About this Project
bridge across the Colorado River at Yuma, Arizona c. 1910 collection of
A Hard Working River
River is one of the hardest-working rivers in the world. More than 25
million people in seven western states and Mexico depend on the river
water, which flows 1,700 miles from Wyomings melting glaciers and
Colorados snow run-off, then falls 14,000 feet before reaching the
Gulf of California.
Along the way
the river water is captured by 20 hydroelectric plants, 10 major dams,
and 80 diversion channels. At the same time, the river carves out magnificent
canyons including the grand Canyon and supports six national
parks and numerous recreational areas. Without it, major cities like Denver,
Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles would not exist as they do today.
Think about any issue in the
West and you can trace it to the Colorado River agriculture, mining,
housing, recreation, ranching, Native American rights, environmental debates,
tourism, border issues. All of these and more connect to the Colorado,
just as the river connects al of us, whether we line in Pinedale, Wyoming,
or Yuma, Arizona.
A Hard Working
Hundreds of Moving Waters
programs took place in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Utah, and Wyoming. Most activities occurred in 22 communities, although
many other towns participated. Here are a few of the major components
that engaged communities in the project.
Moving Waters begins in late
2001 and continues through summer 2002. The culminating regional conference
was held in Flagstaff September 25 - 28, 2002.
The 22 communities and
months of programming were:
State Humanities Councils