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The Colorado River: Running Near Empty


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Photographer Peter McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rocky Mountains to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In this Yale Environment 360 video, he follows the natural course of the Colorado by raft, on foot, and overhead in a small plane, telling the story of a river whose water is siphoned off at every turn, leaving it high and dry 80 miles from the sea.

In the video, McBride, a Colorado native, documents how increasing water demands have transformed the river that is the lifeblood for an arid Southwest.

22 Sept 2011


Watch the video, “Chasing Water”

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filmmakersABOUT THE VIDEO
This e360 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. He was the recipient of a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. His photography of the Colorado River is featured in the book, The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict.

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