American Rivers released their report on the most endangered rivers in the states. At the top of the list is, sadly, one of the most iconic and beautiful rivers: The Colorado.
Amy Kober writes on National Geographic's NewsWatch, "Outdated water management across the basin is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought. According to the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study (December 2012), there is not enough water in the Colorado River to meet the basin’s current water demands, let alone support future demand increases. Scientists predict climate change will reduce the Colorado River’s flow by 10 to 30 percent by 2050."
In response to this terrible mismanagement, or simply abuse of the Colorado River is a beautiful video documenting the river from source to mouth. The short film by Pete McBride Productions both celebrates the Colorado river, and warns of the decline of this vital water resource.
From the Vimeo page:
"The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River's Most Endangered River for 2013."
“This year’s America’s Most Endangered Rivers report underscores the problems that arise for communities and the environment when we drain too much water out of rivers,” Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, told Amy Kober. “We all must be part of the solution if we want clean water supplies and healthy rivers for our children and grandchildren.”