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We’re building a library of free-to-use multimedia assets that includes photos, videos, charts, graphics, maps and other visual content that can help tell the story of water, especially in the American West and Colorado River Basin.

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Photo collections

Browse photo galleries and download high-resolution imagery for reuse by qualified organizations.

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Photos: Agriculture in Dome Valley, Arizona

This page features photos of agriculture in the Dome Valley near Yuma, Arizona. Located in southwestern Arizona’s Yuma County, the Dome Valley is known for...

Photos: All-American Canal, February 2021

This page features aerial photos of the All-American Canal near Winterhaven, California. The All-American Canal begins at the Imperial Dam in southeastern California and flows...

Video footage

Original resolution video for editing and reuse by qualified publishers.

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Photos and videos: Navajo Dam and Navajo Lake, August 2021

This page features imagery and videos of of Navajo Lake and Navajo Dam, along the San Juan River in northwest New Mexico. The image and...

Aerial videos and images: Green River flight, May 2021

This page features aerial video footage and still images of the Green River heading upstream from its confluence with the White River in northeast...

Data visualization

The Water Desk provides original data visualizations for downloading or embedding, and surveys the best of western water data viz and maps.

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Data viz: Elephant Butte Reservoir levels

Last update: April 29, 2022 Percent of total capacity Source: US Bureau of Reclamation

Data viz: Navajo Lake levels

Last update: April 29, 2022 Percent of total capacity Source: US Bureau of Reclamation

Multimedia stories

Stories using multimedia produced or collected by The Water Desk. These are available for republication by qualifying organizations.

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Video story: Navajo water (full length)

Many residents on the Navajo Reservation are now enjoying clean, running water and solar power in their homes, benefiting from DigDeep’s ambitious project to...

Tour the San Joaquin River

An interactive map visualizes restoration efforts on the San Joaquin River.

Unclear waters: How pollution, diversions and drought are squeezing the life...

The Arkansas Valley Conduit promises to bring clean drinking water to more residents of southeast Colorado.

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.
Video story: The value of water

Video story: The value of water (full length)

With population growth around Denver prompting fierce competition for water, investors want to import a new supply from the San Luis Valley, but many farmers and ranchers who depend on that water are opposed to the plan.

Video story: California’s vanishing lake (full length)

Water conservation in California’s southern desert is causing an environmental disaster as the Salton Sea quickly shrinks.