The Crystal: What Would the River Say?
The Crystal River rises in the Maroon Bells Wilderness high in the Rockies and flows for more than 30 miles, down from mountain forests and alpine meadows and through red-rock canyons and lush green valleys. Prime habitat for rainbow trout and mountain whitefish, it is one of the last remaining free-flowing rivers in Colorado.
But the Crystal is also in danger – its future clouded by two proposed dams and a water-diversion project that would transform its rushing waters. The conservation group American Rivers last month listed the Crystal as one of the top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S. (it was number 8) and called on local officials to reject the dam proposals and support permanent protection of the Crystal as a federal Wild and Scenic River.
Filmmaker Pete McBride grew up along the banks of the Crystal River. In this Yale Environment 360
video, he captures the breathtaking beauty of the Crystal and shows why it should remain wild and free.
14 June 2012
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ABOUT THE VIDEO
This Yale Environment 360
video was produced and written by Pete McBride
, a Colorado-based photographer and writer. His work
has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of Publication Designers. McBride also produced a previous e360
video, The Colorado River: Running Near Empty
. A recipient of a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University, his photography is featured in the book, The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict
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The Colorado River:
Running Near Empty
Photographer Pete McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rockies to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In a Yale Environment 360 video, he documents how increasing water demands have transformed the river that is the lifeblood for an arid Southwest.
When The Water Ends:
Africa’s Climate Conflicts
As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, tribes in East Africa increasingly are coming into conflict. A Yale Environment 360
video reports on a phenomenon that could become more common: how worsening drought will pit groups — and nations — against one another.
Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy
of Mountaintop Removal Mining
During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams. This video, produced by Yale Environment 360
, offers a first-hand look at mountaintop removal and what is at stake for Appalachia’s environment and its people.
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