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

The megadrought hits Lake Powell

Built in the 1960s, the Glen Canyon Dam created Lake Powell, the 186-mile-long reservoir intended to store Colorado River flows from the Rocky Mountains. With the flows now drastically...

Map: Explore drone, aerial and terrestrial imagery from The Water Desk

Use this interactive map to browse our expanding collection of free-to-use photos and videos captured by drones, planes and ground-based photographers.

Drone videos and photos: Gila River near Winkelman, Arizona

This page features drone footage and still imagery of the Gila River, near Winkelman, Arizona, just upstream from its confluence with the San Pedro River. The Gila is a...

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...

Video: Selling water

Should Colorado River water be used to grow alfalfa or subdivisions in the Phoenix metropolitan area?

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...

Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?

By Stephen R. Miller, Food and Water Reporting Project Photography by Bill Hatcher You could almost visit Arizona without noticing it was a farming state. If you flew into Phoenix in an aisle seat,...

Colorado River Econ 101

By Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler From the high country in Rocky Mountain National Park a muddy flush of water rushes downstream, through western Colorado. It turns left, going south...