the forces of renewal?
. . .
. . . With
the reservoir draining
itself, there has never been a better opportunity for those seeking
to restore Glen Canyon to make their case.
Lost wonders like Cathedral
in the Desert and
Gregory Natural Bridge are becoming visible for the first time
in over 30 years. Vegetation and wildlife like otter and beaver
are returning as creeks flush sediment from long-inundated side
canyons. And color is rapidly returning to the old Powell "bathtub
ring" every day.
The challenge now is
to hold the ecological gains that the drought has allowed for
and ensure that this is indeed the first step toward restoration,
not merely another fluctuation in the reservoir level. GCI is
now researching legal strategies that would grant the re-emerging
Glen Canyon the protection it was denied in 1963, before the
advent of modern environmental law required the government to
consider the consequences of its actions.
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I have long suspected that my father may have had
a special knowledge of the Great Spirit --
stemming, perhaps, from his Shiprock experience. The region-wide
drought in the American Southwest after his passing, effectively
draining Glen Canyon, may lend credence to existence of this
[Photograph: David Brower, Shiprock]