National Park Service creates online itinerary for historic water projects
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Water has been a defining force in the American West for eons, first shaping landscapes like the Grand Canyon, then shaping the lives of residents, from the Anasazi to modern-day settlers and developers who live and play in region.
The biggest transformation came in the early 20th century, with industrious and ambitious development schemes that resulted in a network of dams reservoirs, and canals built that provide water for irrigation and hydropower generation.
This wholesale manipulation of water in the arid landscape spurred settlement, farming, and economic stability — though it’s still not clear whether this water-dependent culture is sustainable for the long-term. (more…)