Jen Pelz

Water Advocacy Director

Jen Pelz - Favorites

Inspirational books
  • Pieces of White Shell by Terry Tempest Williams
  • World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
Little-known facts
  • Amateur photographer of rivers, mostly
  • Keeper of chickens with literary names
  • Defiant wearer of Chaco sandals to court
  • Gardener of large scarlet runner beans
  • Meditative knitter of unfinished work
Favorite river critters
  • Humpback chub
  • Rio Grande silvery minnow
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Sandhill crane
  • River otter
  • Beaver

Jen's Blog


Colorado River flows are highly regulated, even the high flows that periodically course through the Grand Canyon.

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Where does the Colorado River start? How deep is it? Is it drying up? Your questions, answered.

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New dams proposed near Kayenta would pump water from the Colorado River, San Juan River, or local aquifers.

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