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    of Representatives Congressman Polis stood up strong against this bill that could be used to gut the federal government s ability to protect and restore rivers on behalf of the American people We discussed this bill in a previous press release here and it has gotten a lot of media coverage see Denver Post story here While the bill passed the U S House we are hoping that it is completely derailed in the U S Senate where in our opinion stronger river protectors hold office Our petition to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is motoring along now with over 3 500 signatures Click here to sign if you haven t already We believe Los Angeles can and should do a lot more to conserve water in this drought The intense drought in California and the Southwest U S is still moving forward On this issue Save The Colorado s Gary Wockner spoke on a panel in Palm Springs last weekend along with several California water specialists including a keynote address from U S Senator Barbara Boxer The Colorado River is the main source of water for Palm Springs and the surrounding valley as well as much of Southern California While the area has weathered this drought by using Colorado River water the ongoing drought along the entire Colorado River ecosystem will likely affect Southern California in the future Here s a good TV news story about the Palm Springs event featuring Wockner and the Colorado River s role in the Palm Springs area Thank you for your support Stay tuned for more updates Posted in Uncategorized Robert Redford vs Will Farrell Raise The River Or Move The Ocean Posted on March 17 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River There s a lot going on hang on First our friends at Raise The River released this really cool video ad featuring Robert Redford and Will Farrell In the ad the two stars battle it out in ludicrous comedy video exchanges about whether it makes more sense to Raise the River i e add water to the Colorado River Delta or Move The Ocean Take a look here and you decide who wins This is all in the context of the super news coming out on March 22nd which is World Water Day too that the gates of Morelos Dam are opening to let a pulse flow of water return to the Colorado River Delta Numerous news reports have already covered this upcoming event including this one in the Las Vegas Review Journal It s going to be an exciting few weeks and there will be numerous reports news blog and social media so stay tuned for all of the action In the meantime enjoy this short video from Redford and Farrell Help us give a big Thank You to Congressman Jared Polis Last week Colorado Congressman Jared Polis removed his support for a very controversial bill the Water Rights Protection Act This bill would take away the federal government s ability to better protect rivers across America including the Colorado River on behalf of the people of the United States Although the bill initially proposed to make a small change in federal law the bill got taken over by strident anti environmental forces who turned it into an anti government diatribe session when it was discussed on the floor of the U S House of Representatives last week Congressman Polis stood strong in support of America s rivers He tried to amend the bill but when his amendment failed he pulled his support Unfortunately the bill passed the House but we are hoping it dies in the U S Senate Click here and like this facebook post to Thank Congressman Polis for speaking out to protect OUR rivers Last weekend Save The Colorado was delighted to attend the Rocky Mountain River Celebration in Boulder Colorado commemorating the International Day of Action for Rivers Over a hundred river loving friends jammed into Upslope Brewery to watch videos listen to speakers and raise money for river conservation efforts The event was sponsored by The Environmental Group in Boulder county which is working to address the threat of the Moffat Project a proposal to massively enlarge Gross Dam in Southwest Boulder county and divert even more water out of the Colorado River Take a look at this huge dam already and Denver Water wants to make it 125 feet higher all the while further draining and destroying the Colorado River Below is a photo of all of the attendees Rivers Unite Us Here s a few more issues to a look at Our petition to the Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power is still going strong Please click through and sign to encourage L A to conserve water in this drought Here s a great short video about a dam removal project on the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins Colorado A huge thanks to the City of Fort Collins and the Colorado Water Trust for this river restoring project DamNation is alive The world premier of this film was at SXSW last week in Austin More showings are coming to a city near you check out the trailer Thank You For Your Support Stay Tuned For More Updates Posted in Uncategorized Press Release Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers Posted on March 12 2014 by admin March 12 2014 Contact Matt Rice American Rivers Gary Wockner Save The Colorado Washington Congressman Jared Polis D CO took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H R 3189 the so called Water Rights Protection Act The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday The bill which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas Association Aspen s SkiCo as well as the Farm Bureau and the National Cattlemen s Beef Association would have sweeping impacts on rivers in the West and nationwide preventing federal agencies from doing their job to safeguard rivers fish and wildlife We applaud Congressman Polis for having the courage to stand up and do what is right said Bob Irvin President of American Rivers Jared Polis is a true champion for healthy rivers and for everybody who fishes boats and enjoys the outdoors His leadership sets a great example and we hope his colleagues in the House follow him in opposing this harmful bill Rep Polis district is in the headwaters of the Colorado River and his action today removing his support from this bill will help protect this great river said Gary Wockner of the Save The Colorado River Campaign The rivers of Colorado and the Southwest U S are already under extreme threat and stress Rep Polis is taking the right position in opposing this bill that would further imperil our rivers H R 3189 essentially allows private water users dry up rivers with impunity and would impact a wide variety of river restoration efforts nationwide The bill could stop the Fish and Wildlife Service from requiring flows that help salmon find fish ladders so that they can safely pass over dams It could prohibit the Forest Service from requiring water diverters to leave some water in streams on National Forests to keep native cutthroat trout alive It would potentially destroy broadly supported multi year and multi million dollar settlement agreements such as the ones on the Klamath and San Joaquin rivers to restore salmon and steelhead fisheries at hydropower facilities and would even set back efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay More than 80 local state and national environmental recreation and sportsmen s groups have written letters in opposition to H R 3189 and tens of thousands of individual Americans have taken action urging their Members of Congress to oppose the bill About American Rivers American Rivers protects wild rivers restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature Since 1973 American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150 000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts on the ground projects and an annual America s Most Endangered Rivers campaign Headquartered in Washington DC American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200 000 members supporters and volunteers Rivers connect us to each other nature and future generations Find your connections at AmericanRivers org Facebook com AmericanRivers and Twitter com AmericanRivers Posted in Uncategorized Great News Water Returns To The Colorado River Delta Posted on March 6 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Great News On March 23rd the gates of the Morelos Dam will open as the U S and Mexico restore a small streamflow to the Colorado River Delta Jennifer Pitt representing the Environmental Defense Fund has been a key stakeholder in this historic agreement We turn our weekly blog over to Jennifer for her editorial Enjoy Since 1960 the Colorado river has not flowed regularly to the sea While pockets of green remain the Colorado delta is a parched and begging for relief The dry sandy channel glares in the bright sun abandoned by the river that has been overtapped and overworked for too long It s hard not to think of the lost potential of an ecosystem that once thrived After an adventure there in 1922 American author scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold wrote On the map the delta was bisected by the river but in fact the river was nowhere and everywhere for he could not decide which of a hundred green lagoons offered the most pleasant and least speedy path to the Gulf of California The Colorado s delta was once a landscape of plenty the basis of rural economic activity and local employment Tourism recreational hunting sport and commercial fishing all have been lost to overuse and over exhaustion of a limited resource For decades it seemed nothing could be done I spent much of the past 15 years shining a spotlight on the sorry state of the Colorado River delta for audiences across the country And while it s true that those conversations would quickly turn to the byzantine complexities of water law and the difficulties of caring for shared cross border resources it is also true that most people are truly unsettled by the reality that the Colorado stops short of its natural destination Today U S and Mexican policymakers water agencies and conservation organizations are taking a major step to right the wrong that has been done to the Colorado river delta For the first time in history the United States and Mexico will send a modest volume of water into the Colorado River delta in the form of a temporary pulse flow which will mimic the natural spring floods that once nourished the delta Never before have we deliberately sent water below Morelos Dam the last dam on the river just south of the U S Mexico border to benefit the environment Beginning this month water from the Colorado river will literally pulse through the border as a sign to the rest of the world of what people can accomplish through cooperation between nations It feels like a triumph of human optimism over acquiescence Some may grumble that this is not the time to send water to the environment but that objection ignores the broader context of the recent binational agreement and the many benefits it brings to both countries In addition to breathing life back into the delta this new framework more broadly allows the United States and Mexico to share surpluses in times of plenty and reductions in times of drought provides incentives for leaving water in storage and conserves water through joint investments in projects from water users in both countries These benefits extend to water users throughout the Colorado river basin in all seven U S states feeding into the basin and the two in Mexico By abandoning the old framework of who gets what and establishing cooperative management of our shared resource the United States and Mexico are achieving benefits for communities and nature alike With this kind of cooperation I have renewed hope that in the not so distant future we will see delta ecosystems and economies thrive once again Posted in Uncategorized Take Action Tell Los Angeles to Conserve Water Posted on February 27 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Click Here To Help Us Take Action in California Did you know that the City of Los Angeles gets about half of its water from the Colorado River During this extreme drought in California we have teamed up with a local conservation group in LA the Los Angeles Waterkeeper to promote water conservation The government agency that controls the City s water is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power LADWP which has an unprecedented opportunity to increase its water conservation efforts focus on alternative water supply projects and educate the public about its impacts on the river systems of the West We need your help to do that We have launched a petition on Change org to tell the LADWP to increase its focus on water conservation Please click here to sign and share the petition Not only is California in an extreme drought but all of the Colorado River basin is in a drought and all of us from Denver to LA need to do everything we can to conserve water and protect the Colorado River ecosystem Help us out by clicking here Thank you Colorado needs to conserve water too Not only are we working at the bottom of the Colorado River basin in Los Angeles we are also working hard to protect the river at the top of the basin in Denver Last week Save The Colorado led a group of 18 Colorado conservation groups to give input to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper asking him to focus on river conservation in the Colorado Water Plan This Plan is being formulated over the next year and will guide the State of Colorado s efforts for the next few decades The 18 groups believe Colorado should stop supporting new dam reservoir diversion projects and instead focus on alternatives including conservation recycling and sharing water with farmers We put out this press release here and turned our letter to the Governor into a video presentation here Take a look We are working hard all over the Southwest U S pressuring Governors and policymakers and helping to educate the public about protecting and restoring the Colorado River Can you say DAMNATION It s here After a couple years of filmmaking and editing we are super excited to see this new film being released next month Damnation chronicles America s history of dam building and then also our more recent history of dam removal The film is powerful hopeful and timely The world premier will be at the SXSW festival in Austin TX on March 10th Our most excellent friends at Patagonia are main sponsors of the film and will be helping to promote it at the festival After March 10th Damnation will be screening throughout the U S and Save The Colorado will be assisting that promotion in some locations Take a look at the trailer here Stay tuned for more information about screenings in your local area Let s all get behind this film and its message of letting the rivers of America run free The Colorado River is one of the most dammed and plumbed rivers on the planet but there s hope This film helps keep that hope alive Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Tell the LA Dept of Water and Power Conserve Water during the Drought Posted on February 25 2014 by admin For Immediate Release February 25 2014 Contact Liz Crosson Los Angeles Waterkeeper Gary Wockner Save The Colorado River Campaign Water Conservation Groups Launch Petition Targeting Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Los Angeles As the drought intensifies in California and the Southwest U S a new era begins for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power LADWP with its new General Manager Marcie Edwards To help push forward an increased focus on water conservation in Los Angeles Western American water conservation groups Los Angeles Waterkeeper and the Save The Colorado River Campaign joined forces today with Change org to launch a petition targeting LADWP The Change org petition is posted here This historical drought brings an opportunity for Los Angeles to increase our focus on water conservation new water supply programs and river protection said Liz Crosson Executive Director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper which advocates for water conservation and protection throughout LA County We look forward to working with Manager Edwards to help lead Angelinos forward in this critical time The petition calls on the LADWP to Increase its focus on water conservation Launch new programs around wastewater and stormwater recycling including collaborating with Public Works the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Planning Department to integrate water management in LA Better educate the community about negative impacts on river systems including the San Joaquin River of northern California and the Colorado River both sources of LA s water The petition comes forward as community and environmental leaders in Los Angeles are encouraging LADWP to expedite its Stormwater Capture Master Plan and work with water quality and water supply agencies to incentivize capturing stormwater to augment local groundwater supply Los Angeles has a huge opportunity to become a national leader in the efficient use of water by recycling wastewater and stormwater most of which right now just washes out to the ocean polluting our beaches and coasts continued Crosson This drought further affirms that it is Southern California s responsibility to make a good faith effort to address the long term climate change impacts now and join the rest of the state in taking immediate and impactful action California s drought has hit water supplies in the northern part of the state

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  • BREAKING NEWS: Lake Mead Water Level Lowest In History! | Save the Colorado
    Please click through here to EcoWatch and read the column Stay tuned and we will keep you apprised of this deteriorating situation The extreme drought in California is just plain getting worse every week And Californians do not seem to be rising to the occasion to ramp up their water conservation efforts Check out this video made by the New York Times which discusses how California citizens are not meeting the request of their Governor Jerry Brown to decrease their water use by 20 The Times video states that conservation in California cities has only hit 5 despite the extreme drought and the mandate of Governor Brown This California drought is also reverberating throughout the Colorado River basin from the top to the bottom Check out this TV news video from Utah featuring Zach Frankel from the environmental group Utah Rivers Council At the same time that Lake Mead and the Colorado River are stretched beyond the breaking point State officials in Utah still want to move forward with a massive new diversion out of the river to fuel and subsidize growth in Southwest Utah Frankel states Drought in California means that there will be major scrutiny over new water diversions in states like Utah As the drought continues the tension is rising throughout the Southwest U S And finally a chance for you to take some action to address this ongoing chaos At the same time that drought has stricken the Colorado River basin the State of Wyoming is proposing to build more dams and reservoirs on the Green River which flows into the Colorado Our friends at American Rivers have created this action alert to Wyoming s Governor Matt Mead As part of Wyoming s new statewide water strategy Gov Matt Mead is considering whether to recommend building

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  • From L.A. to Denver: Water Wars Escalate! | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Will Utah Tar Sands Destroy the Colorado River? | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Will The Feds Let Colorado River Water Grow Marijuana?? | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • From Denver to LA: Colorado River EARTH DAY Update! | Save the Colorado
    keep working hard to protect the Colorado River and hold water managers accountable Second we have great news about our petition to encourage the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to focus more on water conservation and recycling we ve hit 5 000 signatures Woop Thank you for your support and signature on this petition Los Angeles and all of California is still mired in this extensive drought and there s no better time to double down on conservation and recycling as the path forward for the future Collecting stormwater and then recycling and purifying it is an excellent choice for cities on the Southern California coast doing so can create new drinking water as well as protect beaches and oceans from dangerous stormwater runoff Conservation and recycling offer a path forward for cities in Southern California and around the entire Colorado River basin If you haven t signed the petition on Change org you can click through here and do so Third the water is still flowing in the Colorado River Delta Amazing photos and stories continue to flow out of the Delta right along with the water Click here to see some of the recent photos on facebook Our friends at Canoe and Kayak Magazine took a trip down the river in the Delta and also created this short and wonderful video click through here to Youtube to watch the video News reports continue to document how the water is rejuvenating wetlands and restoring the ecosystem in the parched Delta Here s a story from National Geographic that also shows several videos of the restoration process As the water returns wildlife is again visiting the area and the ecosystem is beginning to repair itself As Jeff Moag of Canoe and Kayak Magazine said They say it s

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