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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2003 |
Completing the most exhaustive overhaul of the Colorado River Aqueduct in five decades, the Metropolitan Water District began today to refill the system that delivers a billion gallons of water each day to 18 million people across Southern California. Two hundred and forty-two miles of aqueduct -- spanning desert and mountains from Lake Havasu to Lake Mathews near Riverside -- was shut down and drained Feb. 5 for inspection and repairs at a cost of $8.2 million, district officials said.
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.
January 13, 1999 |
In the first shot of what could become an urban vs. rural water war, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to ask Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to reconsider the 1931 agreement that gives farmers the lion's share of the Colorado River.
December 18, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Friday praised the progress made in California toward using less water from the Colorado River and suggested that the other six states that depend on the river drop their historic distrust of their big neighbor to the west. Specifically, Babbitt, in his annual state of the river speech to regional water officials, said he wants to see an agreement between the seven Western states on how to divvy up surplus water from the Colorado.