Transcript for Mountain Skywater, segment 02 of 12


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A wintertime region of rock and wind and snow, a rugged world of cold and isolation. Yet the snows that blanket this remote part of the San Juan Mountains are a treasure to all living things. In spring, the snow will melt to water the land, to fill the brooks, the creeks, and the rivers. Downstream the waters form tributaries of the Colorado River where manmade dams and reservoirs even out the erratic flows.

If enough water can be stored in these reservoirs, cities of the Colorado River Basin states will not thirst. The crops will not wither. But water demands grow daily. Already the Colorado River is inadequate to meet the expectations of early day planners.