“The Desert Blooms” is the third installment in the five-part Powell to Powell series debuting on CanoeKayak.com. Click HERE to watch the preview. (And HERE to watch Episode One: Complicating the Divide; and HERE to watch Episode Two: Profit and Play.)

The film series builds toward the print release of C&K‘s June 2013 issue, in which a feature story chronicles the story of a group of college friends paddling the Colorado River from its headwaters down in back-to-back, historic high- and low-water years. Powell to Powell documents the crew’s 2012 expedition starting from the source of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park, navigating endless diversions and dams, to its “terminus” at the Glen Canyon Dam.

Punctuated by a series of interviews along the way with water experts of all kinds, ranging from farmers, ranchers, politicians and environmental nonprofits, the series seeks to spread understanding of the ecological issues and threats facing a used and abused river drainage at risk. This third episode explores the booming natural-gas fracking industry and the continued stress of agriculture. The next episodes move with the crew’s downriver journey from packrafts to whitewater boats to sea kayaks to canyon rafting, to the final push across Lake Powell in a unique solar-powered raft.

For more information check out downthecolorado.org and stateoftherockies.com.

May 14: episode 4 "Confluence" which ponders solutions to the Colorado's myriad problems.
May 24: episode 5 "A New Way Downstream" which shows the solar-powered voyage across Lake Powell.