NRDC OnEarth
NRDC   OnEarth
The Earth’s Best Defense
OnEarth


Current Issue
About OnEarth
Subscribe/Join
Podcasts

Cover, Current Issue
Letter from the Editor
Contact OnEarth
Full Table of Contents
Back Issues
Advertise
Media Kit


NRDC Home
NRDC Membership

A NEW WEBSITE! blogs, more multimedia, and award-winning journalism come join the conversation at www.onearth.org





Eyewitness

Bum Rushed

The year the topmost of the two photographs below was taken, salmon could still migrate up the Snake River to the base of southern Idaho's 212-foot-high Shoshone Falls. Over the years, things have changed on the Snake. Dams below the falls prevent the fish from even getting close to their natal waters (they are now extinct in this stretch), and irrigation diversions -- heavily subsidized by taxpayers -- literally drain parts of the Snake dry in summer months. There's also Idaho Power, which has a hydroelectric project next to Shoshone. When the river is low, the company takes almost all of the falls' water, reducing the gushing cascades to barely gurgling trickles. These images are part of the Third View Project, which is taking "rephotographs" of historic western landscapes.

Photos of Snake River Canyon













Photos: Top, Timothy O'Sullivan; Bottom, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe/Third View Project

OnEarth. Summer 2002
Copyright 2002 by the Natural Resources Defense Council