New Film: Ken Brower on Dams, Water Conservation and his Father’s Legacy

62 years after his first desert float trip, son of legendary Sierra Club director David Brower returns to the Yampa River

From, a project by O.A.R.S. and American Rivers:

The last time Ken Brower traveled down the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado was with his father, David Brower, in 1952. This was the year his father became the first executive director of the Sierra Club and joined the fight against a pair of proposed dams on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The dams--a big one at Echo Park and a smaller one at Split Mountain--would have flooded the canyons of the Green and its tributary, the Yampa, inundating the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. David Brower and the Sierra Club ultimately won the fight--ushering in a period many consider the dawn of modern environmentalism. Sixty-two years later, Ken revisited the Yampa and Green Rivers to reflect on his father’s work, their 1952 river trip and how we will confront the looming water crisis in the American West.

–Stay tuned for an exclusive C&K interview with Ken Brower

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Ken Brower on the Yampa River, 2015. Photo courtesy 62 Years Film.

Ken Brower on the Yampa River, 2015. Photo courtesy 62 Years film.