The Platte River is a major watershed in the heart of the Great Plains. The Platte waters crops and cattle, hosts resident and migrant wildlife, supplies thirsty cities, fuels power generators, and delights fishermen and boaters.

These are stories of our most precious resource: water

Where does your water come from?

Follow conservation photographer Michael Forsberg and field producer Pete Stegen as they begin a two-month, 1000 mile traverse of the Platte River Basin. Traveling by bike, foot and canoe through Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, they will explore this critical water source, and show you how it intersects with the lives of those that live in this 90,000 square mile watershed in the heart of North America.


40+ cameras take photographs every daylight hour of every day.

These photographs help us see a watershed through time.

1,000,000 time-lapse images and counting.

Phocalstream allows users to search through PBT's entire archive of time-lapse images.

We all live in a watershed, a region defined by water. This unifies us more than we may realize. This series, a collaboration between Platte Basin Timelapse and NET Radio’s Humanities Desk, looks closely at how water shapes our landscapes and lives on the Great Plains through the voices of people who live here.

Explore our educational multimedia story series featuring STEM-based curricula tied to standards along with engaging photographs, videos, infographics and interactive games.