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'Fill Mead First' proposal picking up steam as Colorado River faces ongoing drought

A once-controversial idea dubbed the “One-Dam Solution” or “Fill Mead First” is gaining steam as climate change threatens the health of the Colorado River — and millions of us who rely on its water. 

It used to be environmentalists who pushed for draining Lake Powell, bypassing Glen Canyon Dam, and filling up the river’s largest reservoir first: Lake Mead. But now, farmers are joining in the call. 

Luke Runyon, co-director of the Water Desk at the University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Journalism, has covered water in the West and the Colorado River for years and he joined The Show to explain it all.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.