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  • Save The Colorado
    SOURCE TO SEA SHOP Tweets about CoRiver home the river threats map donate about news blog campaigns source to sea shop contact Follow Save the Colorado on 2010 Save the

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  • Donate | Save the Colorado
    Please donate online Or send a check to Save The Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 Contact Gary Wockner Executive Director 970 218 8310 Please make the check out to Save The Colorado and include your mailing address on the check Save The Colorado is a 501 c 3 non profit corporation For your tax purposes our I R S determination letter and number is posted here A

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  • Save The Colorado - River
    grocery stores and restaurants across the United States Using this water for agriculture creates vast amounts of food but also creates many ecological and public health problems The rivers water is used and reused so many times that by the time it reaches the U S Mexico border it contains high levels of salt selenium and other minerals that have leached out from the soils of agricultural lands across the basin At the very southern tip of the basin farmers have installed miles of underground drains to help leach away harmful minerals Because of this water pollution and because of the increasing demand for water farmers throughout the Southwest are being encouraged to practice water conservation and efficiency which could ultimately be the biggest source of new water available for cities The Colorado River doesn t just flow through the Southwest ecosystems it creates them Water flowing in the Colorado River provides habitat for moose trout and river otters in Rocky Mountain National Park As the river flows downstream and into the arid Southwest it is one of the only sources of water within hundreds of miles for wildlife of all types Four federally listed endangered species of fish still cling to existence in the river its water and wetlands provide habitat for migrating birds from the top of the basin all the way to the bottom and bighorn sheep elk mule deer bear and mountain lion prowl its banks all along its 1 450 mile journey When dams reservoirs and diversions drain the river they also drain and destroy the ecosystem in and around the river Fish are endangered due to dam construction Wetlands are threatened because the river no longer fills them Wildlife is threatened because their habitat and food source no longer exists Human use of the water competes with the necessary role that the water plays in the life of fish and wildlife in the entire ecosystem When we take water out of the river we take it from other life forms that were using it and that life form is sometimes destroyed because of us Protecting the Colorado River will help protect the Southwest United States and the biological diversity its wild ecosystems contain From Fort Collins Colorado to Tucson Arizona the Colorado River provides water for human populations in the Southwest U S Overall about 30 million people depend on the River and its tributaries for drinking showering washing clothes watering lawns and filling swimming pools Businesses up and down the basin including breweries refineries clothing makers and thousands more also depend on Colorado River water to make products and help create a profit The River s water is tunneled thorugh mountain ranges channeled through deserts and piped hundreds of miles from its origin to meet human demands and spin turbines to generate power Water conservation is one of the biggest challenges facing cities in the Colorado River basin Much of the River s water is used haphazardly growing bluegrass in the desert wasted

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  • Save The Colorado - Threats
    River basin states This new population growth will all require new and more water and place even more demand on the Colorado River and its tributaries Due to population growth demand for water in the Colorado River basin has already outstripped supply this trend is expected to continue in the future as water supplies decrease due to drought and climate change and population increases Water is taken out of the Colorado River through a phenomenal network of dams reservoirs and diversions Over 100 dams have been built on the Colorado River and its tributaries for flood control to create hydroelectricity to store agricultural and municipal water and to harness the river s widely varying flows to generate a steady water supply for people and crops Despite the widespread benefits of dams and reservoirs over allocation and drought have placed significant stress on storage The water levels of the river s two largest reservoirs Mead and Powell stored behindy Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams have dropped significantly in recent years Although dams and reservoirs provide enormous benefits for human populations they are also threats to water supplies over 10 of the flow in the Colorado River evaporates every year in reservoirs along its path The Colorado River is often called one of the most controlled and plumbed rivers on the planet In addition more plumbing and dams and diversions are planned especially in the upper basin in Colorado Currently multiple projects are being proposed along the Front Range of Colorado that would remove over 300 000 acre feet of new water from the Colorado River and its tributaries all of this would be removed even before the river reaches Lakes Powell and Mead Currently more water is requested from the river than the river can provide and thus the river has been drained dry for the last decade before it reaches the Sea of Cortez The Colorado River was originally home to an array of plant and animal species naturally fitted to its environment Due to the actions of humans some of these species are endangered and on the brink of extinction The Colorado pikeminnow razorback sucker humpback chub and bonytail are endangered fish species that once thrived in the Colorado River system These fish are endangered because of two types of habitat alterations water developments dams reservoirs diversions and introductions of non native fish Over a hundred of dams diversions and other barriers have been constructed river flows have been cut by a third or more and in some places the river is completely dried up and more than 40 species of non native fish have been introduced in the upper Colorado River basin A huge coalition of agencies and organizations came together in 1988 to recover endangered Colorado River basin fish Those coalitions have spent over 200 million trying to save and recover the endangered fish with limited success so far none of the fish have yet been removed from the federal Endangered Species list Protecting endangered species in

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  • Save The Colorado - Map
    Park all the way to the Sea of Cortez Included on the map are discussions of water conservation land ownership the outflows of water imperiled species human population growth and dams The map is 26 x 34 full color on both sides It depicts all the large dams on the river as well as the amount of water that evaporates from those dams The map graphically and visually highlights the

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  • About Save The Colorado | Save the Colorado
    Collins CO and has played an increasing role around Colorado River protection throughout the Southwest U S In 2010 Gary co founded and launched the Save The Colorado River Campaign with New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins makers of Fat Tire Beer With financial support from New Belgium Patagonia and Clif Bar from 2010 2014 Save The Colorado was a small philanthropy that donated funds to non profit environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin Due to its success in 2015 Save The Colorado spun off to be a free standing 501 c 3 with the mission above Gary is an award winning environmental activist and writer he has been named a River Hero an Eco Rockstar Impacting the Planet and a Renowned Environmental Leader by environmental publications Contact Gary at SaveTheColorado dot org Phone 970 218 8310 Boardmembers Mark Easter is a plant ecologist who works at Colorado State University developing greenhouse gas inventory methods for land use forestry and agriculture Mark is an avid backpacker back country skier reader fisherman and kayaker He values wild rivers and wild places good government and healthy functioning ecosystems He is committed to wild rivers and wild places and their protection Mark lives near the Cache la Poudre River in Laramie County Colorado McCrystie Adams is a senior staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife Her litigation and legal advocacy involves endangered species and public lands especially issues concerning endangered fish and western water as well as wolves Mexican spotted owls and other imperiled species Before joining Defenders of Wildlife McCrystie served as an attorney at Earthjustice for over 10 years Prior to attending law school McCrystie began her career in conservation as a staff member at the Predator Conservation Alliance in Bozeman Montana McCrystie earned a B A in history from Williams

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  • Save the Colorado | Just another WordPress site
    2015 we told everybody Not On Our Watch We ve intervened in the legal process for two projects in Colorado and one in Utah and we are watching proposed projects in Wyoming and New Mexico like a dog staring into a butcher shop That s right Not On Our Watch Our team of scientists and attorneys is working hard and keeping track of every nuance of the permitting processes Due in part to our intense bird dogging all of the projects have so far been delayed into 2016 and we are poised to take legal action should a project receive a permit 2 We fought the Colorado Water Plan process and made some headway against the dam builders The state of Colorado is very important to the Colorado River because more than half of all of the flow in the river starts as rain and snow in the mountains of Colorado So what happens in Colorado does not stay in Colorado The end product was a draw we pushed hard for a lot of conservation to be in the plan and our opponents pushed hard for more storage in the plan In 2016 we ll continue fighting for saner water policies in the state of Colorado 3 We made climate change a big part of our work because it is one of the biggest threats to the Colorado River We have pushed the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers to study climate change on the river and to study how methane emissions from dams and reservoirs make climate change worse Scientists predict that climate change could decrease flows in the river by up to 30 we will continue to badger the federal permitting agencies that they have to take climate change seriously 4 We joined the fight to create the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument We joined a coalition of dozens of groups and organizations to push for the monument which among other things would ban uranium mining near the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 5 We helped host the International Waterkeeper conference in Boulder Colorado In June of 2015 nearly 300 water advocates from across the globe convened in Boulder Save The Colorado was right in the middle of it sharing the story of the river and its challenges to the international activists Highlights of the conference were amazing speeches by Robert F Kennedy Jr and Tim deChristopher 6 We helped promote Dan Beard s new book Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau or Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam Dan who is the former Commissioner of the U S Bureau of Reclamation appointed by President Clinton is one of the most compelling voices in the river protection movement today We are delighted to help promote his book and ideas We also increased our connections to the amazing team of filmmakers at DamNation Movie together we are all working to fight new proposed dams and tear down some old ones in the Colorado River basin 7 We made new friends and connections in Southern California In June of 2015 we went on a tour of Southern California water agencies We met with the Imperial Irrigation District Metropolitan Water District Coachella Valley Water District San Diego County Water District and Colorado River Board of California The highlight of the trip was visiting with Director and Board of the Imperial Irrigation District which is the single biggest diverter of Colorado River water in the whole system After lots of interesting discussion we reached a point of agreement the more water that flows to the end of the river the better Yes environmentalists and farmers can reach an agreement it was a great conversation 8 We joined the Keep It In The Ground coalition The mining of fossil fuels is one of the big polluters in the Colorado River basin and the mining and burning of these fossil fuels is making climate change worse We are super excited to join this massive coalition to stop fossil fuel extraction on the public lands of the American West which completely surround the Colorado River 9 We pushed everywhere continually for more conservation conservation conservation We have pushed city governments state governments the federal government water agencies dam builders farmers an unbelievable amount of Colorado River water is wasted every year and conservation is the fastest easiest cheapest way for everyone to get more water 10 Finally in 2015 we reached out to you dozens of times to ask for your help and you responded You sent over 2 000 emails to state and federal decision makers you joined us in public meetings to fight dams you provided lots of input into our work you followed us by the thousands on Facebook 45 000 fans you followed us on twitter and you JOINED SAVE THE COLORADO as members If you haven t yet joined all you have to do is make a donation PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK and you re in Finally we leave you with the most popular photo of the year from our Facebook page below Thank you for all of your amazing support stay tuned for more river saving action in 2016 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Posted on December 2 2015 by admin For Immediate Release Dec 2 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Zach Frankel Utah Rivers Council 801 699 1856 Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion 2 Billion Pipeline Being Proposed for America s Most Wasteful Water Users Colorado River USA The State of Utah submitted its application today to the federal government for approval of the largest new diversion of water from the Colorado River The proposed Lake Powell Pipeline would divert 86 000 acre feet of Colorado River water for municipal use in Southwest Utah The multi billion dollar pipeline would pump this water 2 000 feet uphill across 140 miles of desert to deliver the equivalent annual water usage of 700 000 average Americans to just 180 000 people in St George Utah This water use inequity can be explained by the extremely high water use of St George residents who are using 294 gallons per capita day roughly twice the water use of Phoenix Albuquerque and Denver residents per person The proponent of the pipeline the Utah Division of Water Resources has spent 8 years and 27 million on the application and claims the pipeline is needed to prevent St George from running out of water Critics are lining up to question this claim The Lake Powell Pipeline is an unnecessary and grotesquely expensive waste of taxpayer money said former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Dan Beard Southwest Utah has hundreds of alternatives for addressing their future water problems and the justification for the pipeline is based on fictitious and bloated water consumption figures that even the experts at the Utah Legislature dispute The Lake Powell Pipeline is a complete nightmare said Zach Frankel Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council The biggest proposed diversion of the Colorado River during an epic drought going to the nation s most wasteful water users with a staggering price tag just to keep communities outside Utah from using this water The Lake Powell Pipeline is a billion dollar boondoggle that would have disastrous environmental impacts on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner Executive Director of Save the Colorado The Colorado is already stretched to the breaking point water supplies are at the brink in Las Vegas Arizona and Southern California Taking more water out of this river is completely nonsensical Located immediately upstream of the Grand Canyon the diversion would reduce flows available for fish and wildlife species over hundreds of miles of the Colorado River and make restoration efforts at the Colorado Delta much more difficult It would also impact the millions of residents throughout the Southwest who are much more conscientious with their water use The pipeline is unfortunate and incredibly irresponsible considering drought conditions across the West for Utah to spend billions of dollars to deliver Colorado River water to America s most wasteful water users said Pete Nichols National Director for the Waterkeeper Alliance The would be recipients of pipeline water have some of the cheapest water rates in the nation paying only a small fraction of the price for water that Los Angeles residents pay These cheap rates explain why St George has some of the highest per person water use in the entire U S Adjusted for inflation the Lake Powell Pipeline will cost as much as it did to make Hoover Dam operational said John Weisheit Executive Director of Living Rivers the Colorado Riverkeeper In 1934 there was about 8 million acre feet of surplus in the Colorado River basin That surplus vanished in 2003 Critics also point to the inflation of water use data by the Division of Water Resources as one of many reasons why the pipeline isn t necessary as well as the many inexpensive alternatives which are being ignored These alternatives are documented in a May 2015 Legislative Audit which found that water conservation is not being implemented as aggressively as many other western cities including Las Vegas For example while California is trying to reduce water use by 25 this year Utah is trying to reduce municipal water use by just 1 even though Utah residents are America s biggest users of municipal water per person according to the U S G S The Division is submitting their application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC and the decision making process is anticipated to take several years The LPP proposal should be immediately withdrawn If not FERC should kill the project said Beard Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Posted on November 24 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River First your voice made a difference A few weeks ago we asked you to send emails to the U S Army Corps of Engineers asking them to study climate change in their analyses of proposed dam projects in Colorado Over 750 of you sent those emails and the Army Corps responded by saying they are delaying the permit decisions on those two projects until 2016 see our press release here As we ve discussed several times in these blog posts the Colorado River is already severely drained and depleted and so it makes no sense to be draining even more water out of it at the top of the basin We are happy that the Army Corps has delayed the permit decision on these projects and while we remain hopeful that the Army Corps will deny the permits we stand ready to fight the permits if the projects are approved The two projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project would take an additional 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River further threatening the ecological health of the river and the species that depend on it for survival Thank you for speaking out we will remain vigilant Second we are going to need your voice again in the near future The State of Utah has indicated that they will be formally launching the permitting process for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline This pipeline would be a massive boondoggle to drain more water 90 000 acre feet out of the Colorado River near Lake Powell and pipe it over to Southwest Utah to fuel and subsidize exponential population growth Working with our environmental colleagues in Utah we are going to tackle this fight head on throughout the permitting process A scientific study by Western Resource Advocates proved that the project was unnecessary read it here and an economic study done by university economists in Utah indicated that the project would basically bankrupt the county that is proposing the pipeline by raising water rates astronomically read it here We remain committed to fighting this project and we will let you know when it s the right time to send emails phone calls and letters to the federal government in the coming months Third some mixed news in Colorado Over the past year 1 750 of you sent emails to the State of Colorado urging them to focus on water conservation and river protection as they drafted the Colorado Water Plan Just last week the water plan was delivered to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper and it contains some good news and some bad news I wrote a column titled Colorado Water Plan A Missed Opportunity which has appeared in several newspapers in Colorado The Colorado Water Plan does indeed focus on water conservation and it has some OK ideas in it about river protection But it also contains plans for 400 000 acre feet of new storage which essentially means more dams diversions and reservoirs So we made some progress in this endeavor but we are going to have to remain vigilant in the future We are deeply committed to stopping new dams and diversions and to protecting the Colorado River and its tributaries in Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico Speaking of New Mexico some bad news there Yesterday the U S Dept of Interior decided to move forward with permitting studies for the proposed Gila River Diversion which would take a new 12 000 acre feet of water out of the Gila River in New Mexico read the news story here Despite a massive outcry from local river advocates in New Mexico and despite getting 2 500 emails from you folks on this email list the federal government is moving forward with this zombie water project anyway The permitting process can take years and we offer our support to the local groups in New Mexico that are fighting the project Once again the federal government dropped the ball and is considering this river draining project when they should have focused on water conservation and efficiency We will keep you informed about when to weigh in with phone calls emails and letters as the permitting process moves forward What will El Nino do to Southern Calfornia and the Colorado River Forecasters predict that this El Nino will be the strongest in recorded history and may drench Southern California through the winter and spring of 2015 and 2016 Take a look at this Los Angeles Times story Massive El Nino gains strength may drench key California drought zone If the El Nino also drops a lot of snow on the Rocky Mountains in Utah Colorado and Wyoming it may fundamentally change the drought situation throughout the Colorado River system and the Southwest U S Scientists also believe that the massive El Nino has been made worse by climate change and may wreak havoc across the globe bringing droughts and floods to different areas of the planet We will keep you informed about how the El Nino progresses so that our programs to protect and restore the Colorado River are pertinent and timely in 2016 and beyond Finally did you know that wild turkeys are native species to much of the Colorado River ecosystem and when a group of turkeys get together it is called a rafter Enjoy your Thanksgiving Stay tuned for more news you can use and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado Water Plan a Missed Opportunity Posted on November 19 2015 by admin Media Statement Nov 19 2015 Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner 970 218 8310 The Colorado Water Plan has been a missed opportunity Instead of focusing on changing the system to be more sustainable using conservation growth management and sharing water with farmers the Plan also proposes to further drain and destroy the already degraded rivers of Colorado and even across state lines In the climate changed world we increasingly face Colorado needs systemic change in its water policies to ensure river protection as well as water supplies for people Our organization is committed to fighting to stop new dams and diversions and to protecting the rivers of Colorado for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that rely on rivers for their survival Gary Wockner Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado 970 218 8310 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Posted on November 6 2015 by admin For Immediate Release November 6 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Denver CO Today the U S Army Corps of Engineers again delayed its Record of Decision for Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project an extremely controversial scheme to further drain the Upper Colorado River massively expand a dam in Boulder County Colorado and send more water to the sprawling Denver suburbs The notice is on the Corps website here http www nwo usace army mil Missions RegulatoryProgram Colorado EISMoffat aspx The new date for the decision is 2016 which was just changed from Fall of 2015 Over the last few months Save The Colorado has been intensely bird dogging the project Over 700 Save The Colorado supporters sent emails to the Corps demanding that the Corps consider climate change in the permitting process which the Corps so far has not Further Save The Colorado sent a detailed technical analysis to the Corps pointing out that Denver Water doesn t even need more water In fact as Denver s population has increased their total water use has actually decreased This river destroying scheme is unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado of the 350 million project Denver Water doesn t even need the water and the Corps has not considered climate change in its analysis Save The Colorado analysis sent to the Corps

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  • Campaigns | Save the Colorado
    Colorado is working with partner organizations throughout the basin to ensure that these studies contain policies that include scientific analyses of climate change adequate streamflows to protect wildlife and habitat economic impacts to the recreational and tourism economy and aggressive water conservation measures We support alternatives to new dams and diversions that protect and restore rivers those alternatives include water conservation and efficiency water recycling and reuse growth management and water sharing agreements with farmers We are actively promoting water conservation and efficiency in all states and cities across the basin especially in Colorado Utah and Southern California 3 Fighting and Adapting to Climate Change Climate change is real happening right now and will get worse Climate change has and will decrease snowfall and river flow in the Southwest U S and further imperil water supplies for people and the health of the river and it s non human species Dirty energy projects that are causing climate change including tar sands oil shale fracking and coal mining are running rampant throughout the Southwest U S especially in Wyoming Utah Colorado and New Mexico Save The Colorado opposes dirty energy projects and supports transitioning our economy to a renewable carbon free system as soon as possible In addition Save The Colorado realizes that climate change will get worse requiring that we also support adaptation strategies that protect the river and the non human environment as well as water supplies for people Save The Colorado is a key steering committee member of Colorado River Connected which is addressing dirty energy project in Utah and other areas of the Colorado River basin 4 Supporting river and fish species restoration Throughout the Colorado River basin myriad opportunities exist to work towards restoring the rivers and their habitat as well as the endangered fish species

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