The Colorado River and the West 

The River We Know

3. Communities of the Colorado 

In the West, people go where water flows.  This half hour is devoted to the  human communities that have grown up along the Colorado River.  Each of these  towns and cities contributes specific activities and corresponding values to  the River system. Ranching, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism, like other forms of economic development, only exist here because the River was there first.  Sometimes these human activities and values are in concert; other times, they clash.  Since in the West we "pump water uphill to money," cities far from the river are also communities of the Colorado. Through interviews with public officials, historians, business people and riverside community residents, listeners discover the human side of the Colorado River.