Providing water to over 36 million people, irrigating land that provides 15% of our nation’s crops, and supporting a 26 billion dollar recreation industry, the Colorado River is the lifeline of the American West. Focusing on Glen Canyon and the Grand Canyon, this lecture will explore the ecological, economic, and social importance of the Colorado River as its existence is reshaped by demand, drought, and climate change.
The Zion Canyon Field Institute’s Fern and J. L. Crawford Lecture Series is a collaborative presentation of ZCFI and the Division of Resource Management in Zion National Park. This year, the lectures aim to broaden our understanding of our shared heritage within southern Utah, and to encourage and foster a continued culture of preservation. Lectures are hosted monthly and are free and open to the public. The next lecture, “St. George Archaeology,” will be held on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm. For more information on the lecture series, visit http://www.zionpark.org/zcfi_lecture_series_2012_2013.