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  • The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis for the Colorado River | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Save The Colorado by joining the People’s Climate March! | Save the Colorado
    dedicated to transportation options trains planes and automoblies so you can more easily attend Why should you come I wrote this article on EcoWatch to help convince you 4 Reasons Water Advocates Should Join The People s Climate March Take a read We ll see you in New York City on the 21st MEGADROUGHT As the drought deepens in California a new scientific study and a batch of newspaper articles have started predicting a MEGADROUGHT could impact the Colorado River ecosystem in the coming decades For several decades scientists have known and studied historic megadroughts in the Southwest U S and Colorado River basin but not until last week did a scientific paper directly connect potential future megadroughts to climate change The scientific paper published in the American Meteorological Society s Journal of Climate puts the chance of a climate change caused megadrought between 20 percent and 50 percent over the next century Toby Ault who is a Cornell University assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the paper directly ties this risk to human caused climate change when he says As we add greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and we haven t put the brakes on stopping this we are weighting the dice for megadrought conditions Take a look at the LA Times story here or the USA Today story here The last few weeks have seen a flurry of news reports that included quotes and input from the Save The Colorado River Campaign Here s a story about the Colorado Water Plan in the Summit Daily that includes comments from me here s another in Palm Springs Desert Sun with a quote about California s groundwater crisis and here s a great 40 minute interview with me by Derrick Jensen on the Progressive Radio

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  • Colorado River Update: Stop The Gondola! Save The Vaquita! | Save the Colorado
    Fedarko in the New York Times last week In our opinion this may be the worst development proposal in the history of American development proposals and that s a high bar Is nothing sacred You can learn more about the development proposals by visiting the website Save The Confluence And our friends at the Grand Canyon Trust have created a petition to key decision makers you can sign the petition here Second the vaquita is almost extinct please help What s a vaquita you ask The vaquita is a small porpoise that lives in the upper reaches of the Gulf of California where the Colorado River no longer meets the sea A recent population count has vaquita numbers down to 97 from over 500 a decade ago and scientists believe that if something isn t done the vaquita will be extinct in 2 or 3 years The Cousteau Society says it is the most endangered marine mammal on the planet It is endangered mostly by gillnets and illegal fishing it is also endangered by poor water quality because the Colorado River no longer flows into the Gulf there are water quality problems in the vaquita s habitat Yesterday I posted this story on EcoWatch click through here to read the story and take action The story is titled The Most Endangered Child At Our Border At the bottom of the story is a link to a Change org petition to Mexican officials demanding that they take action to protect the vaquita before it is killed into extinction Again take a look at the EcoWatch story here Here s our pic of the week Summer is almost over get out there and enjoy it Thank you for your support This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments

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  • Is the Colorado Water Plan a “River Destroyer’s Manifesto?” | Save the Colorado
    going to do Stay tuned for all the action This is likely going to be a brutal fight to keep Colorado s rivers alive and we will need your voice Now for some better news Those cool kids at the Redford Center and the Sonoran Institute have came out with a great new video about their future plans to keep restoring the Colorado River Delta in Mexico Narrated by Robert Redford this new video discusses the pulse flow earlier this year and offers really amazing new images we hadn t seen before The pulse brought the desert back to life not just the plants animals and river in the desert but the people along the river too This video has some great footage of children and families playing in the river for the first time in their lives In addition the video talks about the next step in the process that of getting a long term solution of an ongoing flow in the Colorado River Delta Take a look at this video and click through to Raise the River to learn more July 25th was Colorado River Day That s right for the third year in a row Save The Colorado helped celebrate and support Colorado River Day which is the day in 1921 that the U S Congress named it the Colorado River Events occurred in Colorado New Mexico Arizona and Nevada Elected officials youth groups and business leaders were involved See more here on the Colorado River Day website Save The Colorado had the great pleasure of working with New Belgium Brewing makers of Fat Tire and Skinny Dip Beer on Colorado River Day One of our amazing volunteers came up with the idea for Coast Cards which were given out to visitors at the bar in the

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  • Colorado River Day with New Belgium Brewing! | Save the Colorado
    John Hickenlooper for the Colorado Water Plan Here s what it says on the back of the coaster Dear Governor Hickenlooper While formulating Colorado s Water Plan please provide leadership in three key areas 1 Push for water conservation reuse and recycling as key steps in securing our future water needs 2 Do not support new dams and diversions from Colorado s rivers 3 Start focusing on river restoration Sincerely xoxo the card was signed by the visitor We had around 800 people sign the Coast Cards in the Brewery and on Colorado River Day we delivered the Coast Cards to Governor Hickenlooper s office in the State Capitol in Denver Our amazing volunteer Ellie Barber of Snowmass Colorado came over to Fort Collins and Denver and saw her inspiration through from the Brewery to the Governor s office Thank you Ellie If you would also like to give the Governor some input into the Colorado Water Plan you can click through here to our online comment page Go ahead and let the Governor hear your voice too Happy Colorado River Day This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado

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    Yes 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

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  • Uncategorized | Save the Colorado | Page 6
    Yes 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

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