The Colorado River —
The Most Endangered River in America 2013
I have run these canyons for six million years.
I have traveled from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts, through scorching heat, and freezing cold.
From the land of the dinosaurs to fields of food.
I lend my hand to seven states, two countries, nine National Parks and 36 million people across an arid west.
I am not the strongest or the largest, but I am the hardest working.
People love me, my playfulness, my beauty, my power, my life.
But I don’t think I can offer any more.
I am tired, tapped and tied.
Of the hundreds of major rivers in the world, I am one of the few who no longer kisses the sea.
Battles to harness my soul have been won and lost.
Use me wisely and I will sustain you.
Use me like you have and I will break.
My name is Red.
The Grand River, Red.
The American Nile.
The Canyon Maker.
I am the Colorado River.
And I am the most endangered river in America.
Directed and written by Pete McBride Productions.
Cinematography: Pete McBride, Ron Chapple, Skip Armstrong, Kontent Films.
Still Imagery: Pete McBride
Voices: Duke Beardsley, Alma del Rio.
– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director