Guide to the Photographs of Bill Green

Prepared and revised by Patricia J. Rettig
Colorado State University Water Resources Archive
A joint effort of the University Libraries and the Colorado Water Institute
Copyright 2012 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Patricia J. Rettig, 2010.
Creator: Green, Bill
Title: Photographs of Bill Green
Dates: 1992-2011
Quantity: 2 linear feet + 1.54 GB
Identification: WBGP
Abstract: Bill Green, a water resources engineer and outdoor photographer, photographs reservoirs, streams, and natural areas in the western United States. The collection consists of 25 digital photographs of the 2002 Colorado drought, as well as nearly 1,500 slides of water features, parks, and wildlife, mostly in Colorado but also in other western states.
Contact Information: Water Resources Archive
Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: Archives and Special Collections
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/archives/water/
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
The donor has retained copyright of these images until his death. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Reservoirs.
  • National parks and reserves.
  • Rivers.
  • Droughts.
  • Dams.
Places:
  • Colorado.
  • California.
  • Utah.
  • New Mexico.
  • Wyoming.
  • Nevada.
  • Arizona.
Special Document Types:
  • Slides (photographs).
  • Digital images.
Bill Green is a water resources engineer, economist, and planner. He worked for the Colorado Water Conservation Board for fifteen years and more recently as a consulting engineer.
Green is a native of South Dakota who moved to Colorado in 1964. He has a bachelors degree in economics from South Dakota State University and a masters in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
Green is an experienced outdoor photographer with a specialty in water supply in the Western United States. His photographs have been published in a number of magazines and brochures. In 2002, during one of the most severe droughts in Colorado, he photographed streams and reservoirs across the state; the photography project was sponsored by the Denver office of HDR Engineering.
The Photographs of Bill Green, spanning 1992 through 2011, consists of 25 digital photographs of reservoirs and streams across Colorado during the 2002 drought, as well as nearly 1,500 slides of water features, parks, and wildlife, mostly in Colorado but also in most of the other western states. The drought photographs visually document this extreme event in a way that words and data cannot. The slides capture the beauty and variety of the western landscape.
The collection consists of two series stored on one DVD and in five boxes:
Preferred Citation

Photographs of Bill Green, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Photographs of Bill Green was donated to the Water Resources Archive by Mr. Green in December 2009. He donated the slides in January 2012.

Processing

The digital photographs were donated on a DVD, which was rehoused in archival storage. All files are backed up on a server. The slides, a later donation, were also rehoused in archival materials.

Online Materials

In addition to the DVD of images, the digital photographs in this collection are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Series 1: Digital photographs, 2002 (25 photographs)

This series consists of 25 digital photographs taken by Bill Green during 2002. At the time, Colorado was in the midst of a significant drought period, and the photographs capture the severity of the situation. They largely show low streamflows and reservoirs in danger of drying up. The photographs are listed alphabetically by location. The original DVD is stored in Digital Media Box 1.
Box Folder
DMB1 1 Animas River at Durango, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
DMB1 1 Antero Reservoir on the South Platte River in Colorado. 2002 August. VIEW
DMB1 1 Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Rafting on the Arkansas River above Canon City, Colorado, during the drought of 2002. About 200 cfs, normal about 500 cfs.
DMB1 1 Barker Reservoir on Boulder Creek in Colorado. 2002 August. VIEW
DMB1 1 Blue Mesa Dam and outlet works, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Blue Mesa Dam and outlet works on the Gunnison River in the drought of 2002.
DMB1 1 Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River in the drought of 2002. About 285,000 ac-ft stored in a total capacity of 830,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Boyd Lake near Loveland, Colorado. 2002 November. VIEW
Boyd Lake near Loveland in the drought of 2002. About 6,000 ac-ft stored in a total capacity of 50,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Dillon Reservoir on the Blue River in Colorado. 2002 August. VIEW
Dillon Reservoir in the drought of 2002. 150,000 ac-ft in storage of 250,000 ac-ft capacity.
DMB1 1 Marina on Dillon Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 August. VIEW
Dust blows across Frisco Bay Marina on Dillon Reservoir on the Blue River in the drought of 2002. 150,000 ac-ft in storage of 250,000 ac-ft capacity.
DMB1 1 Lake Granby Dam and Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Lake Granby on the Colorado River in the drought of 2002. About 100,000 ac-ft stored in a capacity of 466,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Lake Granby Marina, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Lake Granby Marina on the Colorado River in the drought of 2002. About 100,000 ac-ft stored in a capacity of 466,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Green Mountain Reservoir on the Blue River in Colorado. 2002 August. VIEW
Green Mountain Reservoir in Colorado in the drought of 2002. About 40,000 ac-ft in storage of 140,000 ac-ft capacity.
DMB1 1 Gross Dam and Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 November. VIEW
Gross Dam and Reservoir on South Boulder Creek in the drought of 2002. About 16,000 ac-ft stored in a capacity of 42,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Gunnison River above Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
The Gunnison River above Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado, in the drought of 2002. About 100 cfs, normal at this time about 600 cfs.
DMB1 1 John Martin Dam and Reservoir on Arkansas River, Colorado. 2002 November. VIEW
John Martin Reservoir on the Arkansas River in Colorado in the drought of 2002. About 24,000 ac-ft stored in a capacity of 335,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Pueblo Dam and Reservoir on the Arkansas River, Colorado. 2002 November. VIEW
Pueblo Dam and Reservoir on the Arkansas River in Colorado in the drought of 2002. About 74,000 ac-ft stored in a capacity of 237,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Ridgway Reservoir, Uncompahgre River, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Ridgway Reservoir on the Uncompahgre River in the drought of 2002. About 54,000 ac-ft in storage in a capacity of 83,000 ac-ft.
DMB1 1 Rio Grande at South Fork, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Rio Grande at South Fork, Colorado, in the drought of 2002. About 100 cfs, normal flow about 500 cfs.
DMB1 1 San Juan River, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
San Juan River about eight miles east of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in the drought of 2002.
DMB1 1 South Platte River near Brighton, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
DMB1 1 Spinney Mountain Dam and Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 November. VIEW
Spinney Mountain Dam and Reservoir on the South Platte River in the drought of 2002.
DMB1 1 Uncompahgre River, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Uncompahgre River above Ridgway Reservoir, Colorado, in the drought of 2002.
DMB1 1 Vallecito burn area at Vallecito Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Burn area at Vallecito Reservoir in the drought of 2002. Many wildfires occurred in the drought of 2002.
DMB1 1 Vallecito Creek above Vallecito Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
DMB1 1 Vallecito Reservoir, Colorado. 2002 September. VIEW
Vallecito Reservoir on Vallecito Creek in the drought of 2002. About 19,000 ac-ft stored in a total capacity of 126,000 ac-ft.


Series 2: Slides, 1992-2011 and undated (2 linear feet)

This series consists of nearly 1,500 slides taken by Bill Green across the western United States. The main location is Colorado, with other locations including California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Green visited many national parks, forests, grasslands, and wilderness areas, and his photographs include water features, mountains, canyons, and wildlife. Some towns are included as well. Most of the slides were numbered and labeled by Green and remain in that order. A few of the numbers are not continuous. Beginning at 3000 (Box 5), slide numbers were assigned to unlabeled slides in chronological order.
Box Folder
1 Numbers 1000-1299. 1992-1995, undated. 1000-1049 1050-1099 1100-1157 1158-1209 1210-1257 1258-1299
Colorado.
2 Numbers 1300-1592. undated. Colo., 1300-1355 Colo., 1356-1414 Utah, 1415-1474 Calif., 1475-1532 Calif., 1533-1592
Colorado, Utah, California.
3 Numbers 1593-1892. undated. Calif., N.M., Wyo., 1593-1644 Ariz., Nev., Calif., 1645-1715 Utah, Ariz., Colo., 1716-1765 Colo.,Wyo., 1766-1817 Colo., 1818-1878 Wyo., Colo., 1879-1892
California, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado.
4 Numbers 1893-2114. 2003, undated. Colo., 1893-1946 Colo., 1947-1994 Colo., 1995-2069 Colo., Utah, Nev., 2070-2114
Colorado, Utah, Nevada.
5 Numbers 3000-3374. 2008-2011. 3000-3078 3079-3139 3140-3201 3202-3271 3272-3326 3327-3374
Colorado.