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Sierra Club: Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club began in California as a hiking club. It is now one of America's most influential environmental organizations with over 700,000 members.

David Brower (1912 – 2000): As executive director of the Sierra Club, he worked closely with Eliot Porter and others to create and publish photographic books. These books raised support for preserving natural environments across the world.

Artistic photography: Photography that emphasizes beauty and creativity.

Bureau of Reclamation: Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it has constructed across the American West. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted economic development. Today, the bureau is the largest wholesaler of water in the country.

Hydroelectric power: Electricity made by the power of flowing water. Hydroelectric power drives pumps that irrigate lands at higher elevations. Surplus power is sold to power-distribution systems.

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