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2008-08-18 18:00:07

By Amanda Lee Myers PHOENIX - Days of heavy rains around the Grand Canyon caused an earthen dam to fail Sunday and created flooding that forced helicopters to pluck hundreds of residents and campers from the gorge. No injuries were reported Sunday. The failure of the Redlands Dam caused some flooding in Supai, a village on the canyon floor where about 400 members of the Havasupai tribe live, said Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge. The flooding and the potential for...

2008-08-11 15:00:46

Environmentalists say the refusal of the U.S. Senate to rewrite the nation's mining regulations is putting the Colorado River at risk of pollution. Revisions of the mining laws addressing the pollution risk to rivers passed the U.S. House this year but has languished in the Senate, and that has worried those who fear a jump in new mining claims for uranium, gold and other metals will mean more run-off, the Arizona Republic reported Monday. "The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the...

2008-08-11 09:00:54

PHOENIX (AP) -- Lake Powell has reached its highest level in six years, a sign that the Colorado River is recovering from one of the worst dry spells on record. The giant reservoir that straddles the Arizona-Utah line hit its peak for the year late last month, 45 feet higher than it was in March before the river swelled with melted snow from the wettest winter on the Colorado watershed in a decade. The runoff boosted water storage for Arizona and the other states that rely on the Colorado...

2008-08-05 06:00:24

By Henry Brean By HENRY BREAN REVIEW-JOURNAL It began more than 40 years ago with plans to build a resort on the shores of Lake Mead, not far from where the Las Vegas Wash empties into the reservoir. If the National Park Service hadn't objected to the idea, there would be no Lake Las Vegas today. Federal officials were so eager to keep developer J. Carlton Adair from building on his lakeside property that they offered him a swap: his 67 acres on the lake for roughly 2,000 acres...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

By Chris Treese The "Water Worries" story in the July 19 edition of the Rocky Mountain News provided an excellent update about how Colorado is addressing its water future. The topic of water is complex, with many moving parts. On that note, the Colorado River District offers a few more details to add to the article. While Dillon Reservoir and Blue Mesa Reservoir certainly were landmark projects of the 1960s, significant projects have been built since or put under construction. There was...

2008-07-27 12:00:28

By Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press Jul. 27--Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said last week that he was confident that the Great Lakes Compact, designed to prevent water diversions from the lakes, would be passed by Congress, although perhaps not this year. I hope he's right, because if Congress doesn't act quickly, we'll soon see panicked and politically powerful interests in the Southwest and Southeast do everything possible to stop the compact from passing -- once enough people in those areas...

2008-07-19 09:00:23

By Jerd Smith Nearly $3 billion of ambitious new water projects along the Front Range are in various stages of launching - from completing a lengthy federal permitting process to actually breaking ground. The pending boom includes seven new or expanded reservoirs and at least one major pipeline. Barely recovered from the 2002 drought and with projected shortages looming, the water districts and cities involved say it is imperative that the projects be built now. When completed, the...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Joyce Lobeck, The Sun, Yuma, Ariz. Jul. 14--Shape-shifters in the form of huge, lumbering earth movers have been busily at work on the dunes west of Yuma a year into a massive project on the All American Canal. The project includes construction of a 23-mile concrete-lined segment of the All American Canal to run parallel to the existing earthen canal stretching from a mile west of Pilot Knob to Drop 3. A reservoir also is being constructed near Gordon's Well to hold about 8,000...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

It's great news that an agreement has been struck to restore the clarity of the largest natural lake in the state. Formed by glaciers and sustained by natural sources of fresh water, Grand Lake is one of Colorado's unique natural wonders, and has been a scenic attraction for decades. Considering that it required a year of public hearings and meetings to reach what seems to us to be an obvious conclusion, however, it is understandable that locals in the quaint town that lines the lake and...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

The Upper Colorado River and the San Juan River endangered fish recovery programs recently received Cooperative Conservation Awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The two programs were selected from a field of 700 nominees. Biologists and outreach personnel with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are among those involved in the programs. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery has become a template for other such projects across the country that involve people...


Latest Colorado River Reference Libraries

Grand Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 15:03:05

Grand Canyon National Park is located in the American state of Arizona and is the country’s fifteenth established park. The main feature of the park is the Grand Canyon, which is a gorge of the Colorado River, and is often thought of as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park contains 1,217,262 acres of land. It was established as an official national park in 1919, but the area was already well known as a landmark for thirty years. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt...

Colorado Squawfish, Ptychocheilus lucius
2013-01-12 06:47:45

Formally known as the Colorado squawfish, this freshwater species is now called the Colorado pikeminnow. This fish was native to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as portions of Mexico, but with the natural habitat changed by the damming of rivers and streams, this fish is now restricted to the Colorado Basin. Limited numbers of the Colorado squawfish still remain in the following rivers: Green, Gunnison, White, San Juan and Yampa; additionally it...

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2009-01-13 19:58:20

The Bonytail Chub (Gila elegans) is a species of freshwater fish native to certain areas of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the United States. Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water. They are mostly restricted to rocky canyons today, but were historically abundant in the wide downstream sections of rivers. It is the rarest of the endemic big-river fishes of the Colorado River. It...

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2007-04-10 16:43:12

The Woundfin (Plagopterus argentissimus) is a species of minnow endemic to the Virgin River of the southwestern United States. It is a slender, silvery minnow, with a flattened head and belly, long snout, leathery skin, and no scales. There are barbels on the corners of its lips, and its common name likely comes from the first spinous ray of its dorsal fin, which is sharp-pointed. Its maximum length is rarely more than 3 in (7.5 cm). Historically, the Woundfin occupied much of the lower...

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