National Affairs: Ready for Harness

The Upper Basin of the Colorado River is 110,000 square miles of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, all thirsting for water to develop their rich mineral resources and irrigate their potentially fine farmlands (TIME, Jan. 31, 1955). For 50 years basin planners have talked about a vast power and reclamation project to bring under control the Upper Colorado, last great unharnessed river system in the U.S. Yet four Congresses passed over the plan, mostly because of the opposition from conservationists (who feared, among other things, that a dam proposed for Echo Park, Colo, would flood the Dinosaur National Monument)...

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