Colorado River

15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
War and peace on the Colorado River
War and peace on the Colorado River
A new book makes a case for optimism in the basin, but the threat of water battles will always be around.
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
A conversation with Renae Yellowhorse about the proposal to build a tram to the Colorado River.
What is a chub, really?
What is a chub, really?
In Arizona, three native chub species were reclassified as one, raising concerns about the management of the species.
Legislation revives Grand Canyon development question
Legislation revives Grand Canyon development question
Escalade bill leaves opponents scrambling for support, and tribal members divided.
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
In ‘Killing the Colorado,’ people, not nature, are responsible for shortages.
The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
Flooding a dry riverbed restored vegetation, but released significant amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
As long as the dam remains in place, impacts are inevitable.
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
There’s a new proposal to extract oil from shale, at great cost to the Colorado River Basin.
Don’t just save the Grand Canyon. Save the wider region, too.
Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply
Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply
More than half of the rivers in the Upper Colorado Basin originate as groundwater, USGS says.
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is sticking by regulations and negotiating deals.
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
In May, a judge struck down a fifth plan — and demanded a new approach.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
The abrupt decision leaves the future of NPS river management up in the air.
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
The project could divert 86,000 acre-feet from Lake Powell to the retirement community of St. George.
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Interior Department investigation shows a history of harassment, hostility and retaliation.
It’s time to let Lake Powell go
It’s time to let Lake Powell go
In today’s ‘new normal,’ there is simply not enough water to maintain both Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The obscure Paradox Valley Unit keeps the Colorado River’s salinity levels in check for farmers, but causes quakes upstream.
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
The latest draft of the plan sets strict guidelines for approving new diversions over the Rocky Mountains.
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.