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

Using less of the Colorado River takes a willing farmer and $45 million in...

Wyoming native Leslie Hagenstein lives on the ranch where she grew up and remembers her grandmother and father delivering milk in glass bottles from the family’s Mount Airy Dairy. The...

Photos and videos: San Juan River, Utah, September 2023

This page in our free multimedia library features photos and videos of the San Juan River, near Mexican Hat, Utah. The San Juan is an important tributary of the Colorado...

Utah’s Suicide Pact With the Fossil Fuel Industry

The state’s fixation on oil and gas development threatens the Colorado River watershed.

Photos: Hite Marina and Lake Powell, May 2021

This page features aerial photos of Hite Marina, the Hite Crossing Bridge, and Lake Powell in southeast Utah. Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the nation by capacity and...

Photos: North Lake Powell, October 2022

This page features aerial photos of the northern end of Lake Powell in Utah. Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the nation by capacity and began to fill with...

Photos: Bullfrog Marina and Lake Powell, October 2022

This page features aerial and ground-based photos of Lake Powell's Bullfrog Marina in southern Utah. Created by Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the nation by...

Photos: Colorado River aerials, October 2022

This page features aerial photos of the Colorado River entering Lake Powell in southern Utah near Hite Marina. Just south of the inoperable Hite Marina lies an extended stretch of...

Photos: Cataract Canyon aerials, October 2022

This page features aerial photos of Cataract Canyon, along the Colorado River in Utah's Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Cataract Canyon begins at the confluence with...

Tribal water talks

With growing water shortages on the Colorado River, tribal communities are demanding a bigger role in river management and access to water they legally own but have never actually...

One crop uses more than half of Utah’s water. Here’s why.

By Brian Maffly and Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune   This article is the first in a series supported by The Water Desk, an independent journalism initiative based at the University of Colorado...