. All 200-plus public input’s have been coming in for weeks on the project’s preliminary application to FERC, and most all of it is critical. The spokesman for the state Division of Water Resources, says comments will be reviewed over the next two months. “We actually anticipate there will be edits to the documents, based on agency and public feedback and new available information." The final application is due before May. After which, the Federal Energy Regulatory is requiring an in-depth environmental review. Meanwhile, Utah state lawmakers are continuing to advance a bill to use a portion of sales-tax revenue to help pay for the pipeline. Read More »