the aqueduct was built, the Colorado River flooded and breeched
a farmer-cut irrigation canal in 1905. The water flowed into the
Imperial Valley for 2 years and created the 35-mile long, 9 to 12-mile
wide Salton Sea. The Boulder Canyon Project Act of 1929 provided
for building dams and hydroelectric plants along the Colorado River.
Over a period of 50 years, 18 major dams and diversions were built
to provide each state in the watershed with its share. As a preventative
measure to drought, Diamond Valley Lake was built in the 1990's
and holds enough water for 8.4 million people.
in the Colorado River Watershed
Davis Dam, Bullhead City; Glen Canyon Dam, Page; Palo Verde Diversion,
Ehrenberg; Parker Dam, Parker; Imperial Diversion, north of Yuma;
Laguna Dam, north of Yuma
Blue Mesa Dam, Gunnison; Dixon Canyon Dam, Ft. Collins; Flatiron
Dam, Loveland; Granby Dam, Granby; Olympus Dam, Estes Park; Rifle
Gap Dam, Rifle; Sugar Loaf Dam, Leadville
Hoover Dam, Boulder City
Navajo Dam, Farmington
Deer Creek Dam, Heber; Flaming Gorge Dam, Dutch John; Moon Lake
Fontenelle Dam, La Barge "
National Geographic Society
Sea fish die-off, 1998
Milton Friend, Ex. Dir., Salton Sea Science Subcommittee
Hundley, The Great Thirst, p. 475
Sea and Imperial Valley
N.A.S.A. Earth Observatory, 6/2002
Water from the Colorado River provided Los Angeles with feeling
of unlimited population growth.
- The Salton Sea environment is a controversy. The government has
held to a "do nothing" policy and environmentalists are
angry that the sea is dying through evaporation and pollution.
- Seven states are responsible for the river, leading to disagreements
in allocation, toxin clean up, and unforeseen problems.