An initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder

Troubled waters

The Trump administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” dramatically shrinks federal protection of many wetlands and waterways under the Clean Water Act. The rule change cuts red tape for farmers and developers but could threaten ecosystems and drinking water, especially in the arid West.

Aerial photos and videos: Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, July 2020

This page features images and footage shot with a GoPro camera during a pilot-only Lighthawk flight above Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, along the Colorado River near Las Vegas,...

Drone videos and photos: Salt River near Theodore Roosevelt Lake, Arizona

This page features drone footage and still imagery of the Salt River, near Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Arizona. The Salt River, which runs for about 200 miles, is a...

Photos: Navajo Generating Station, Arizona, December 2019

This page features photos of Navajo Generating Station, a large coal-fired power plant near Page, Arizona that was decommissioned in 2019. The power plant was built, in part, to...

Photos: Lees Ferry and Navajo Bridge, Arizona, December 2019

This page features photos of the Colorado River and Paria River at Lees Ferry, as well as nearby Navajo Bridge and Marble Canyon in Northern Arizona. Lees Ferry marks the...

Drone videos and photos: Goosenecks of the San Juan River, December 2019

This page features drone footage and still imagery of the Goosenecks of the San Juan River as well as the area around Mexican Hat, Utah and Kayenta, Arizona. The...

Drone videos and photos: uranium tailings and Colorado River near Moab, Utah, December 2019

This page features drone footage and still imagery of the Colorado River around Moab, Utah. Near downtown Moab, a large uranium mill tailings pile is located close to the...

Photos: Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, December 2019

This page features photos of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona. This scenic vista in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, located just downstream from Glen Canyon...

Photos: Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona, December 2019

This page features photos of Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, near Page, Arizona. The 710-foot dam, which was built from 1956 to 1966, is named for explorer and...

Drone videos and photos: Colorado River along Utah State Route 128 near Moab, December...

This page features drone footage and still imagery of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, along State Route 128, which is designated as a scenic byway. Utah 128 runs...