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

Photos and videos: Rio Grande Headwaters, April 2021

This page features drone-captured and ground-based photos and videos of the Rio Grande near its headwaters in southern Colorado. The Rio Grande begins in the San Juan...

Photos: Central Arizona Project

This page features photos of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal, a cornerstone of Arizona's water supply. Created in 1968 by the Colorado River Basin Project Act, the CAP is...

Photos: University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

This page contains photos from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research in the University of Arizona’s College of Science. The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is a global hub of dendrochronology: the...

Photos: Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir, August 2021

This page features imagery of Fontenelle Reservoir along the Green River in southwestern Wyoming. Created by Fontenelle Dam, a 139-foot earthfill dam, Fontenelle Reservoir has a storage capacity of 345,000...

Photos: Morelos Dam, October 2018

This page contains ground-based and aerial photos of Morelos Dam just south of where California, Arizona and Mexico meet. Morelos Dam was constructed in 1950 after The Mexican Water Treaty...

Photos: San Juan River aerials, May 2021

This page features aerial photos of the San Juan River, a key tributary of the Colorado River that drains the Four Corners region and meets Lake Powell in southern...

Paddling the Green River to report on Western water issues – Water Buffs Podcast...

Journalist Heather Hansman floated the Green River to explore water issues in the American West, then wrote a fascinating book about her journey.

Photos: Parker Dam, February 2021

This page features photos of Parker Dam, located along the Colorado River on the Arizona-California border.   Built between 1934 and 1938 by the Bureau of Reclamation, Parker Dam is...

Photos: Grand Canyon rafting, fall 2019

This page features photos of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park during a rafting trip in fall 2019. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon over eons, but...

Photos: Flaming Gorge Reservoir, June 2021

This page features photos of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which impounds the Green River in Wyoming and Utah. The Green River is the most significant tributary of the Colorado River. Flaming...