The Colorado River has come alive even as it ebbs

By Char Miller The Colorado River is revealing its secrets. For decades a World War II landing craft lay submerged 200 feet beneath Lake Mead’s surface — but now it’s beached, rusting in the sun. It’s become an unsettling marker of just how vulnerable the river is and how parched the Intermountain West has become. … Continue reading The Colorado River has come alive even as it ebbs

The Colorado River Compact hasn’t aged well

The Colorado River Compact turns 100 this year, but any celebration is damped down by the drying-up of the big reservoirs it enabled. The Bureau of Reclamation’s “first-ever” shortage declaration on the river acknowledges officially what we’ve known for years: the Compact and all the measures augmenting it, collectively known as The Law of the River, have not prevented the river’s over-development.

Rock Tales

Stewart Aitchison Photo: Stewart Aitchison “The monuments are barrels or Navajo water baskets, and the springs found at their bases is proof.  Rain God Mesa and Thunderbird Mesa are the homes of thunder and lightning.  The entire Monument Valley is a symbolic hogan.  Its fireplace is the butte near Goulding’s Trading Post and its door … Continue reading Rock Tales