When the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the 1960s, there were many unintended consequences to the Grand Canyon ecosystem immediately downstream. One of the more high profile has been the plight of native fish species which have struggled to adapt to the frigid, clear water that replaced the warm, muddy river flows of yesteryear.
The indigenous humpback chub is one example of a fish that has been pushed to the brink of extinction. The National Park Service, and other federal agencies have been taking aggressive steps to help the remaining population survive this new paradigm. One measure has been to establish a second viable colony miles downstream in Shinumo Creek.
Read more about this intriguing survival story.