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Grand Canyon: Go rolling on the Colorado River with Google Maps - latimes.com
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California. For the river run, Google last August partnered with the nonprofit organization American Rivers which has deemed the Colorado the most endangered river in America. The nonprofit hopes the project will raise awareness about the river and need to better manage water supplies.Google also worked with commercial outfitter Arizona River Runners to make the extraordinary journey from Lee's F
Spring  2014  March  notes  USWest  Arizona  GrandCanyon  ColoradoRiver  GoogleStreetView  trends  BWRT 
march 2014 by ahasteve
California's drought, times three - latimes.com
The first drought is regional, caused by the lack of rain in our own mountains and our own backyards. In normal winters — or rather those we have come to accept as normal — storms blow south from the Gulf of Alaska, churning in a counterclockwise direction and keeping much of their stored water in the air until they move inland from the west and run smack into the San Gabriel Mountains. The second drought is different but related. The same Gulf of Alaska system that usually sends rain south of the Tehachapis also sends storms across the Central Valley and into the higher, colder Sierra Nevada, where the water falls as snow and forms California's greatest natural reservoir, releasing its water later in the year in manageable, and useful, seasonal pulses.The third drought is occurring across the Western United States, and especially in the Rocky Mountains, which feed the Colorado River and by extension the other major component, after the Central Valley, of California's agricultural weal
Winter  2014  January  notes  USWest  California  drought  SierraNevada  RockyMountain  ColoradoRiver  GreenPlanet 
february 2014 by ahasteve
Goldwater, Brower and the disastrous damming of the Colorado River - latimes.com
During the boom years for damming American rivers, no politician was a bigger believer in the transformative power of impounded water than Goldwater. He was the Bureau of Reclamation's best friend in Congress whenever the agency proposed mind-boggling water projects such as the Glen Canyon Dam. While Goldwater and the reclamation bureau were enjoying a golden age for water projects, Brower battled to stop many of Goldwater's pet endeavors. Most notably, Brower led an unsuccessful national campaign to stop Glen Canyon Dam, which created Lake Powell in northern Arizona. Brower called his defeat on Glen Canyon "the darkest day of my life" and vowed it would never happen again. It didn't.Nevertheless, taking out Glen Canyon Dam would make a resounding statement. It would say: Wild rivers rock. It would say: "We should have left well enough alone; we should have listened to John Wesley Powell and limited settlement on arid lands."
Winter  2014  January  notes  GreenPlanet  dam  GlenCanyonDam  river  ColoradoRiver  JohnWesleyPowell  water  LakePowell  USWest  Arizona  rivers 
january 2014 by ahasteve
U.S. urges conservation as Colorado River hit by drought - latimes.com
If the trend continues, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the Colorado River's two giant reservoirs, will be at 45% capacity by year's end, their lowest since 1968. "Hydrologically, we're not going in the right direction," Michael Connor, commissioner of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, said in advance of Tuesday's meeting in San Diego. The strategy to avoid cutbacks, officials said, lies in conserving more water in cities, suburbs and farms without resorting to the political bickering and legal fights that have marked the river's recent history. In December, the federal government released the results of a three-year study warning that drought, climate change and population growth are fast outstripping the water supply from the Colorado River. The river provides for the daily needs of 40 million people, including those in Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Farmers and ranchers in western states also use the river to irrigate 4 million ac...
2013  GreenPlanet  ColoradoRiver  USWest  May  Spring  notes 
may 2013 by ahasteve
Las Vegas: Tour gives a sprinkling of history and adventure - latimes.com
Visitors to southern Nevada can immerse themselves in history and enjoy rafting on the Colorado River Exploration Tour , the latest Las Vegas-area offering from Forever Resorts .
ForeverResorts  2013  Nelson  ColoradoRiver  tourism  Spring  travel  rivers  rafting  tourist  vacation  LasVegas  EldoradoCanyon  USWest  May  notes  Nevada 
may 2013 by ahasteve
Phoenix's too hot future - latimes.com
If cities were stocks, you'd want to short Phoenix. Of course, it's an easy city to pick on. The nation's 13th-largest metropolitan area crams 4.3 million people into a low bowl in a hot desert, where horrific heat waves and windstorms visit it regularly. And it depends on an improbable infrastructure to suck water from the distant (and dwindling) Colorado River. If the Gulf Coast's Hurricane Katrina and the Eastern Seaboard's Superstorm Sandy previewed how coastal cities can expect to fare as seas rise and storms strengthen, Phoenix — which also stands squarely in the cross hairs of climate change — pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires. If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come, look no further than the aptly named Valley of the Sun.
water  desert  2013  ColoradoRiver  Spring  Phoenix  March  drought  GreenPlanet  USWest  ValleyoftheSun  ClimateChange  notes 
march 2013 by ahasteve
Dumped Christmas trees are a gift for Lake Havasu fish - latimes.com
There, thousands of Christmas trees sunk by wildlife biologists have found a second life as fish habitat in an ecosystem damaged by the damming of the Colorado River decades ago. What nature once provided — a steady source of organic material such as brush and uprooted trees — disappeared when the once wild and muddy river was tamed. By the late 1980s, Lake Havasu's now crystal clear waters harbored few places where newly spawned fish could find shelter from predators. Fish populations were a fraction of what they had been a generation before. "There was no place for the young fish to hide until they matured," said Kirk Koch, a fisheries program manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. "Instead, they would be consumed by bigger fish." The solution was a gift that keeps on giving: Christmas trees. More than 30 million farm-harvested trees are sold nationwide each year. No matter how pretty they're decorated, they all meet the same ignoble fate: ground up as mulch or buried i
Winter  2013  January  USWest  Arizona  ColoradoRiver  LakeHavasu  lakes  GreenPlanet  notes 
january 2013 by ahasteve
An answer for the Colorado River: Fill Lake Mead first - latimes.com
First, cities can keep getting more efficient. Las Vegas has cut its per-capita water use from 348 gallons per day to 240 in 20 years; Tucson residents use just 100 gallons per day. Farmers can too. Agriculture uses 85% to 90% of Colorado River water, water so heavily subsidized that most goes to grow thirsty, low-value cattle feed, including 50 billion gallons a year for alfalfa that is shipped to China. What is lacking in the study's options is the easiest and cheapest way to save water: cutting waste in the system itself. Lake Mead and Lake Powell lose huge volumes of water to evaporation in the desert sun and to seepage into the dry ground. By consolidating the water in Lake Mead, the bureau could save as much as 300,000 acre-feet a year — equal to the state of Nevada's entire entitlement. The bureau has failed to consider this approach in part because it has collected data only on evaporation rates and concluded the savings don't justify consolidation. But new studies show highe
Winter  2012  December  USWest  California  Nevada  Arizona  NewMexico  Utah  Colorado  Wyoming  LakeMead  LakePowell  ColoradoRiver  ColoradoRiverBasin  water  GreenPlanet  notes 
december 2012 by ahasteve
Colorado River water supply to fall short of demand, study says - latimes.com
Water demand in the Colorado River Basin will greatly outstrip supply in coming decades as a result of drought, climate change and population growth, according to a broad-ranging federal study.
It projects that by 2060, river supplies will fall short of demand by about 3.2 million acre-feet — more than five times the amount of water annually consumed by Los Angeles. "This study should serve as a call to action," U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday as he released a report that predicted a drier future for the seven states that depend on the Colorado for irrigation and drinking supplies. "We can plan for this together." The analysis lists a range of proposed solutions, including some that Interior officials immediately dismissed as politically or technically infeasible. Among them: building a pipeline to import water from the Missouri or Mississippi rivers and towing icebergs to Southern California. But Salazar said a host of practical steps could be pursued, including
Winter  2012  December  USWest  populationgrowth  Climate-Change  drought  ColoradoRiverBasin  ColoradoRiver  rivers  GreenPlanet  notes  2060  LosAngeles 
december 2012 by ahasteve
The American illusion of water abundance - latimes.com
For 12 years, the nation's largest reservoir has dropped steadily to reveal a calcium-carbonate bathtub ring, evidence of human folly and nature's frailty — the over-allocation of the Colorado River and the drought still battering so much of the United States. The chalky, ever-widening ring is the perfect starting point to talk to the millions who show up at Hoover Dam about our need to live differently with water. Instead, the hourlong tour that my son and I took was as whitewashed as Mead's bathtub ring. It began with a film describing the system as an "assured and reliable water supply" for Southwestern cities and farms. Then, two guides led our attentive group on a bullish circuit of the generating plant and dam. Their only mention of the ring brushed it off as a high-water mark left from the Colorado River's 1983 flood, a compelling story that ended with the dam's heroic success in containing the swollen river nearly 30 years ago.
Fall  2012  November  USWest  Nevada  Arizona  ColoradoRiver  HooverDam  LakeMead  GreenPlanet  water  notes 
december 2012 by ahasteve
The irresistible call of the Grand Canyon - latimes.com
Some people embark from the canyon's remote, higher North Rim. Others go rim to rim, walking the canyon's entire width. A few crazies go rim to rim to rim — hiking down one side, up the other, back down again and out the original side. Our plan on that brisk weekend in mid-October (brisk at the top, it will be pushing 100 degrees at midday down below) is to backpack the classic South Rim loop. Down the steeper and more exposed, 7-mile South Kaibab Trail to the bottom, camping for a night by the river at Bright Angel Campground, and then back up by the canyon's main corridor, the 91/2 -mile Bright Angel Trail. Backcountry permits get snatched up months in advance for expeditions such as this, especially during the Grand Canyon's more temperate fall and spring shoulder seasons. Winters get icy, rainy and frigid. Summers, the most popular time to visit the rim, swelter in the lethal triple digits in the inner gorge during what the park calls its "danger months."
Summer  2012  August  USWest  Arizona  hiking  ColoradoRiver  BrightAngelCampground  trails  SouthKaibabTrail  SouthRim  NorthRim  GrandCanyon  tourist  tourism  travel  vacation  notes 
august 2012 by ahasteve
Southern California travel guide - Wikitravel
Southern California is a megapolitian area in the southern region of California comprised of Los Angeles and San Diego all along the coast from Ventura to the Southland and Inland Empire to San Diego. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. To the south is the international border between the U.S. and Mexico. Towards the Arizona state border in the east lies the Colorado Desert and the Colorado River, and towards the Nevada state border lies the Mojave Desert. Though there is no official definition for the northern boundary, most include all the land south of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Tehachapi Mountains. Southern California is a culturally diverse and well known area worldwide. Many tourists frequently travel to South Coast for its popular beaches, and to the eastern Desert for its dramatic open spaces. Southern California, along with the San Francisco Bay Area, is a major cultural and economic center for the State of California and beyond.
USWest  California  state  profile  wikitravel  desert  beaches  mountain  TehachapiMountains  SierraNevada  MojaveDesert  ColoradoRiver  ColoradoDesert  Islands  ChannelIslands  PacificOcean  InlandEmpire  Ventura  SanDiego  LosAngeles  SouthernCalifornia  regional  travel  tourist  tourism  vacation  Region:  California 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Northwestern Colorado travel guide - Wikitravel
Northwestern Colorado is a diverse area of both red rock mesas and snow capped mountain peaks, as well as the headwaters of the Colorado River. This Rocky Mountains region includes a majority of the state's most popular ski resorts, places like Breckenridge, Aspen and Vail. It is also home to the Western Slope's biggest city, Grand Junction. The major artery through the region is Interstate 70. Weather-wise, there are three distinct micro-climates along I-70 in Northwestern Colorado. Conditions are highly variable depending on both the altitude and terrain. The weather can be blizzard conditions on the Eastern Slope of the Continental Divide in South Central Colorado, cloud cover on the Western Slope, and sunny west of Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs. During peak times, I-70 can get very crowded and it is not unheard of for a trip from Eagle and Summit Counties to Denver to take 3 hours or more (Allow for 5 from Pitkin County). Peak times are weekend afternoons (2 pm- 6 pm) both
USWest  state  profile  wikitravel  Colorado  regional  NorthwesternColorado  GrandJunction  WesternSlope  Vail  Aspen  BreckenridgeSkiResort  Breckenridge  resort  ski-area  RockyMountain  ColoradoRiver  tourist  tourism  travel  vacation  Region:  Colorado 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Bringing the Colorado River delta back from near-death - latimes.com
River deltas are among the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth, and for millions of years the delta of the Colorado River was no exception. After a 1,450-mile journey from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains south into Mexico, the Colorado sustained verdant marshes teeming with life before emptying into the aquatic Eden of the upper Gulf of California. Today, the Colorado delta is a shadow of its former self. Once one of the planet's most vital aquatic ecosystems, it is now one of the most threatened. A low-altitude flight over the region reveals a desiccated landscape of salt flats and cracked earth. There is little sign of a living river because the river is gone; in all but the wettest years, it disappears into the desert sands a short distance south of the border. The decisions that led to the delta's decline date, ironically, to 1922, the same year Leopold canoed through the marshy wilderness. In late November of that year, then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover
Spring  2012  March  USWest  GreenPlanet  development  water  Mexico  Colorado  Arizona  California  regional  delta  ColoradoRiver  desert  notes 
march 2012 by ahasteve
Metropolitan Water District wages costly war with nature, age - latimes.com
We were at the Metropolitan Water District's Julian Hinds Pumping Plant, situated at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park and about 20 miles north of the Salton Sea. Hinds is one of five pumping plants on the Colorado River Aqueduct. And it's the last point on the 242-mile journey of Colorado River water from Lake Havasu on the California-Arizona border where pumping is needed. Gravity carries the water the rest of the way to the aqueduct's terminus, Lake Mathews in Riverside County. As I braced myself against the gale, Howard pointed out nine switches that will be replaced on the plant's electrical grid and the locations of nine expansion joints to be refurbished on the 10-foot-diameter pipes that carry pumped water 441 feet up the side of a mountain. So that work can be done, the aqueduct has been shut down, a once rare but increasingly frequent event dictated by the demands of maintenance and rehabilitation of the MWD's aging system. The contractors have exactly 19 days and three
Spring  2012  March  USWest  California  SaltonSea  RiversideCounty  LakeMathews  Arizona  LakeHavasu  NationalPark  JoshuaTree  JulianHindsPumpingPlant  ColoradoRiverAqueduct  aqueduct  ColoradoRiver  MetropolitanWaterDistrict  water  notes  MWD 
march 2012 by ahasteve
Making book on Southwestern water - latimes.com
First, the Lower Basin states of the Colorado River are living beyond their means. The Colorado River Compact of 1922 allocates 7.5 million acre-feet to be divided among California, Arizona and Nevada. Today tens of millions of people from L.A. and San Diego to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, not to mention agriculture worth billions of dollars, depend on those flows. Trouble is, those Lower Basin states don't budget for evaporative losses, for their proportionate share of the U.S. treaty obligation to Mexico or for other water losses associated with the plumbing of the river. As a result, they consistently overdraft their account by 1.2 million to 1.3 million acre-feet per year. That's an annual deficit of about 17%. For decades the Lower Basin (mainly California) got away with its profligate habits because the Upper Basin — the states upstream of Arizona — developed more slowly; they didn't have the means to withdraw their share of the river water (theoretically, an additional 7.5 mi
Winter  2012  January  USWest  Nevada  Arizona  LasVegas  LosAngeles  Phoenix  Tucson  SanDiego  California  Mexico  water  UpperBasin  LowerBasin  ColoradoRiver  drought  notes  rivers  GreenPlanet  regional 
february 2012 by ahasteve
Bounty at Lake Powell follows record dry stretch - latimes.com
This was supposed to be yet another dry year on the Colorado River system, which feeds Lake Powell and sustains more than 25 million people and upward of 3 million acres of farmland. Some Western states even feared cuts in water deliveries were looming. Instead, so much snowmelt and storm runoff flowed into the river and its tributaries that for much of the summer Powell rose a foot a day. The reservoir now is 76% full, and its surface has reached the highest point in a decade, dramatically shrinking the white bathtub ring of mineral salts that had ominously marked the lake's retreat. Glen Canyon Dam managers are pouring water downriver as fast as they can to Lake Mead, which supplies Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. This year of surprisingly bountiful snow and rain follows the driest 11-year period in more than a century of record keeping. But from Wyoming to California, the seven states that depend on the 1,450-long river are letting out sighs of relief.
Summer  2011  August  USWest  Arizona  Page  LakePowell  LakeMead  GlenCanyonDam  Nevada  California  SouthernCalifornia  lakes  rivers  ColoradoRiver  Wyoming  water  drought 
august 2011 by ahasteve
Dust cuts Colorado River flow, scientists say - latimes.com
Researchers had already shown that dust emissions in the Southwest have increased fivefold since the mid-19th century, when settlers and their livestock poured across the frontier, breaking up the fragile crusts atop desert soils. That extra dust absorbs more sunlight, melting the snowpack sooner and shortening the duration of snow cover each year by three to four weeks. To quantify the effect on runoff, Painter and his colleagues plugged historical data into a computer model that projected what annual runoff would have been from 1916 to 2003 under the cleaner snow conditions that existed before 1880. Accelerated melting due to dust exposes surface vegetation earlier in the year, and the growing plants suck water out of the soil. As a result, there is 5% less runoff available to flow into rivers. This means the 5% figure is a minimum estimate of the amount of Colorado River water that is lost, he said.
Fall  2010  September  USWest  RockyMountain  Colorado  ColoradoRiver  rivers  mountain  Snowmelt  snowpacks  green  GreenPlanet  wildwest  regional  Southwest  notes 
september 2010 by ahasteve
California's drought may be over, but no one's rushing to lift restrictions - latimes.com
The Colorado River Basin, a significant water source for the Southland, remains stuck in a long-term drought. Environmental restrictions on pumping water from Northern California will continue to reduce exports to the south. An expensive water bond made its way onto the November ballot with the help of images of shrinking reservoirs and parched fields in the Central Valley. Data from the state Department of Water Resources paint a vastly improved water picture. As of May 31, statewide precipitation was at 115% of average, reservoir storage was at 95% and runoff at 80%. Lake Oroville, the biggest reservoir in the State Water Project system, has risen 14 feet this month and water levels are still climbing. Shasta Lake, the giant of California reservoirs, is nearly full. Roos expects June runoff to be above average, boosted by snowmelt from storms that kept fattening the Sierra snowpack well into spring - the best water year since 2006, before the drought began.
Summer  2010  June  water  drought  GreenPlanet  USWest  California  NorthernCalifornia  SouthernCalifornia  reservoir  SierraNevada  snowpacks  ColoradoRiver  DepartmentofWaterResources  LakeOroville  ShastaLake  notes 
june 2010 by ahasteve
California's drought may be over, but no one's rushing to lift restrictions - latimes.com
The Colorado River Basin, a significant water source for the Southland, remains stuck in a long-term drought. Environmental restrictions on pumping water from Northern California will continue to reduce exports to the south. An expensive water bond made its way onto the November ballot with the help of images of shrinking reservoirs and parched fields in the Central Valley. Data from the state Department of Water Resources paint a vastly improved water picture. As of May 31, statewide precipitation was at 115% of average, reservoir storage was at 95% and runoff at 80%. Lake Oroville, the biggest reservoir in the State Water Project system, has risen 14 feet this month and water levels are still climbing. Shasta Lake, the giant of California reservoirs, is nearly full. Roos expects June runoff to be above average, boosted by snowmelt from storms that kept fattening the Sierra snowpack well into spring - the best water year since 2006, before the drought began.
Summer  2010  June  water  drought  GreenPlanet  USWest  California  NorthernCalifornia  SouthernCalifornia  reservoir  SierraNevada  snowpacks  ColoradoRiver  DepartmentofWaterResources  LakeOroville  ShastaLake  notes 
june 2010 by ahasteve
Breckenridge: Water workshop February 12th
From the Summit Daily News : "The Colorado River District and the Blue River Watershed Group are holding an informal water workshop from 6:30-830 p.m. Feb.12 at the Breckenridge Campus of Colorado Mountain ...
winter  2009  February  USWest  Colorado  SummitCounty  Early-Maturity  Breckenridge  80424  WRMR  WRDE  WirelessResorters  MaturingResorts  DistantExurbans  TownandCountry  LandedGentry  CountryComfort  RusticLiving  Singles  Couples  Families  BabyBoomers  Midlife  20-29  25-54  30-44  55+Boomer  ColoradoRiver  district  BlueRiverWatershed  groups  rivers  NorthwesternColorado  regional  vacation  Region:  Colorado 
february 2009 by ahasteve
An energy boomtown goes bust - Los Angeles Times
Even as the national economy went into a tailspin, resource-rich towns like Parachute, Colo., were doing fine. Then natural gas prices began to plunge, and the pain began to rise. Robert Knight was about to install wireless transmitters on eight new drilling rigs joining the thousands that dot the ravines and mesas here when he got the startling news: All but one of the rigs were coming down. The plunge brought some relief to recession-racked consumers, but has raised anxieties in Parachute, a town of 1,500 that bears the scars of busts that followed previous energy booms. In Parachute, 200 miles west of Denver, the change has been dramatic. The town straddles I-70 along the Colorado River, in the shadow of massive mesas and buttes.

On the slope of one mesa sits a subdivision of about 5,000 people that relies on Parachute businesses. Last week, Del Dawson, a local real estate agent, did what had been unthinkable in Parachute for several years: He cut the prices on two homes.
Winter  2009  February  USWest  Colorado  GarfieldCounty  Parachute  81635  energy  natural-gas  Denver  I-70  ColoradoRiver  realestate  rivers 
february 2009 by ahasteve

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