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  • Colorado River Update! L.A., Grand Canyon, Colorado, and New Mexico! | Save the Colorado
    You can click through here to send an email to President Obama The Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would help protect the area around Grand Canyon National Park from logging and mining especially from dangerous uranium mining that threatens to pollute the Park and the Colorado River Please click through to take action and stay tuned for more information on this issue in the coming months COLORADO TAKE ACTION The Colorado Water Plan is still moving forward and still moving in the wrong direction Governor John Hickenlooper has yet to say much about the plan but his staff member in charge of the plan James Eklund has been saying many of the wrong things arguing for billions of dollars of new dam projects and a statewide tax to pay for it The Colorado Water Plan process will continue to escalate throughout 2015 with a final plan being signed by the Governor in December Because over half of all of the water in the Colorado River falls in Colorado in the form of snow and then melts to create the river the Colorado Water Plan is very important for the entire Southwest U S This plan MUST NOT support new dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River Once again you can click through here to send an email to Governor Hickenlooper Yesterday some young kids from Nuestro Rio visited with Governor Hickenlooper and gave him a cool new trout tie Let s encourage the Governor to do right by trout and people by protecting and restoring the Colorado River NEW MEXICO WHAT S GOING ON Last week New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appointed a new person to be the director of the Interstate Stream Commission Unfortunately this person was a vice president for a big engineering company that

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  • Gila River Diversion: Conflict of interest in New Mexico? | Save the Colorado
    the State Commission in the past 3 years Now Governor Martinez has appointed the Vice President of Bohannon Huston to be the new Director of New Mexico s Interstate Stream Commission Read the story here on KRWG TV s website Martinez Appoints New Leader For New Mexico Commission Overseeing Possible Gila Diversion The State of New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission had these past contracts with Bohannon Huston Inc for work in the Gila AWSA is the Gila River Diversion 5 14 2012 Bohannon Huston Inc Review with ISC staff the project objectives requirements and design criteria as available Assist the ISC staff in crafting draft scopes of work for engineering assessments of the 16 projects selected by the ISC for further assessment for funding under the 2004 AWSA GR 12 1 9714 8 440 1 15 2013 Bohannon Huston Inc Grant County effluent reuse and reservoir and City of Bayard effluent reuse GR 13 1 10576 67 908 5 7 2013 Bohannon Huston Inc Gila Engineering Services GR 13 2 11041 260 686 9 4 2013 Bohannon Huston Inc Grant County effluent reuse and reservoir and City of Bayard effluent reuse GR 13 1 11638 18 990 5 12 2014 Bohannon Huston Inc Phase II Engineering Evaluation of the 2004 AWSA Diversion and storage proposals GR 14 1 12596 698 527 TOTAL 1 054 551 What s going on in New Mexico ask Gary Wockner E D of the Save The Colorado River Campaign Is it a conflict of interest for Governor Martinez to appoint an executive of a state contractor to an important post which funds and oversees those contracts The Gila River in New Mexico is one of the last free flowing tributaries in the Colorado River basin end This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Will Colorado’s Water Plan Destroy Our Rivers? | Save the Colorado
    Plan failed to include and accept input from grassroots advocacy organizations A long standing river protection group Save The Poudre was not allowed to sit on the South Platte Roundtable and the input from 18 conservation organizations was almost completely ignored The Draft Plan discusses and supports the idea of a lot more river destruction schemes such as dams reservoirs diversions and pipelines The Draft Plan also points to the South Platte Basin Implementation Plan which specifically endorses every proposed river destruction scheme on the table including the extremely controversial Northern Integrated Supply Project Windy Gap Firming Project and Moffat Project and a conceptual review for another major trans mountain diversion from the Colorado River system such as the Flaming Gorge Pipeline The Draft Plan proposes to enact sweeping new power and authority for the State of Colorado through the Colorado Water Conservation Board Interbasin Compact Committee and Legislature to streamline and potentially gut regulations and to lobby for and fund new dam and river destruction projects The Draft Plan gives lip service to healthy rivers for wildlife and recreation but fails to lay out goals or specific strategies to achieve it We have serious concerns about the process and product of this Draft Colorado Water Plan said Gary Wockner director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Colorado s rivers are already severely depleted and oversubscribed and this Draft Plan would make them all worse Governor Hickenlooper needs to change course and focus on collaborative solutions that do not pit stakeholders against each other and would not launch multi decade court battles and water wars over dam and river destruction projects Those collaborative solutions include significantly larger investments in water conservation and efficiency water reuse and recycling better growth management and water sharing agreements

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    a billion dollar water project It s like these states are engaging in Mutually Assured Destruction MAD where every stakeholder is fighting to get the last river destroying drops of water out of the system Save The Colorado oppose all new projects that want to take more water out of the Colorado River What can you do to help Two things 1 May 1st is the deadline to send in comments opposing the State of Colorado s Water Plan This plan proposes a massive number of new dams and water projects across the state costing billions of dollars Please click through here to send an email to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper 2 Join Save The Colorado By joining our organization you help us get legal standing to fight these bad water projects all across the Colorado River basin And when you join we send you a t shirt Click here to join and get a t shirt Thank you for your attention and support Stay tuned for more action Posted in Uncategorized April 1st Press Release Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Want NO More Dams Posted on April 1 2015 by admin For Immediate Release April 1 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Switch Positions Call For No New Dams or Diversions and For Healthy River Flows Colorado River USA Today in a joint statement the governors in the Upper Colorado River basin switched their long held positions and plans and called for no new dams or diversions on the Colorado River and its tributaries in order to ensure healthy river flows The statement comes on the heels of an extended 15 year drought in the Colorado River basin including the worst drought in history in California and also in response to NASA scientists whose recent report warned of a MEGADROUGHT due to climate change in the Southwest U S Each governor issued a similar statement There will be NO new dams and diversions in my state Our rivers should be healthy and run as freely as possible We re excited to see these governors change their positions and face the reality of drought and climate change throughout the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign These Upper Basin states were on track to spend tens of billions of dollars or more of taxpayer dollars to build hundreds of new river destroying projects The new approach by these forward thinking Western leaders will protect the river and water supplies for future generations of people and hundreds of species of fish birds and animals The statement from the governors represents a dramatic change in their positions Over the last 12 months the biggest threat to the Colorado River has come from the upstream states Utah Colorado Wyoming and New Mexico with their proposals and plans to take even more water out of the river Specifically in recent water planning processes Colorado proposed 20 billion worth of dam and reservoir projects Utah proposed at least 15 billion Wyoming proposed 10 dams in 10 years and New Mexico endorsed a billion dollar water project Most of these proposed projects would take additional water out of the Colorado River before it gets to Lakes Powell and Mead Water levels in both lakes are at historic lows and dropping with no end in sight Previous statements made by water officials in these states made it seem like the basin was heading for a fight over water in the Colorado River Colorado s lead water official recently said If anybody thought we were going to roll over and say OK California you re in a really bad drought you get to use the water that we were going to use they re mistaken And the lead water official in Utah recently stated It s necessary to put dams on all rivers in Utah April 1 st 2015 APRIL FOOLS DAY will be seen as a historic turning point in water management across the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner The vision leadership and stewardship of these governors will be seen as a beacon of hope to establish a clear priority to ensure rivers are healthy and flowing for individuals and communities in the West for generations to come The four governors issuing the statement are John Hickenlooper from Colorado Matt Mead from Wyoming Gary Herbert from Utah and Susana Martinez from New Mexico end APRIL FOOLS Posted in Uncategorized The California Drought Apocalypse Now Posted on March 23 2015 by admin Happy Monday Friends of the Colorado River About a year ago I was speaking on a panel of water professionals in Palm Springs California at an event put on by the Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun The keynote speaker for the event was U S Senator Barbara Boxer and so there was a pretty big crowd with lots local VIPS in attendance When I was interviewed by the local TV station I said If it becomes a 2 year or 3 year drought and the supply of water coming from the Colorado River gets cut back then it will become gut time Well now California has just entered into its 4th year of drought and it s gut time Last week Governor Brown moved forward with his second billion dollar drought relief plan Southern California is calling for big cutbacks in water use and is buying water from farmers in northern California And many cities across the state are enacting stronger water conservation plans One of the people on the panel with me was Jay Famiglietti a scientist at UC Irvine who is also with NASA Jay has made big news the last few years by using satellites to measure groundwater across California and the Southwest U S He s also been one of leading voices in the media warning California about this drought At the same time that Californian s have sucked their reservoirs nearly dry they ve also pumped massive amounts of water out of the ground Further across the Colorado River basin over the past 15 years the water in Lake s Powell and Mead has dropped by 25 million acre feet and the amount of water pumped out of the ground that has also not been replenished has been about 25 million acre feet Last week Jay had an op ed in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water stored Will you ration now To state this pointedly We ve tapped the surface rivers and reservoirs and the groundwater across California and the Southwest U S to lower levels than at anytime in history And there s likely no way this water can ever be replenished So what can we do about it The first thing we cannot do is drain and divert even more water out of the Colorado River which provides water to the entire Southwest U S and Southern California That s why our organization has taken a strong interest and stance in the Colorado Water Plan and the actions of the person who is writing the plan James Eklund Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board Unfortunately Eklund s plan is proposing to take a massive amount of new water out of the Colorado River at the very top of the basin in the state of Colorado thus ensuring even more dire circumstances for the river and folks downstream in Arizona Nevada and southern California Further Eklund has been saying False Information about the plan which I pointed out in this rebuttal to one of his newspaper columns So what can we do right now help send a message 1 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to Jay Famiglietti letting him know we appreciate his work and his speaking out about this issue He s combining good science with sound ethics studying a problem and speaking out about it Jay needs to be supported in his work 2 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to James Eklund respectfully letting him know we are disappointed in his work so far The Colorado Water Plan needs to focus on conservation efficiency recycling and water sharing agreements with farmers not new diversions of water out of the Colorado River 2015 is so far looking like a dry year in the Colorado River basin stay tuned for more news and updates And thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan Posted on March 12 2015 by admin James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan by Gary Wockner March 12 2015 reprinted from the Washington Park Profile The Colorado Water Plan is an important process and document for all Coloradans to pay attention to Unfortunately James Eklund in charge of the plan and director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board WCB appointed by Governor Hickenlooper has made several serious false statements about the process and the current draft of the plan in his column in the March 2015 Washington Park Profile First Eklund states that the process that created the draft of the Colorado Water Plan was grassroots when nothing could be further from the truth The truth is that the people who created the plan are self appointed and purposely kept opposing anti dam and anti river destruction voices from participating in the effort A river conservation group I represent was purposely excluded from the South Platte Roundtable which wrote the plan for our basin and a coalition that I formed which included 18 national regional and local environmental groups which oppose new dams and diversions had absolutely no ZERO representation on any of the state s roundtables which wrote the plan Second Eklund states that the draft of the plan represents consensus of everyone who wrote it when again nothing could be further from the truth The plan is a compilation not consensus Eklund and the WCB combined all the regional basin plans together and put them in the draft statewide plan when not only is there no consensus about the final product but those regional basin plans are in dramatic disagreement Third and following from above Mr Eklund says there was agreement from water interests statewide So Not True For example the basin plan from the South Platte and Denver Metro areas calls for dramatic new large dams and diversions from the state s rivers including the Colorado River while the West Slope basin plan calls for no new or only very small diversions Further yet the 18 conservation groups noted above and representing over 100 000 members in Colorado put public comments in a letter and a video calling for no new diversions at all but our comments were completely ignored in the draft plan Fourth Eklund insinuates the 13 000 public comments he received about the plan agree with what s in the plan draft Again not true About 12 500 of those comments came from members of the state s many conservation groups who called for no new or only limited new dams and diversions on the state s rivers and a much greater focus on higher levels of urban conservation recycling water and protecting our rivers Mr Eklund has been fond of saying the process has been the biggest public input effort in the state s history but he completely neglects to say that roughly 90 percent of that input came from conservation minded citizens whose views are not represented by what s in the draft plan Finally Eklund says everyone has agreed to accelerate dam diversion projects and shorten the federal regulatory process Completely untrue Thousands of public comments said nothing of or agreed to no such thing Further the federal regulatory process was enacted in the 1960s and 70s to ensure the public trust and the protection of America s natural resources for past present and future generations Nothing is more important than making sure America s environmental laws which are some of the best of any country on Earth including the Clean Water Act National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act are adhered to as a fundamental bedrock of our democracy and responsibility to all the human and non human creatures we share this amazing state with now and in the future This democratic and environmental protection process should never be accelerated to fast track river destruction in Colorado The thousands of members of organizations I represent appreciate Mr Eklund s service to our state on the Colorado Water Plan and we are happy to continue working with him as this plan develops throughout 2015 However we would also appreciate and will make sure that Eklund is accurate in how he represents the process and the plan so that the public s trust is ensured as this important effort moves forward Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Gary SavetheColorado org Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Drought Dams Pipelines Paddleboards and Climate Action Plans Posted on March 12 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Drought dams pipelines paddleboard races and climate action plans Save The Colorado keeps track of it all And we re right in the middle of the action What are the Top Seven Stories this week and what are we doing about it Here s a rundown 1 Can climate action plans stop megadrought and save the Colorado River Climate change may be the 1 threat to the Colorado River in fact December through February was the warmest on record for the Southwest U S but what are cities across the Southwest U S doing about it Check out my recent post in Ecowatch here where I summarize the city climate action plans across the basin Here s the good news San Diego and Fort Collins have both committed to 100 renewable energy and a few other cities have committed to 80 reductions in carbon emissions Save The Colorado tracks and supports climate action plans as one of our programmatic activities 2 California is in its 4th year of drought and water managers are starting to plan for worst case scenarios The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just announced that they are starting a large scale advertising campaign to boost water conservation across the region This campaign is in addition to the 100 million the District has already committed for rebates for water saving appliances Read the story here Save The Colorado tracks water conservation programs and works with local groups in Southern California who are pushing water agencies to conserve more water 3 State legislatures are now in session across the basin and are making decisions most of them bad about dams and water management The Utah legislature is considering a bill to support a statewide sales tax to help fund the multi billion dollar boondoggle of the Lake Powell Pipeline read about it here The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to study a massive pipeline from the Missouri River to bring water across the great plains to Colorado read about it here And on the bright side the New Mexico legislature is considering bills to clamp down on the Governor s Commission that pushed through the Gila River Diversion read about it here Save The Colorado keeps track of these legislative bills and communicates with the public and the media about their impact on the Colorado River ecosystem 4 Want to have some fun this spring try a Stand Up Paddleboard race Save The Colorado is supporting two paddleboard races that are coming up The first is with the Los Angeles Waterkeeper called Stand Up For Clean Water on April 18th in Malibu click through here to register The second is on the Colorado River itself called the Back of Beyond Stand Up Paddle Race in Moab on May 9th click through here to register The Back of Beyond race is generously donating some of their proceeds to Save The Colorado go team 5 Deadbeat Dams is published Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Dan Beard has just published a book that will very likely have everyone in the Colorado River basin talking Titled Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau of Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam click here to visit the book s website the book has gotten several rave reviews including from Robert F Kennedy Jr who said Deadbeat Dams is a courageous book and much needed Dams kill rivers Deadbeat Dams restores rivers and our hope for a sustainable future Save The Colorado believes that Deadbeat Dams is a must read and an important part of the conversation about the future management of the Colorado River basin 6 What are we doing for the International Day of Action for Rivers We re having a party Save The Colorado is once again joining The Environmental Group of Boulder County Colorado in the Rocky Mountain River Celebration We are raising money to protect the river and will be joining friends and colleagues including famous nature writer Craig Childs at Upslope Brewing in Boulder click here to see the invitation If you are in or around Boulder on Saturday March 14th join us You can also listen to this short radio interview on KGNU about the Celebration click here to listen 7 What s going on with the Colorado Water Plan Save The Colorado is in the trenches fighting against the powers that be to push this plan in a better direction so that it focuses on water conservation and river protection I just wrote a stinging rebuttal to a column written by the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board James Eklund Published in Denver s Washington Park Profile my rebuttal points out the false information that Eklund is spewing to the public Eklund s column is here and you can read my rebuttal here We

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  • Uncategorized | Save the Colorado | Page 4
    a billion dollar water project It s like these states are engaging in Mutually Assured Destruction MAD where every stakeholder is fighting to get the last river destroying drops of water out of the system Save The Colorado oppose all new projects that want to take more water out of the Colorado River What can you do to help Two things 1 May 1st is the deadline to send in comments opposing the State of Colorado s Water Plan This plan proposes a massive number of new dams and water projects across the state costing billions of dollars Please click through here to send an email to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper 2 Join Save The Colorado By joining our organization you help us get legal standing to fight these bad water projects all across the Colorado River basin And when you join we send you a t shirt Click here to join and get a t shirt Thank you for your attention and support Stay tuned for more action Posted in Uncategorized April 1st Press Release Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Want NO More Dams Posted on April 1 2015 by admin For Immediate Release April 1 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Switch Positions Call For No New Dams or Diversions and For Healthy River Flows Colorado River USA Today in a joint statement the governors in the Upper Colorado River basin switched their long held positions and plans and called for no new dams or diversions on the Colorado River and its tributaries in order to ensure healthy river flows The statement comes on the heels of an extended 15 year drought in the Colorado River basin including the worst drought in history in California and also in response to NASA scientists whose recent report warned of a MEGADROUGHT due to climate change in the Southwest U S Each governor issued a similar statement There will be NO new dams and diversions in my state Our rivers should be healthy and run as freely as possible We re excited to see these governors change their positions and face the reality of drought and climate change throughout the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign These Upper Basin states were on track to spend tens of billions of dollars or more of taxpayer dollars to build hundreds of new river destroying projects The new approach by these forward thinking Western leaders will protect the river and water supplies for future generations of people and hundreds of species of fish birds and animals The statement from the governors represents a dramatic change in their positions Over the last 12 months the biggest threat to the Colorado River has come from the upstream states Utah Colorado Wyoming and New Mexico with their proposals and plans to take even more water out of the river Specifically in recent water planning processes Colorado proposed 20 billion worth of dam and reservoir projects Utah proposed at least 15 billion Wyoming proposed 10 dams in 10 years and New Mexico endorsed a billion dollar water project Most of these proposed projects would take additional water out of the Colorado River before it gets to Lakes Powell and Mead Water levels in both lakes are at historic lows and dropping with no end in sight Previous statements made by water officials in these states made it seem like the basin was heading for a fight over water in the Colorado River Colorado s lead water official recently said If anybody thought we were going to roll over and say OK California you re in a really bad drought you get to use the water that we were going to use they re mistaken And the lead water official in Utah recently stated It s necessary to put dams on all rivers in Utah April 1 st 2015 APRIL FOOLS DAY will be seen as a historic turning point in water management across the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner The vision leadership and stewardship of these governors will be seen as a beacon of hope to establish a clear priority to ensure rivers are healthy and flowing for individuals and communities in the West for generations to come The four governors issuing the statement are John Hickenlooper from Colorado Matt Mead from Wyoming Gary Herbert from Utah and Susana Martinez from New Mexico end APRIL FOOLS Posted in Uncategorized The California Drought Apocalypse Now Posted on March 23 2015 by admin Happy Monday Friends of the Colorado River About a year ago I was speaking on a panel of water professionals in Palm Springs California at an event put on by the Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun The keynote speaker for the event was U S Senator Barbara Boxer and so there was a pretty big crowd with lots local VIPS in attendance When I was interviewed by the local TV station I said If it becomes a 2 year or 3 year drought and the supply of water coming from the Colorado River gets cut back then it will become gut time Well now California has just entered into its 4th year of drought and it s gut time Last week Governor Brown moved forward with his second billion dollar drought relief plan Southern California is calling for big cutbacks in water use and is buying water from farmers in northern California And many cities across the state are enacting stronger water conservation plans One of the people on the panel with me was Jay Famiglietti a scientist at UC Irvine who is also with NASA Jay has made big news the last few years by using satellites to measure groundwater across California and the Southwest U S He s also been one of leading voices in the media warning California about this drought At the same time that Californian s have sucked their reservoirs nearly dry they ve also pumped massive amounts of water out of the ground Further across the Colorado River basin over the past 15 years the water in Lake s Powell and Mead has dropped by 25 million acre feet and the amount of water pumped out of the ground that has also not been replenished has been about 25 million acre feet Last week Jay had an op ed in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water stored Will you ration now To state this pointedly We ve tapped the surface rivers and reservoirs and the groundwater across California and the Southwest U S to lower levels than at anytime in history And there s likely no way this water can ever be replenished So what can we do about it The first thing we cannot do is drain and divert even more water out of the Colorado River which provides water to the entire Southwest U S and Southern California That s why our organization has taken a strong interest and stance in the Colorado Water Plan and the actions of the person who is writing the plan James Eklund Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board Unfortunately Eklund s plan is proposing to take a massive amount of new water out of the Colorado River at the very top of the basin in the state of Colorado thus ensuring even more dire circumstances for the river and folks downstream in Arizona Nevada and southern California Further Eklund has been saying False Information about the plan which I pointed out in this rebuttal to one of his newspaper columns So what can we do right now help send a message 1 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to Jay Famiglietti letting him know we appreciate his work and his speaking out about this issue He s combining good science with sound ethics studying a problem and speaking out about it Jay needs to be supported in his work 2 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to James Eklund respectfully letting him know we are disappointed in his work so far The Colorado Water Plan needs to focus on conservation efficiency recycling and water sharing agreements with farmers not new diversions of water out of the Colorado River 2015 is so far looking like a dry year in the Colorado River basin stay tuned for more news and updates And thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan Posted on March 12 2015 by admin James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan by Gary Wockner March 12 2015 reprinted from the Washington Park Profile The Colorado Water Plan is an important process and document for all Coloradans to pay attention to Unfortunately James Eklund in charge of the plan and director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board WCB appointed by Governor Hickenlooper has made several serious false statements about the process and the current draft of the plan in his column in the March 2015 Washington Park Profile First Eklund states that the process that created the draft of the Colorado Water Plan was grassroots when nothing could be further from the truth The truth is that the people who created the plan are self appointed and purposely kept opposing anti dam and anti river destruction voices from participating in the effort A river conservation group I represent was purposely excluded from the South Platte Roundtable which wrote the plan for our basin and a coalition that I formed which included 18 national regional and local environmental groups which oppose new dams and diversions had absolutely no ZERO representation on any of the state s roundtables which wrote the plan Second Eklund states that the draft of the plan represents consensus of everyone who wrote it when again nothing could be further from the truth The plan is a compilation not consensus Eklund and the WCB combined all the regional basin plans together and put them in the draft statewide plan when not only is there no consensus about the final product but those regional basin plans are in dramatic disagreement Third and following from above Mr Eklund says there was agreement from water interests statewide So Not True For example the basin plan from the South Platte and Denver Metro areas calls for dramatic new large dams and diversions from the state s rivers including the Colorado River while the West Slope basin plan calls for no new or only very small diversions Further yet the 18 conservation groups noted above and representing over 100 000 members in Colorado put public comments in a letter and a video calling for no new diversions at all but our comments were completely ignored in the draft plan Fourth Eklund insinuates the 13 000 public comments he received about the plan agree with what s in the plan draft Again not true About 12 500 of those comments came from members of the state s many conservation groups who called for no new or only limited new dams and diversions on the state s rivers and a much greater focus on higher levels of urban conservation recycling water and protecting our rivers Mr Eklund has been fond of saying the process has been the biggest public input effort in the state s history but he completely neglects to say that roughly 90 percent of that input came from conservation minded citizens whose views are not represented by what s in the draft plan Finally Eklund says everyone has agreed to accelerate dam diversion projects and shorten the federal regulatory process Completely untrue Thousands of public comments said nothing of or agreed to no such thing Further the federal regulatory process was enacted in the 1960s and 70s to ensure the public trust and the protection of America s natural resources for past present and future generations Nothing is more important than making sure America s environmental laws which are some of the best of any country on Earth including the Clean Water Act National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act are adhered to as a fundamental bedrock of our democracy and responsibility to all the human and non human creatures we share this amazing state with now and in the future This democratic and environmental protection process should never be accelerated to fast track river destruction in Colorado The thousands of members of organizations I represent appreciate Mr Eklund s service to our state on the Colorado Water Plan and we are happy to continue working with him as this plan develops throughout 2015 However we would also appreciate and will make sure that Eklund is accurate in how he represents the process and the plan so that the public s trust is ensured as this important effort moves forward Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Gary SavetheColorado org Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Drought Dams Pipelines Paddleboards and Climate Action Plans Posted on March 12 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Drought dams pipelines paddleboard races and climate action plans Save The Colorado keeps track of it all And we re right in the middle of the action What are the Top Seven Stories this week and what are we doing about it Here s a rundown 1 Can climate action plans stop megadrought and save the Colorado River Climate change may be the 1 threat to the Colorado River in fact December through February was the warmest on record for the Southwest U S but what are cities across the Southwest U S doing about it Check out my recent post in Ecowatch here where I summarize the city climate action plans across the basin Here s the good news San Diego and Fort Collins have both committed to 100 renewable energy and a few other cities have committed to 80 reductions in carbon emissions Save The Colorado tracks and supports climate action plans as one of our programmatic activities 2 California is in its 4th year of drought and water managers are starting to plan for worst case scenarios The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just announced that they are starting a large scale advertising campaign to boost water conservation across the region This campaign is in addition to the 100 million the District has already committed for rebates for water saving appliances Read the story here Save The Colorado tracks water conservation programs and works with local groups in Southern California who are pushing water agencies to conserve more water 3 State legislatures are now in session across the basin and are making decisions most of them bad about dams and water management The Utah legislature is considering a bill to support a statewide sales tax to help fund the multi billion dollar boondoggle of the Lake Powell Pipeline read about it here The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to study a massive pipeline from the Missouri River to bring water across the great plains to Colorado read about it here And on the bright side the New Mexico legislature is considering bills to clamp down on the Governor s Commission that pushed through the Gila River Diversion read about it here Save The Colorado keeps track of these legislative bills and communicates with the public and the media about their impact on the Colorado River ecosystem 4 Want to have some fun this spring try a Stand Up Paddleboard race Save The Colorado is supporting two paddleboard races that are coming up The first is with the Los Angeles Waterkeeper called Stand Up For Clean Water on April 18th in Malibu click through here to register The second is on the Colorado River itself called the Back of Beyond Stand Up Paddle Race in Moab on May 9th click through here to register The Back of Beyond race is generously donating some of their proceeds to Save The Colorado go team 5 Deadbeat Dams is published Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Dan Beard has just published a book that will very likely have everyone in the Colorado River basin talking Titled Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau of Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam click here to visit the book s website the book has gotten several rave reviews including from Robert F Kennedy Jr who said Deadbeat Dams is a courageous book and much needed Dams kill rivers Deadbeat Dams restores rivers and our hope for a sustainable future Save The Colorado believes that Deadbeat Dams is a must read and an important part of the conversation about the future management of the Colorado River basin 6 What are we doing for the International Day of Action for Rivers We re having a party Save The Colorado is once again joining The Environmental Group of Boulder County Colorado in the Rocky Mountain River Celebration We are raising money to protect the river and will be joining friends and colleagues including famous nature writer Craig Childs at Upslope Brewing in Boulder click here to see the invitation If you are in or around Boulder on Saturday March 14th join us You can also listen to this short radio interview on KGNU about the Celebration click here to listen 7 What s going on with the Colorado Water Plan Save The Colorado is in the trenches fighting against the powers that be to push this plan in a better direction so that it focuses on water conservation and river protection I just wrote a stinging rebuttal to a column written by the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board James Eklund Published in Denver s Washington Park Profile my rebuttal points out the false information that Eklund is spewing to the public Eklund s column is here and you can read my rebuttal here We

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    the river is in decline and huge challenges are ahead but people are stepping forward to make a difference First YOUR VOICE MATTERED in Los Angeles Recall a few months ago when we ran and you signed the petition to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power requesting that they increase their water conservation and efficiency programs Well it Gary Wockner Marcie Edwards Liz Crosson and Conner Everts worked and they did Four weeks ago I met with Marcie Edwards who is the new General Manager of the LADWP I was joined in that meeting by Liz Crosson of Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Conner Everts of the Southern California Watershed Alliance We all had a great discussion about LA s water supply and conservation work especially in the context of this historic California drought Ms Edwards assured us that LA was trying hard to move forward and change its paradigm Liz Crosson wrote a nice blog about our meeting posted here Two weeks later with Ms Edwards by his side the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced what his team called a sweeping executive order on water conservation intended to take strong steps to address the drought You can read the initial coverage on LA s CBS news station affiliate here Even further Mayor Garcetti s plan proposes to reduce Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti the amount of water the city imports by 50 in 10 years Yes that s quite a goal given that LA imports most of its water from northern California and the Colorado River in this editorial in the LA Times the Ed Board even called it an ambitious goal We applaud Mayor Garcetti GM Marcie Edwards and their team for making this announcement and for planning to reduce imported water We also continue to support the development of local water supplies in the Los Angeles area including recycled storm and wastewater and groundwater cleanup In addition we will work with our local environmental colleagues in the Los Angeles area to help make sure the Mayor s words turn into deeds that can set an example for how all cities in the Colorado River basin can move forward with much more efficient use of water Second we are delighted to announce the formation of a great new coalition to address the threat of new dams diversions and dirty energy projects throughout the Colorado River basin Last week Save The Colorado joined forces with Colorado River Connected a coalition formed especially to fight dirty energy projects in Utah that could take more water out of the Colorado River and pollute water for all of the Colorado River water users downstream This initial coalition includes Save The Colorado Glen Canyon Institute Colorado Riverkeeper Utah Rivers Council Waterkeeper Alliance Sierra Club Utah Chapter River Network Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and the Los Angeles Waterkeeper Much of the threat to the headwaters of the Colorado River in Utah Wyoming and Colorado is discussed in an excellent new documentary film Last Rush For The Wild West Created by Jennifer Ekstrom this film highlights the tar sands threat in Utah as well as discusses the oil shale and fracking threats in the three states at the headwaters of the Colorado River Take a look at the trailer for the film here Jennifer s film will serve as the introduction to Colorado River Connected as she tours the Southwest U S in the coming months We will keep you in the loop about where to see the film and about the dam and dirty energy projects that further threaten the Colorado River So are the challenges huge Yes But people are stepping forward to address these challenges up and down the Colorado River basin and Save The Colorado is working hard to be right in the mix helping to fight bad projects promote good ideas and spread the word about the amazing resource of the Colorado River Stay tuned for more good news and THANK YOU for your support Posted in Uncategorized New Coalition Launched to Protect Colorado River Headwaters Posted on October 15 2014 by admin New Coalition Launched to Protect Colorado River Headwaters Epic Drought and Dirty Energy Boom Spotlight Fragility of Water Supply in American Southwest FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts Zach Frankel Utah Rivers Council zach utahrivers org 8016991856 John Weisheit Colorado Riverkeeper john livingrivers org 4352602590 Tim Wagner Utah Physicians for the Environment twagneruphe gmail com 8015025450 Dan Mayhew Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club drmayhew comcast net 8017125353 Pete Nichols Waterkeeper Alliance pnichols waterkeeper org 7078450832 Gary Wockner Save The Colorado gary savethecolorado org 9702188310 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH A coalition of groups from across the West today announced the formation of a new coalition to inform and engage communities in California Nevada Arizona and other western states about threats posed to the Colorado River and their water supply Colorado River Connected www coloradoriverconnected org was formed to protect the headwaters of the Colorado River system for the benefit of the 35 million people and thousands of species and natural communities that rely upon it Currently the coalition includes Colorado Riverkeeper Utah Rivers United Sierra Club Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment Los Angeles Waterkeeper Glen Canyon Institute Save the Colorado and Waterkeeper Alliance The coalition is inviting hundreds of watershed and community groups to this effort to protect and stand up for a healthy Colorado River The Colorado River originates in Utah Colorado and Wyoming which is the source of drinking water for millions of people in cities including Las Vegas Tucson Phoenix Los Angeles and San Diego However the river is threatened by unprecedented dirty energy development voracious water diversions and climate change Climate scientists have acknowledged for decades that the Southwest will suffer more than many areas of the U S as a changing climate lowers snowpack and increases temperatures In recent years the Southwest has been gripped by a significant drought although most residents of California Nevada Arizona and New Mexico are not aware of proposed water diversions upstream that are being pursued alongside an increase in pollution generating energy development from tar sands fracking and oil shale Colorado River Connected is working to engage and activate residents living in downstream urban areas to raise a collective basinwide voice to prevent devastating projects that will further drain and pollute the Colorado Basin This drought has shown that residents in Phoenix Las Vegas and Southern California are likely to be heavily impacted by new water diversions proposed upstream like Utah s Lake Powell Pipeline said Zach Frankel Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council That s enough water for nearly one million people s use for a year and it s going to impact everything and everyone downstream said Frankel Thousands of proposed new oil and gas wells are likely to pollute precious water supplies Whether you re a San Diego mom a Tucson water manager or a Las Vegas doctor if you re drinking water from the Colorado River you better pay attention to what is going on in Utah and Colorado said Tim Wagner Executive Director of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment Between an explosion in fracking for gas and oil and Utah s love affair with tar sands and oil shale the Southwest s water supply is threatened like never before Colorado River Connected aims to bring the citizens of the basin together to speak with a unified voice for communities who rely on Colorado River water and to push back against states like Utah and Colorado that are only looking at the Colorado River for continued development and dirty energy projects Colorado River Connected will press for changes in water management and seek policies that acknowledge and address these threats for the good of residents and the Colorado River Watershed Between unparalleled dirty energy development and multiple plans for major water diversions Utah and the upper basin states are demonstrating total disregard for cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas that depend on Colorado River water for their survival said Dan Mayhew Chair of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club It s time downstream users became fully aware of the magnitude of these threats and take action before it s too late The issues facing the Colorado River Basin are as vast as the watershed itself said Pete Nichols National Director of Waterkeeper Alliance We are excited that Colorado River Connected will be bringing people together from the entire region to heighten awareness and speak with one voice for the river their communities and the watershed said Nichols Since the dedication of Hoover Dam in 1935 the Colorado River has been the leading model for water governance worldwide This 80year experiment is about to fail and shortages are eminent because developers continue to plan for water intensive projects without any regard to the watershed s natural heritage or the public trust If concerned citizens don t unite and turn this pattern of unbridled consumption around a watershed train wreck will indeed occur said John Weisheit Conservation Director of Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO JOIN THE COALITION VISIT www coloradoriverconnected org Follow us on Facebook https www facebook com coloradoriverconnected Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update FIVE GOOD NEWS STORIES Posted on October 9 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Yes there s good news and bad news but we thought it would be useful to fill just one of these blogs with only good news so here we go FIVE GOOD NEWS STORIES First YOUR VOICE HELPED MAKE A DIFFERENCE in San Diego Recall back in July we highlighted San Diego and its Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a bad actor who needed to take the drought seriously and pass stronger water conservation rules Well this week the City and the Mayor are in the process of doing just that The City is moving forward with Stage 2 Drought Restrictions and Mayor Faulconer has publicly backed the proposal In a news conference this week Mayor Faulconer said The vast majority of San Diegans have conserved and I want to thank them for their efforts but unfortunately these other circumstances require us to do even more Save The Colorado worked with San Diego Coastkeeper to highlight the City s need to take the drought seriously and when the Mayor stated his position last week the Coastkeeper thanked him for his support As we enter the fourth year of drought in California and recognize the likelihood of cutbacks and rationing in Southern California in the near future we have to plan for long term changes O Malley said With the mayor s support and continued work by council members David Alvarez and Ed Harris we can bring San Diego into alignment with water conservation measures practiced throughout the state Read the whole story here in the Times of San Diego Thank you your voice made a difference Second last week a federal district court upheld the ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon Led by the super eco fighting law firm Earthjustice the fight to stop uranium mining near the Canyon included tribal environmental and national park stakeholders Uranium mining pollutes land and water and mares landscapes The court ruling upheld the U S Department of Interior s decision to ban mining You can read more about it here on the Sierra Club s website Thank you to everyone involved in this fight Third tomorrow President Obama is slated to designate the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument The San Gabriel Mountains is the entire mountain backdrop for the City of Los Angeles and also is the crucial watershed for protecting part of the water supplies for the City Just last month Save The Colorado worked with the Los Angeles Waterkeeper to support this designation and so we are absolutely delighted to see President Obama act so quickly to get this job done We offer a huge thank you to all of the groups involved with San Gabriel Mountains Forever which have worked for years to protect the mountains and we offer an EVEN HUGER thank you to President Obama Read about the new monument in the Los Angeles Times here Fourth local rafters in Moab fish a HUGE culvert ouf of the river Take a look at this whopper of a story Last week a flash flood near Moab apparently washed this massive culvert from a side canyon down into the Colorado River Local rafting companies didn t just float by the culvert they organized themselves and spent a 12 hour day getting the dangerous obstacle out of the Colorado River A big thank you to Scott Solle and his team at Canyon Voyages Adventure Company for organizing his rafting colleagues to remove this hunk of steel Take a look at the story in the Moab Sun News here Fifth and finally and I know what you re thinking can he actually find FIVE good news stories for the Colorado River this week Yes We Can people in Wyoming despise new dams on the Green River Take a look at this heartwarming public opinion poll that came out of Wyoming last week which shows very little support for massive new dams The poll is in response to Governor Matt Mead s attempts to push forward a Wyoming Water Plan that could support new dams across the state You can read more about it in WyoFile here There You didn t think we could do it did you Five Good News Stories Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled doom and gloom programming As one last note tomorrow Friday is the last day to tell Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to focus on water conservation in the Colorado Water Plan Please click through here to send him an email at the end of this public comment period Have a great week and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis for the Colorado River Posted on September 25 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We marched On Sunday I had the good fortune to join my fellow river advocates in the Waterkeeper Alliance to march for climate justice in the streets of New York City Over 400 000 people strong the march was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life We sent a message to our leaders saying that it is time to act on climate change now A few days later in his speech to the United Nations President Obama said Our citizens keep marching We cannot pretend we don t hear them We have to answer the call Amen The climate crisis is a water crisis rising sea levels drought floods cataclysmic storms all are coming our way due to climate change I posted this blog in EcoWatch take a read The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis The Colorado River ecosystem has been especially hard hit by drought We are now in our 15th year of an ongoing drought and parts of our ecosystem in California are experiencing the worst recorded drought in history Further scientists say this drought is likely to get worse not better And they want to drain the river even more Crazy as it sounds at the very same time that the Colorado River continues to shrink and the levels in the reservoirs continue to drop water planners across the Southwest U S are planning to build even more dams and reservoirs Nevermind that building a reservoir won t make it rain they are planning on taking even more water out of an already degraded system and further debilitating the river we all love and cherish In New Mexico the State is considering a major diversion out of the Gila River which flows into the Colorado River In Colorado Denver Water is considering another diversion out of the headwaters of the Colorado River to be piped over to Denver And in Utah a crazy idea is being considered to take a large amount of water out of the river to fuel and cool a proposed nuclear powerplant And there s even more proposals than that The U S has seen cataclysmic storms on our coasts and heatwaves across the midwest but perhaps nowhere is climate change gripping an ecosystem as in the long term drought across the Southwest U S And so that s why I marched The streets were alive and crawling with humanity that wanted to protect our climate our rivers our planet our economy If you were there too that s awesome and thank you If not here s some petitions you can sign to help tell our elected leaders to protect and restore our rivers and ecosystems not further drain and deplete them 1 Sign this petition to Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado telling him to focus on alternatives to dams in the Colorado Water Plan 2 Sign this petition to Governor Martinez of New Mexico and tell her to protect the Gila River 3 Sign this petition to the State Engineer of Utah telling him to not allow the massive diversion of water for the Green River Nuclear Powerplant Recall again President Obama said Our citizens keep marching We cannot pretend we don t hear them We have to answer the call Only by speaking out will our elected leaders pay any attention to us at all We need to create a movement of people that can lead and then force our elected leaders to follow us The people lead the politics follows The climate crisis is a water crisis and we can fix it Thank you for all of your incredible support Posted in Uncategorized Save The Colorado by joining the People s Climate March Posted on September 3 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River The Colorado River ecosystem which includes southern California has been hard hit by long term drought

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Governors Omit “Colorado River” From State of the State Speeches | Save the Colorado
    River provides 1 4 trillion of GNP to the seven states Further yet over the past three years several studies by scientists and the U S Dept of Interior have indicated that the Colorado River is in long term drought threatened even more by climate change and an official shortage is likely to be declared in the next few years for the first time in history that would decrease the water available for diversion Reservoir levels are at historic lows river flows are decreasing and fish and wildlife habitat as well as the recreation economy along the river are threatened In 2013 the Colorado River was named the Most Endangered River in America and the river is completely drained dry before it reaches the Gulf of California The Colorado River ties these governors together and creates much of the economy culture and environment for every one of their states and this entire region of the U S said Gary Wockner who directs the Save The Colorado River Campaign from Fort Collins Colorado Their complete failure to mention the Colorado River or to discuss healthy river flows in their speeches is a serious disconnect between them and the voters who elected them We have a long way to go to get these governors and other decision makers to recognize that healthy flowing rivers are important pieces of regional economies and the environment In New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has refused to take a position on the proposed billion dollar Gila River Diversion She has allowed her Interstate Stream Commission to support it even while many local and conservation groups oppose it The Gila flows into the Colorado River the diversion would have dramatic negative impacts on the free flowing Gila In Colorado Governor Hickenlooper s Water Conservation Board Director James Eklund

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  • govs-sots-2015 | Save the Colorado
    Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board PRESS RELEASE California Waterkeepers Support Transferring CA Water to CORiver Delta Colorado River Update Are you READY TO RUMBLE in 2016 PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Take Action Take Action To Protect The Colorado River Please take action now The State of Colorado needs to hear your river saving

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