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The Colorado River-Running Near Empty

The Colorado River: Running Near Empty

"Photographer Peter McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rocky Mountains to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In this Yale Environment 360 video, he follows the natural course of the Colorado by raft, on foot, and overhead in a small plane, telling the story of a river whose water is siphoned off at every turn, leaving it high and dry 80 miles from the sea.

In the video, McBride, a Colorado native, documents how increasing water demands have transformed the river that is the lifeblood for an arid Southwest."
Where to begin. It was sad to watch this as you see the marked decline of the American Nile as it turns to desert. A once vibrant river, dying. All of the water falls over the Western mountains, yet the people live on the Eastern plains...the desert, which was not considered as being a hub of population growth when the Colorado Water Pact of 1922 was signed. Neither were t…