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  • Colorado River Update: Take Action to Protect The Grand Canyon! | Save the Colorado
    news report here It s great to see members of Congress acting to protecting our river and environment Second could 2015 be the biggest dam removal year in America Our friends at the national environmental group American Rivers have created this cool map of all of the dam removal projects in American history In 2014 72 dams were removed In 2015 we ve joined with American Rivers to set a goal of 75 Let s take down those Deadbeat Dams The river renaissance in America is running across the country we need to keep it alive and moving in the Colorado River basin states too Check out this nice blog post in National Geographic written by friend of the river Michelle Nijhuis And also notice on the map that almost no dams have been removed in the Colorado River basin of the Southwest U S Let s get moving removing Further the powers that be are trying to build even more dams in the Southwest U S to further drain and destroy the Colorado River ecosystem that s the WRONG direction We need to remove dams not build more What Can You Do About It Join Us On January 1 2015 Save The Colorado launched our 15 membership program so that you can join us in protecting the Colorado River fighting new dams and keeping the water flowing for people and the endangered fish and ecosystem across the Southwest U S And when you join Save The Colorado we will send you this amazing and famous t Shirt Please click through here to become a member of Save The Colorado For just 15 you become a member of Save The Colorado AND receive this cool t shirt that comes in men s and women s options for all shapes and

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  • The Colorado River: Worth A TRILLION Dollars! | Save the Colorado
    the river flowing In addition it brings into sharp focus the second big issue the Colorado River is facing in 2015 proposals for EVEN MORE dams that would further deplete flows Check out this column I wrote in EcoWatch last week Stop The War Against The Colorado River At the same time that the health of the river and business success is dependent on keeping the river flowing the upstream states Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico are proposing tens of billions of dollars in new dam projects that would further drain the river These proposed projects would dramatically deplete the river further endanger protected species and negatively impact the recreational economy as well as the mainstream economy of the downstream states At Save The Colorado we advocate for NO MORE DAMS and in 2015 and beyond we will be doing whatever we can to stop this war against the Colorado River that threatens so many of the amenities we all value Third an interesting update on one of the issues we advocated for last year Recall that the most endangered porpoise in the world the vaquita is struggling to survive in the Gulf of California where the Colorado River used to meet the sea I wrote a blog post about the vaquita here back in 2014 Just last week the Mexican government announced that they would start using DRONES to keep an eye on fisherman in the Gulf so as to make sure the fisherman are not catching and killing the endangered vaquita Check out the article in the New York Times here Mexican officials call the eco drones permanent aerial patrols to help ensure the protection of the vaquita What do you think of this idea We like it it s a good use of technology that may

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  • Colorado River Update! 2015, Here We Come! | Save the Colorado
    Delta at the beginning of 2014 have determined that the test case provided an enormous benefit to the ecology of the region Not only did the area re green itself as cottonwoods and willows blossomed and dropped their seeds but beavers coyotes and birds also returned to the area A good National Geographic report and video here depicts the changes What s needed next in the Delta is an ongoing base flow of water to keep the river bed alive and then another agreement with Mexico for the next five years of river management On the bad news front a series of problems are moving forward in the upper basin states of Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico that may doom the future of the Colorado River Each state is going through a water planning process the end result being that they are planning many more dams and diversions to get more water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries As we ve noted in past blogs New Mexico is moving forward with the Gila River Diversion and Utah is proposing up to 15 billion in new dam projects Further the State of Wyoming is proposing 10 dams in 10 years and Colorado just unveiled its first water plan which calls for up to 20 billion in new water projects I wrote an opinion piece in the High Country News laying out this potential river devastation take a read here Of course Save The Colorado is fighting hard to address these threats We ve fought the Gila River Diversion and will continue to do so we ve provided financial support to the groups in Utah that are fighting dams and we ve taken to the streets to protest in Colorado when their water plan was unveiled We showed up

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  • Colorado River Update: Take action in Utah and New Mexico! | Save the Colorado
    Colorado River Connected have put together this online action for you to sign that sends an email to Utah Governor Gary Herbert telling him to stop this bad pipeline and focus on water conservation and efficiency instead The Colorado River is already overtaxed we can t take anymore water out of it for suburban yards and sprawl Please click through here to send an email to Governor Herbert Second the situation around the Gila River in New Mexico has gotten worse Two weeks ago the Governor s Interstate Stream Commission APPROVED the Gila River Diversion which is a large boondoggle to further drain the Gila and pipe out the water for wasteful projects in New Mexico Now this decision is in the hands of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez We need to directly reach out to the Governor and ask her to stop this wasteful boondoggle The Gila River Diversion could cost a billion dollars and impact the last wild river in New Mexico At the same time alternatives to the project that focus on water conservation and efficiency have been put forward that are faster and cheaper to implement You can learn more about the dreaded Gila River Diversion by visiting the Gila Conservation Coalition s website here Please call Governor Martinez s office at 505 476 2200 and ask her to stop this Diversion in its tracks The Gila flows into the Colorado River we need to Save The Gila And now for some GOOD news it rained in California Amid the worst drought in 1 200 years California got a little relief this week as a major storm dropped water across the state Unfortunately it s not enough rain to make a dent in the long term drought but it brought out umbrellas along the coast Thank

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  • Colorado River Update! Take Two Action Items to Protect The River! | Save the Colorado
    Martinez s Interstate Stream Commission will make their decision about whether to support the diversion or not We ve launched a petition on Change org to Governor Martinez encouraging her to protect the Gila River not divert it Please click through here to sign our Change org petition to tell Governor Martinez to stop the diversion and protect the Gila River As you may know the Gila River is a tributary to the Colorado River the Gila flows through New Mexico and Arizona and then flows into the Colorado River Save The Colorado s mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea We are keeping track of dam and diversion projects throughout the Colorado River basin and this Gila diversion is a bad idea Again please click through and join thousands of New Mexicans to protect the Gila Governor Martinez needs to hear from us as soon as possible and before the Dec 31st deadline Second some good news and therefore a THANK YOU in Southern California The Mayors of San Diego and Los Angeles have recently taken stronger steps to address the drought and water supply challenges in Southern California Both cities get up to 1 2 of their water from the Colorado River and both cities are moving forward with alternative water supply opportunities that could better protect the Colorado River Further San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer recently took a strong stance to help lead his City Council to support a big new water recycling facility in the City So we created this Facebook THANK YOU for Mayor Faulconer of San Diego and Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles Their fine photos are below Please click through here to like and thank them We will keep working across the

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  • Press Release: New Mexico Gov. Martinez Should Stop The Gila River Diversion | Save the Colorado
    say in whether the State asks the U S Department of Interior for part of the money for the diversion or alternatively for money for conservation and efficiency measures Ultimately it is her appointed commission and she is responsible for the decisions they make The Gila River in New Mexico is one of the more beautiful rivers in the Colorado River basin and flows into the Colorado River downstream said Gary Wockner of Save The Colorado The proposed diversion would continue the legacy of river destruction across the Southwest U S at a time when we need a common sense shift to more sustainable water management policies focusing on conservation and efficiency On Friday November 14 th the staff of the Interstate Stream Commission recommended the Diversion see this article in the Albuquerque Journal A few days before a large rally of environmentalists taxpayers and river protectors urged the appointed Commission to oppose the Diversion see this article in the Albuquerque Journal The Governor s appointed Commission members must make a final decision by Dec 31 st If Governor Martinez supports a recommendation for the Diversion it will launch a multi decade water war and permitting battle in New Mexico and the Southwest U S said Wockner Alternatively conservation and efficiency programs are welcomed by the environmental community and are the fastest easiest cheapest method for cities and farms to maximize water supplies Governor Martinez has an opportunity to show that New Mexico can be an innovator in the West We need to protect and restore the rivers across the Colorado River basin not further deplete them continued Wockner From Denver to Casper to San Diego to Albuquerque we are keeping track of these proposed water projects and we are strongly encouraging decision makers to find a new and more

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  • PRESS RELEASE: New Colorado River “Shortage” Predicted for 2016 | Save the Colorado
    discussed for the first time in this 12 8 2013 Denver Post editorial here where it s reported that the Colorado Water Conservation Board the State agency that manages water in Colorado recently discussed its options to deliver more water to Lakes Powell and Mead The concern is driven by a desire to keep lake levels high enough to protect the hydroelectric generation capacity at Glen Canyon Dam Lake Powell and Hoover Dam Lake Mead According to the Denver Post editorial Upper Basin water managers are considering releasing additional water out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and other mountain reservoirs to help raise the level of Powell and Mead to address the shortage However what s not discussed in the presentation or the editorial is the impact of water deliveries on the environmental health of the Colorado River and the ongoing attempt by water agencies in Colorado and Utah to divert even more water out of the river system It is on those points where the Save The Colorado River Campaign believes water managers need to provide additional attention as they address this shortage This short term management plan to deal with the shortage needs to support water supply security and support protecting and restoring the river s health said Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign About 60 of the river is already diverted near the Continental Divide in Colorado four endangered fish species struggle to survive in the Grand Canyon and the river is dry and decimated before it reaches the sea in Mexico From top to bottom the river is in bad shape any manipulation of the system has to address this environmental damage Further while the state governments of Colorado and Utah grapple with the requirement to send more water downstream water agencies in both states continue to plan and try to permit new dams and diversions from the river This November 2013 memo from the Western Colorado based Colorado River District provides input into the State of Colorado s water planning process and clearly describes that about 150 000 acre feet of new water is proposed to be diverted at the very top of the Continental Divide west of Denver for new growth in the Denver Area Another project in Northern Colorado could divert an additional 115 000 acre feet read here Likewise water agencies in Utah are proposing new projects the biggest of which is the Lake Powell Pipeline that would divert 70 000 acre feet of new water before the river reaches the Lower Basin You can t stop the bleeding by slicing open new arteries said Gary Wockner The Upper Basin states especially Colorado need to stop all of the proposed diversions if they don t they will just exacerbate these shortages and conflict and further threaten the river s health On Friday Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell is scheduled to speak at the meeting in Las Vegas and provide remarks about the federal government s role in this deteriorating

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  • admin | Save the Colorado | Page 5
    and sizes Nothing quite adorns a raft or camping trip like wearing the official t shirt of the Skinny Dippers in the Colorado River Stay tuned for more action on how to protect and restore the Colorado River we ll keep you informed every week about all the news and updates across the basin in New Mexico Colorado Southern California and all points in between Keep up the great work Go Team Posted in Uncategorized The Colorado River Worth A TRILLION Dollars Posted on January 21 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Welcome to our first post of 2015 There s lots of new information and action coming forward it should be an exciting year around the management of the Colorado River First just last week an economic study out of the Dept of Economics at Arizona State University indicated that water in the Colorado River brings in over 1 TRILLION of economic activity to the seven states in the Southwest U S including Southern California That s REAL money an eye popper that ought to get the attention of decision makers across the region The study funded by business environment organization Protect The Flows hopes to raise awareness about the impacts of drought and climate change The study said that if the flow in the river drops just 10 it would cost the region 143 billion and 1 6 million jobs Check out the story in the Wall Street Journal here It s great to have a business voice out there advocating to keep the river flowing In addition it brings into sharp focus the second big issue the Colorado River is facing in 2015 proposals for EVEN MORE dams that would further deplete flows Check out this column I wrote in EcoWatch last week Stop The War Against The Colorado River At the same time that the health of the river and business success is dependent on keeping the river flowing the upstream states Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico are proposing tens of billions of dollars in new dam projects that would further drain the river These proposed projects would dramatically deplete the river further endanger protected species and negatively impact the recreational economy as well as the mainstream economy of the downstream states At Save The Colorado we advocate for NO MORE DAMS and in 2015 and beyond we will be doing whatever we can to stop this war against the Colorado River that threatens so many of the amenities we all value Third an interesting update on one of the issues we advocated for last year Recall that the most endangered porpoise in the world the vaquita is struggling to survive in the Gulf of California where the Colorado River used to meet the sea I wrote a blog post about the vaquita here back in 2014 Just last week the Mexican government announced that they would start using DRONES to keep an eye on fisherman in the Gulf so as to make sure the fisherman are not catching and killing the endangered vaquita Check out the article in the New York Times here Mexican officials call the eco drones permanent aerial patrols to help ensure the protection of the vaquita What do you think of this idea We like it it s a good use of technology that may help save this imperiled species Finally we encourage you to support our efforts to protect and restore the Colorado River by donating to Save the Colorado Our online donation link is here We will keep the news and action items flowing and try to do everything we can to keep the river flowing too Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update 2015 Here We Come Posted on December 21 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Save The Colorado is the only organization on the planet whose mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea We are delighted to provide you with updates action items and greatly appreciate your support Please consider donating to Save The Colorado in your year end giving plans you can donate online by clicking here As the year winds down several very important issues are moving that will impact the future of the Colorado River some are good news others are bad First on the good news front water districts in the three states in the lower basin Arizona California and Nevada have reached a significant agreement to conserve and share a large amount of water which will better protect water supplies in the lower basin The New York Times covers the story here The deal will help stave off the ever falling water levels in Lake Mead and is the biggest agreement so far to indicate that lower basin states are able to find a collaborative solution to how they manage the lower Colorado River Second on the good news front scientists who studied the pulse flow that occurred in the Colorado River Delta at the beginning of 2014 have determined that the test case provided an enormous benefit to the ecology of the region Not only did the area re green itself as cottonwoods and willows blossomed and dropped their seeds but beavers coyotes and birds also returned to the area A good National Geographic report and video here depicts the changes What s needed next in the Delta is an ongoing base flow of water to keep the river bed alive and then another agreement with Mexico for the next five years of river management On the bad news front a series of problems are moving forward in the upper basin states of Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico that may doom the future of the Colorado River Each state is going through a water planning process the end result being that they are planning many more dams and diversions to get more water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries As we ve noted in past blogs New Mexico is moving forward with the Gila River Diversion and Utah is proposing up to 15 billion in new dam projects Further the State of Wyoming is proposing 10 dams in 10 years and Colorado just unveiled its first water plan which calls for up to 20 billion in new water projects I wrote an opinion piece in the High Country News laying out this potential river devastation take a read here Of course Save The Colorado is fighting hard to address these threats We ve fought the Gila River Diversion and will continue to do so we ve provided financial support to the groups in Utah that are fighting dams and we ve taken to the streets to protest in Colorado when their water plan was unveiled We showed up at the Colorado State Capitol with the Save Our Rivers banner and we got lots of news coverage including this TV report on Denver s Channel 9 take a look here Thank you again for all of the support in 2014 In 2015 we will continue this work from Los Angeles to Mexicali to Las Vegas to Denver and beyond and we greatly appreciate your support to do that Please include Save The Colorado in your year end giving plans by clicking here Stay tuned for more updates and action in 2015 Gary Wockner Executive Director Save The Colorado Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Did Colorado Launch A 20 BILLION Water War Against State s Rivers Posted on December 11 2014 by admin For Immediate release March 11 2014 Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner Did Colorado Launch A 20 Billion Water War Against State s Rivers The Colorado Water Plan is looking like a 20 billion dollar boondoggle to drain and destroy every river in the state said Gary Wockner director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Denver CO Yesterday the State of Colorado unveiled its first ever Draft Colorado Water Plan which was immediately controversial due to the proposed massive number of water projects and price tag The Draft Plan calls for hundreds of projects costing 20 billion dollars Click here to see Denver Channel 9 News report here During the Governor s press conference announcing the Plan Channel 9 News reporter Maya Rodriguez asked how much the Plan would cost to implement and James Eklund who is Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the lead author of the report replied 20 Billion Dollars Further in order to pay for it Eklund said the state taxpayers would have to foot the bill just like taxpayers did in California and Texas We need to do the same thing in Colorado and this plan is a platform to have that discussion Eklund said The controversial Draft Plan follows a day after Eklund made even more controversial comments about Colorado s role in the Southwest U S water wars As reported by the Associated Press Eklund 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 The Draft Plan is extremely controversial because it proposes to put dams and diversions across many of the rivers in the state of Colorado The proposals on the Colorado River could costs billions and would likely ignite a water war throughout the Southwest U S The Colorado Water Plan is looking like a 20 billion dollar boondoggle to drain and destroy every river in the state said Gary Wockner who is director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado The Plan now enters another whole year of public review and edits In December of 2015 Governor Hickenlooper is expected to formally sign the Plan Eklund said that the 2016 State Legislature would then be expected to pass legislation to streamline permitting processes and the State government could then embark on promoting and funding a State Water Project Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado held a banner at the press conference end Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Will Colorado s Water Plan Destroy Our Rivers Posted on December 9 2014 by admin For Immediate Release December 9 2014 Save The Colorado and Save The Poudre Gary Wockner Executive Director Will Colorado s Water Plan Destroy Our Rivers Governor Hickenlooper needs to change course and focus on collaboration Fort Collins CO After nearly two years of deliberations the Colorado Water Conservation Board and its affiliates are delivering a draft of the Colorado Water Plan to Governor Hickenlooper on Wednesday Dec 10 at a ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol 1 30pm West Foyer Although the Draft Plan throws everything and the kitchen sink into the mix of options to address Colorado s future water challenges the Draft Plan unfortunately lays the groundwork for more river destruction across the state Severe problems with the Draft Plan include The Draft 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 with farmers Gary Wockner will attend the press conference representing Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado end Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Take action in Utah and New Mexico Posted on December 5 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We have two action items this week for you to jump on First recall two weeks ago when we discussed all of the dam threats in Utah You can review that blog post here Utah is proposing to spend up to 32 billion on new water projects including a billion dollar boondoggle called the Lake Powell Pipeline This proposal would pump water out of Lake Powell for Washington County in Southwest Utah At the same time the residents in the town of St George and in Washington County already have one of the highest water uses in the state They want even more water to drench lawns and support mega sprawl in the desert Our friends at Waterkeeper Alliance and Colorado River Connected have put together this online action for you to sign that sends an email to Utah Governor Gary Herbert telling him to stop this bad pipeline and focus on water conservation and efficiency instead The Colorado River is already overtaxed we can t take anymore water out of it for suburban yards and sprawl Please click through here to send an email to Governor Herbert Second the situation around the Gila River in New Mexico has gotten worse Two weeks ago the Governor s Interstate Stream Commission APPROVED the Gila River Diversion which is a large boondoggle to further drain the Gila and pipe out the water for wasteful projects in New Mexico Now this decision is in the hands of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez We need to directly reach out to the Governor and ask her to stop this wasteful boondoggle The Gila River Diversion could cost a billion dollars and impact the last wild river in New Mexico At the same time alternatives to the project that focus on water conservation and efficiency have been put forward that are faster and cheaper to implement You can learn more about the dreaded Gila River Diversion by visiting the Gila Conservation Coalition s website here Please call Governor Martinez s office at 505 476 2200 and ask her to stop this Diversion in its tracks The Gila flows into the Colorado River we need to Save The Gila And now for some GOOD news it rained in California Amid the worst drought in 1 200 years California got a little relief this week as a major storm dropped water across the state Unfortunately it s not enough rain to make a dent in the long term drought but it brought out umbrellas along the coast Thank you for taking action to protect the Colorado River and its tributaries Stay tuned for more information and action opportunities Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Take Two Action Items to Protect The River Posted on November 20 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We have two action items today one in New Mexico and one in Southern California First in New Mexico there s a proposal on the table to build a massive new diversion of water out of the Gila River which is one of the last wild rivers in the Southwest U S and the Colorado River basin The proposal would use federal money to divert the Gila and take the water over to cities and farms in Southwest New Mexico But there s counter proposals to use the money instead to promote water conservation and efficiency projects in the same cities and farms We are on the side of water conservation and efficiency Further by Dec 31st New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez s Interstate Stream Commission will make their decision about whether to support the diversion or not We ve launched a petition on Change org to Governor Martinez encouraging her to protect the Gila River not divert it Please click through here to sign our Change org petition to tell Governor Martinez to stop the diversion and protect the Gila River As you may know the Gila River is a tributary to the Colorado River the Gila flows through New Mexico and Arizona and then flows into the Colorado River Save The Colorado s mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea We are keeping track of dam and diversion projects throughout the Colorado River basin and this Gila diversion is a bad idea Again please click through and join thousands of New Mexicans to protect the Gila Governor Martinez needs to hear from us as soon as possible and before the Dec 31st deadline Second some good news and therefore a THANK YOU in Southern California The Mayors of San Diego and Los Angeles have recently taken stronger steps to address the drought and water supply challenges in Southern California Both cities get up to 1 2 of their water from the Colorado River and both cities are moving

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