Craig Childs at the Glen Canyon Dam_2

In the Shadow of Glen Canyon Dam

6170 miles. This is the distance between Flagstaff, Arizona and Puerto Bertrand, Chile – the town closest to the source of the Rio Baker. This creates a formidable gap (the equivalent of driving from Boston to San Diego and back) between where many of us live and the rivers we are fighting to protect. Why then, are 5 folks from Flagstaff and 2 from Colorado so damned concerned about a river and a watershed that are so far from home?

The simple answer is this: we believe rivers should flow freely – from source to sea – as nature intended. But, there’s more. We are also motivated by the missteps made in our very own backyard.  We live in the shadow of Glen Canyon dam -  aka “America’s most regretted environmental mistake”[1] and we constantly grapple with ‘what could have been’ if this place had not been lost. This dam stands as a beacon, reminding us of a past heartbreak and calling us to action in order to prevent others.

The lessons we have learned from the tragedy at Glen Canyon have made many of us in the Southwest unwilling and unable to stand by and allow the same mistakes to be made again, even in remote regions that are thousands of miles away. Despite the geographic distance between where we lay our heads and Patagonia, our connection to these rivers is strong and the need to stand up for them remains close to our hearts.

Recently, a few members of the team re-visited Glen Canyon Dam bringing with them newfound knowledge and experience as a result of our trip in Chile.


 

 


[1] http://www.glencanyon.org/library/riverrestoration.php

    Comments

    1. Monika Wilkendorf
      September 16th

      Hi everybody!!
      just wanted to say thanks for doing what you´re doing, no matter how far we are! It gives me even more hopes to know that people miles away from here is fighting for our reavers, that are our rivers becouse they are in Chile, but they are everybodys rivers becouse they are in our planet.

      Thanks guys!

      Monika Wilkendorf
      chilena de corazón!

    2. Monex
      December 29th

      ….By Steve Steinberg…….Tranquillity may return this summer to the slopes and paths of .Glen Canyon San Franciscos wilderness area just over the hill from Noe .Valley…The canyon part of the Glen Park Recreation Area bordered by .OShaughnessy Boulevard and Elk Street has been the focus of an intense .two-year brush war between anti-car partisans and the citys Recreation and .Park Department…The controversy centered on whether parents should be allowed to drive .down the service road that runs through the heart of the canyon to ferry .their children to Silver Tree Summer Day Camp…Finally after the intercession of Mayor Willie Browns office last .fall the dispute over cars appears to have been settled. Also .private cars will not be allowed down the road this summer…But so much acrimony remains that to no ones great surprise the battle .over the canyon has now shifted from cars to unleashed dogs… ..Whatever their position on dogs or cars all sides agree that .Glen Canyon is a precious treasure both to the Glen Park neighborhood and .to the city as a whole…Designated a significant natural resource by the Recreation and Park .Department in 1995 the canyon is the ravine running through 70-acre Glen .Park from which the neighborhood takes its name…The canyon is home to many plant and wildlife species both native and .imported.

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