December 9, 1992 |
As winter storms move into the Southwest, Southern California's air conditioners click off and the Colorado River flows quietly through ancient canyons and marshes. The river is biding its time, storing its power behind dams for the wallop it will deliver when asked again to turn the mighty turbines that light up Los Angeles. Meanwhile, minimal power mean low flows--too low to launch anything but a canoe in some places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2005 |
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Friday named Colorado River specialist Dennis B. Underwood as its chief executive officer and general manager. Underwood, known as an agency insider who has helped negotiate several controversial water deals, replaces Ronald R. Gastelum. Gastelum stepped down in December after five years of guiding the Los Angeles-based agency through water shortages and cutbacks.
November 5, 1995 |
From time to time during the past two decades, I have returned to the headwaters of the Colorado River in the Wind River Range of western Wyoming for the pure, pristine joy of it. I can think of no better place for a great river system to begin its 1,700-mile descent toward the sea. I have hiked the trail from Green River Lakes five times, and my walk this June was similar to my first pilgrimage in 1973.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1991 |
Drought-stressed Southern California water managers got some rare uplifting news Friday as the federal government announced that it would permit the Metropolitan Water District to take more than its annual share of water from the Colorado River. At the same time, state officials said copious rain and snowfall from March storms will enable them to increase water deliveries to the MWD and other municipal customers by mid-April.
November 10, 1985 |
From glacial trickle to sluggish ditch, the Colorado River is a 1,440-mile spine of life. Everything it touches thrives and prospers. Everything else is sagebrush and sand. It is the American Nile, more precious than coal or timber or gold. Puny compared to the miles-wide Mississippi or the mighty, muddy Missouri, the Colorado sometimes acts more creek than river. But its history is linked with two of the world's wonders--the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2003 |
Prodded by the Davis administration, negotiators for four embattled Southern California water districts indicated Wednesday that they are close to a compromise on the contentious issue of divvying up the state's share of the Colorado River. Richard Katz, lead water negotiator for Gov. Gray Davis, said legislation may be introduced as early as today to ratify the four agencies' agreement and allow the sale of water from Imperial Valley to arid San Diego County.
April 24, 2001 |
The Bush administration has omitted any money from the federal budget to continue the cleanup of a huge uranium slag heap in southern Utah that has been leaking radioactive waste into the Colorado River. Perched about 750 feet from the river's edge near the small town of Moab, the waste heap is the size of a football field and contains 13 tons of material left over from a uranium mill that shut down in 1984.
June 28, 2005 |
EVERY EVENING FOR two weeks, I have been walking down to the Colorado River where it passes through the bare stone desert of southeast Utah. I've been watching its whirling mud-brown water swell as it does this time every year, muscling up its banks in a dance choreographed by the melting snowpack of the southern Rockies, a couple of hundred miles upstream. This year the dance is a frenzy.
December 2, 2001 |
My shirt and shorts were stiff with sweat and dirt. My hair felt like strands of straw and was standing up at odd angles. I wore no makeup. My face felt as if it had been sandblasted, and bits of grit stuck to it. I was gross, grotty and grimy, and I loved every minute of getting to this state. Our family of four came from Los Angeles to explore the wild side of Vegas. No, not the casinos, but the wilderness that lies about 25 miles east of the flashing neon of the Strip.
April 7, 2005 |
The Colorado River has a reputation this time of year as party central. For college kids, it's a popular spring break spot, with cheap hotels, chain restaurants and margaritas the size of babies' heads. And for Southern Californians of any age, it's a giant weekend water park, complete with Mardi Gras beads. But a trip to "the river," as most of us simply call it, is more than shotgunning Tecate cans while hanging shirtless from the bow of a rented motorboat.