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    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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    BLM land at Warren Bridge and the other that would impound 200 000 acre feet of water further upstream on national forest land would flood one of Wyoming s most iconic wild rivers and irreparably harm one of the richest fish and wildlife habitats in the lower 48 states Please click through here and tell Governor Mead to stop this nonsense Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities for action Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized From L A to Denver Water Wars Escalate Posted on June 24 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River The water wars are escalating across the Southwest U S First and foremost the drought in California is intensifying read the story in the LA Times here which is putting an increased strain on the Colorado River Recall Southern California gets about 1 2 of its water from the Colorado River and as the rest of the state suffers from drought more pressure is put on importing water from elsewhere This pressure has led to several newspaper stories over the past couple weeks that focus on the declining water levels in Lake Mead which stores water for Southern California and how the state is addressing the threat This excellent article in the Palm Springs Desert Sun titled Vanishing Water focuses on climate change Lake Mead water levels and the implications for California Taking it one step further this long editorial in the L A Times ratchets up the rhetoric calling it a Water War over Colorado River water between California and Arizona At the same time an in depth article appeared in the Arizona Daily Star about how this water war will likely hit Arizona first threatening water supplies for Tucson first and foremost Are Colorado and Wyoming fueling the water war At the same time that the lower basin states Arizona and California grapple with their war the upper basin states Colorado and Wyoming are throwing gasoline on the fire by proposing to take even more water out of the river before it ever reaches Lakes Powell and Mead As I ve noted in this blog several times the State of Colorado is creating a Colorado Water Plan that proposes to dam drain and divert even more water out of the Colorado River On that note last week I published this editorial in the Denver Post titled Colorado s Water Plan Is Being Hijacked it s great of course In addition Denver Water and other Northern Colorado water agencies are planning even more dams and diversions out of the Colorado River One proposal called the Moffat Project recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement which was assailed by Boulder County the U S Forest Service the U S Environmental Protection Agency and our organization Save the Colorado for its negative impacts on the Colorado River read the story in the Boulder Daily Camera here and the Summit County Voice here If Colorado isn t bad enough the State of Wyoming is proposing its own Wyoming Water Strategy to get even more water out of the Colorado River ecosystem Governor Mead s statements in this newspaper article suggest he s planning a large network of new dams and diversions all of which would further dam drain and destroy the Green and Colorado Rivers And now you re asking Do ya have any good news Gary I know it s all bad news this week Here s one small bit of good news Save The Colorado s Facebook page just hit 20 000 fans Thank you for following us and staying up on these very important issues Keep up the Faith and the Fight Posted in Uncategorized Will Utah Tar Sands Destroy the Colorado River Posted on June 13 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Happy Summer The weather is warm and many of the rivers and the creeks in the Colorado River basin are flowing high and beautiful get out there and enjoy it Here s an update of what s important and happening across the world of the Colorado River this week Will Utah Tar Sands Help Destroy The Colorado River We often think of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Alberta Canada when we think of tar sands but there s another huge tar sands deposit in Utah that may soon be exploited Check out this story in Calgary Herald about the proposal Tar sands mining is a very dangerous threat to water quality and quantity in the Colorado River in Utah and downstream all the way to Los Angeles We are staying on top of it by communicating with our colleagues in Utah who are fighting this bad project we will keep you informed about how you can take action to address this threat The Very Best Story On The Colorado River Delta Restoration As you know over the last few months the story of the restoration of the Colorado River Delta has been playing out Hundreds of stories have appeared in publications across the U S and beyond but this one just published in Outside Magazine is one of the best Click here to read the story Written by Rowan Jacobsen with photos and video by Pete McBride the story covers their epic and history making standup paddleboard trip down the Colorado River Delta after the pulse flow release Especially take a look at the video if you only read one Delta story make this it Will The Snowpack Save Lakes Powell and Mead This Year Answer No There was a high amount of snow in some parts of the Colorado River basin this year especially in Wyoming and Northern Colorado but it s not enough to address the problem of the long term drought and overuse of the Colorado River The inflow into Lake Powell is only average and Lake Mead is expected to continue to drop This story from Popular Science Last Straw The Fortunes of Las Vegas Will Rise or Fall With Lake Mead tells part of the story and this story from the Steamboat Today fills in some more details A Colorado River water manager sums it up Currently Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full Kuhn said Does that make us nervous Yeah that makes us very nervous Is This Dam Gross Enough Already One of the projects that is winding its way through the federal permitting process is a massive enlargement of this dam reservoir in Boulder County Colorado Yes it is actually named Gross Reservoir The project proposed by Denver Water would drain more water out of the Colorado River and pipe it to the sprawling suburbs But the Boulder County government says Not So Fast Last week Boulder County sent a scathing comment letter into the Army Corps of Engineers assailing the project its timeline and its impact on Boulder county residents Take a look at this story in the Boulder Daily Camera here titled Boulder County Assails Gross Reservoir Expansion Analysis And One Action Item This Week Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper continues to be assailed by environmentalists for his policies against water conservation in support of fracking and his so far lack of leadership in the Colorado Water Plan process This past week Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have increased water conservation across the state and increased flows in rivers One environmental group Clean Water Fund created a banner about Hickenlooper s Failure To Lead and pulled it behind an airplane over Coors Field in Denver during a Rockies baseball game the item generated this story in the Denver Pos t Clean Water Fund also created this call2action where you can click through and send an email to Gov Hickenlooper Go for it Finally the pic of the week below Enjoy and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Will The Feds Let Colorado River Water Grow Marijuana Posted on May 28 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River So we got you with that headline right Hey it s real too The U S government issued a directive last week prohibiting the use of federal water for growing recreational and medicinal marijuana States and cities up and down the Colorado River basin are trying to determine how this directive impacts marijuana agriculture in their state Colorado has completely legalized marijuana while other states including Nevada and California have legalized medicinal marijuana and the Colorado River serves them all Further nearly all of Colorado River water is administered by the U S Bureau of Reclamation through its network of dams and reservoirs from the top of the basin to the bottom However as the Las Vegas Review Journal reports cities in the Colorado River basin apparently can sell their water to grow marijuana So it s complicated Read more in this Vegas news article here The legalization of marijuana raises a lot of questions about agriculture in Colorado River states such as Will this crop replace other crops Is marijuana water intensive Can you make more money growing marijuana than alfalfa in the Imperial Irrigation District of California All interesting questions we ll see how it plays out over the next few years I Hate Dams A couple years ago Patagonia s visionary founder Yvon Chouinard made that declaration in a speech in Salt Lake City UT And now he s made real good on his claim by being the executive producer of the new documentary film DamNation and issuing this editorial in the New York Times titled Tear Down Deadbeat Dams The Save The Colorado River campaign has had the great pleasure of joining DamNation and Patagonia at the premiers of the film in Denver and Fort Collins The film continues to travel around the U S playing at local screenings and film festivals As Yvon says in his editorial I ve been working to take down dams for most of my life The idea once considered crazy is gaining momentum We should seize it and push for the removal of the many dams with high costs and low or zero value After a river is restored and the fish have returned you never hear a single person say Gee I wish we had our dam back Read it all here Thank you Yvon And yours truly got in the media action this past week I had an editorial in High Country News Writers on the Range syndicated column service titled A Kiss That Brought Hope To River Lovers The kiss refers to the meeting of the Colorado River with the Sea of Cortez like two long lost lovers reunited after 20 years In addition though at the very same time we are working to protect and restore the Colorado River Delta cities and states up and down the Southwest U S are trying to get even more water out of the river proposing new dams reservoirs and pipelines We river lovers are paying close attention And the water agencies like Denver Water and Northern Water in Colorado and the folks in Utah that want to build the Lake Powell Pipeline and Green River Nuclear Plant are put on notice You have money and power we have passion who will win Time will tell Take a read of the editorial here And Great News We you sent in over 900 emails to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper asking him to create a Colorado Water Plan that protected and restored the Colorado River Can we get to 1 000 I know we can Please click through here and help us hit the cool 1 000 mark As we noted in our blog and eblast last week the State of Colorado has started to create a Colorado Water Plan that is in danger of being hijacked by water developers who want to drain even more water out of all of Colorado s rivers and pipe it to the Denver metropolitan area to fuel subsidize and slake the thirst of new growth These developers and cities need to focus on water conservation efficiency and recycling instead of draining more water out of our rivers Your voice can make a difference now at a critical time Please click here to our Email Campaign to send an email to Governor John Hickenlooper Your email will be taken as public comment in the Colorado Water Plan process and it needs to come as soon as possible Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Please take action now The State of Colorado needs to hear your river saving voice Posted on May 14 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We need your help Can you please reach out to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper now Over one half of all the water that flows in the Colorado River from Colorado to Los Angeles and Mexico originates as snow in the mountains in the state of Colorado And so how Colorado manages its water is critical to the health of the river and to the entire Southwest U S But we have a problem The State of Colorado has started to create a Colorado Water Plan that is in danger of being hijacked by water developers who want to drain even more water out of all of Colorado s rivers and pipe it to the Denver metropolitan area to fuel subsidize and slake the thirst of new growth These developers and cities need to focus on water conservation efficiency and recycling instead of draining more water out of our rivers Your voice can make a difference now at a critical time Please click here to our Email Campaign to send an email to Governor John Hickenlooper Your email will be taken as public comment in the Colorado Water Plan process and it needs to come as soon as possible A lot is at stake As you know the Southwest U S and California are in an extended drought Climate change is already here and further threatening the health of our rivers And the human population of the Southwest continues to grow States and cities need to chart a new path forward a major course correction and focus on conservation as soon as possible Take a good long look at the photograph to the left We ve been covering this story of the restored pulse flow to the Colorado River Delta for a couple of months By Thursday the Colorado River is likely to meet the Sea of Cortez you can see it almost there now flowing downstream and edging closer to the tidal channel of sea water that flows upstream At the very moment in history when we are making great strides to restore the Colorado River IS NOT the moment to start diverting even more water out of it Enjoy the photo and stay in touch with our facebook page to see updates And again please click through here to send an email to Governor Hickenlooper Thank you for your support It matters Posted in Take Action PRESS RELEASE Denver Water s Moffat Project FEIS Released a Lose Lose Boondoggle Posted on April 22 2014 by admin For Immediate Release April 22 2014 Contacts Gary Wockner Save The Colorado River Campaign McCrystie Adams Earthjustice Chris Garre The Environmental Group of Boulder County Geoff Elliott Grand County scientist hydrologist Denver Water s Moffat Project FEIS Released a Lose Lose Boondoggle Denver CO Today the U S Army Corps of Engineers made available online the much awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement FEIS for Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project Moffat Project The FEIS is available here The Moffat Project proposes to drain even more water from the headwaters of the already endangered Colorado River including the Fraser River and pump that water through a tunnel under the Continental Divide from Grand County to the Denver area The siphoned flows would flood unique natural areas of rural Boulder County in a greatly enlarged Gross Dam and Reservoir before being piped to the sprawling lawns and suburbs in Denver Water s service area The FEIS may be the public s best opportunity to understand the costs and impacts of this massive scheme and to make their voices heard The 360 million 18 000 acre foot project has so far faced a headwind of controversy through the multi year permitting process and is likely to be contested for years into the future Statements from opponents of the project Denver Water proposes to spend an extraordinary amount of money to further drain the Colorado River and destroy the quality of life in rural Boulder County all to slake the thirst of Kentucky Bluegrass in our semi arid climate Instead of raising water rates to perpetuate this unsustainable behavior let s ditch the Moffat Project and focus on a real and collaborative solution conservation Chris Garre Director of The Environmental Group of Boulder County and a resident near Gross Dam Denver Water s Moffat Project is a gross disappointment it s bad for the river bad for West Slope ranchers and farmers and bad for Grand County Our headwater rivers and streams are already severely depleted and will not survive more strangling by Denver Water This project should be stopped in its tracks Geoff Elliott Grand County scientist and resident The Moffat expansion is far from a done deal This project should not be approved unless the long term health of the river is assured and our nation s environmental standards are met We and our partners are committed to keeping the Colorado River flowing McCrystie Adams Senior Attorney Earthjustice office in Denver The Colorado River is endangered from the source to the sea its flows are depleted or drained its habitat is suffering its endangered fish are on the brink of survival this river has already given more than it can The extremely controversial Moffat Project will face intense scrutiny and analysis in the coming months and years Gary Wockner Coordinator for the Save The Colorado

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  • It’s Colorado River movie night — grab your popcorn and a hot date! | Save the Colorado
    film s facebook page here Second is Warm Springs which tells the harrowing tale of one of the last wild rapids on the last wild river in the Southwest U S the Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Park Directed by Cody Perry and Ben Saheb the film has some organization heft behind it with support from O A R S rafting company Friends of the Yampa Rig To Flip American Whitewater and American Rivers As such Warm Springs is a high quality production You can watch the trailer by clicking here You can watch the full fiim by clicking here For screening details go to Rig To Flip s website here Third is Wrenched a brand new film by M L Lincoln which chronicles the history and era of monkey wrenching environmental activism and the exploits of legendary writer activist Edward Abbey This film has many long minutes of previously unseen footage and speeches of Edward Abbey if you re an Abbey aficionado this is a must see The cracking of Glen Canyon Dam also plays prominently in this film as does Abbey s work of fiction The Monkey Wrench Gang You can watch the trailer of Wrenched by clicking here To get screening details visit the film s website here Finally Pete McBride has been at it again Pete and his merry band of river exploring friends were the first in history to paddle the pulse flow of the Colorado River Delta earlier this year after the U S and Mexico released water back in the river Pete s new film Delta Dawn which chronicles that trip will premier at the Banff International Film Festival in November Pete s last production Chasing Water received international awards and acclaim We are really looking forward to

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  • Press Release: Flake/Heinrich Survivor Episode Inspires Bingo Game | Save the Colorado
    pair was securing the most basic human need water In that vein the Save The Colorado River Campaign sees the potential for a great example of how the Southwest U S must approach its management of water and the Colorado River which both New Mexico and Arizona rely on for their water supplies We are encouraging people to watch Rival Survivor as an example of how opposing sides need to come together to protect the Colorado River and its water supplies for the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado which works to protect and restore the river We created this bingo game so people would think about the importance of water while having fun with the show With the theme When it comes to water and the Colorado River we re all in this together the bingo game download and print here image left gives Rival Survivor viewers a way to create their own unique bingo card and play along at home or together The ecological health of the Colorado River and the quantity of its water supplies are in decline throughout the 7 southwest states in the river basin including New Mexico and Arizona Most recently the U S Bureau of Reclamation and four large municipal water districts announced the creation of a pilot program to work together to increase water conservation in four states Much more cooperation will be needed to address the threat of climate change river health and population growth throughout the region which runs from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond If these two rival survivor senators can work together on a deserted island the residents of the Southwest U S and policymakers should be able to work together to protect our river and its water supplies said Wockner

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  • Colorado River Update! More Good News — YOUR Voice Mattered! | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • New Coalition Launched to Protect Colorado River Headwaters | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Colorado River Update — FIVE GOOD NEWS STORIES! | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • As Drought Deepens, Bad Actors Emerge (San Diego, pay attention!) | Save the Colorado
    decision to continue wasting water in San Diego You can read more about this on EcoWatch here Lake Mead s decline continues to be the big story of the week As the Lake level falls to its lowest point in history the political escalation is rising Two conservation groups American Rivers and Western Resource Advocates came out with a report last week on solutions to restoring the balance of water in the Colorado River system You can read this report here It adds to the growing concern of how to address the long term decline of Lake Mead as well as the entire Colorado River The states in the Southwest U S have also come up with their own plan discussed in this Arizona Daily Star article here And political leaders like Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom have entered the fray with this editorial here in the Las Vegas Review Journal Senator Segerblom says Like us rivers live and rivers breathe The big question is if the federal government or the states can act quickly enough to address the problem and then a host of questions arise about the details of the actions that might be taken As the lake and river continues to decline we are focusing on the health of the river itself our goal is to keep it flowing and keep the critters it supports including us human critters alive and healthy Tomorrow Friday July 25th is Colorado River Day Woop Yes for the third year in a row we are celebrating Colorado River Day the day on which in 1921 the U S Congress named it the Colorado River You can read more about Colorado River Day on its website here Events will take place in Colorado New Mexico Arizona and Nevada highlighting the role of

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