Colorado River

National Park Service

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado has a message for America’s next president:  Act swiftly to resolve issues on the Colorado River.


  • Researchers call for more studies to see how climate change may affect the Colorado River in coming decades.
  • Federal agencies attempt to clear up confusion over which waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.


Managing Water In McPhee Reservoir

Sep 2, 2015
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Decent spring and summer rainfall this year have many in the Four Corners area feeling cautiously optimistic about easing the on-going drought situation, especially if the area gets better than normal snow pack during the coming winter. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Mike Preston, General Manager for the Dolores Water Conservancy District, about the current status of McPhee Reservoir, and the balance between planning for water demands and the realities of an uncertain climate.

Water Management In McPhee Reservoir

Apr 9, 2015
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In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter provides some river news from around the Four Corners area, and talks with Ken Curtis, Chief of Engineering and Construction at the Dolores Water Conservancy District, about how the district manages water for irrigation and municipal uses, and how the future of water management looks as southwest Colorado faces another year of drought.

Katie Lee's Lifetime Love Affair With Rivers

Nov 13, 2014
Tad Nichols / Tad Nichols Collection - Northern Arizona University

In this episode of The River Trip, host Lee-Ann Hill talks with Katie Lee, one of the West's most out-spoken critics of Glen Canyon Dam, about her earliest experiences boating on the Colorado River, why she feel in love with Glen Canyon before the dam, and how she continues to inspire a generation of river activists.

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