A short post, with a question that has no easy answers.
Glen Canyon was a beatiful place, full of canyons, mesas, archeological sites, and natural beauty, until the west needed water and electricity. By 1963, a dam had been built and 186 miles of canyonlands behind were flooded by 1966. What we lost can never be restored, even if the dam is removed.
The image above is just downstream from the dam. Look at that beautiful canyon.
A bit farther down is the famous Horseshoe Bend formation.
This is what the canyon looks like above the dam. Flooded, and yet it shows how beautiful the drowned world must have been. Choices like power and water put is at the hard edge of decisions that have lifelong impacts for ourselves and the environment.
Should the dam remain, or be removed? Here’s a good article about the choices already made and what choices there going forward.
The night. The stars. The river.