The Colorado River has a 2 billion-year-old history. It provided water for Native Americans for 12,000 years. Today, granaries built by ancient Pueblo Indians are still visible, tucked underneath the cliffs that are present in Grand Canyon National Park.
The river winds through seven states including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The Colorado River is among the most important sources of water in both the western United States and Mexico.
Of the water flowing through the river over 78 percent is used for agriculture. The river is responsible for irrigating over 5 million acres of land that provide the nation with 15 percent of its overall crops.
There are also hydropower facilities along the river. These give off over 4,200 megawatts of electricity.
There are 40 different species of fish in the Colorado River. 30 species are endemic and four are endangered. The Colorado pikeminnow is a minnow only found in this river. It was listed as endangered in 1967 and is now protected. Continue reading “More Fun Facts about the Colorado River”