Current Event: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne [in blue button-down shirt] oversees the third water release geared toward revitalizing the Colorado River. Anne Phillips
This frothy flume is what 300,000 gallons of water per second looks like. A 60-hour surge of almost 75 billion gallons, it’s part of an effort to revitalize the ecosystem of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Teams from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Grand Canyon Trust and 25 other agencies have been working together since 1995 to develop a plan that will mimic natural flooding to redistribute sediment that would normally wash downriver.