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    on 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

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    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 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 River Campaign The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to open an official public comment period starting Friday April 25 2014 A full scientific review of the project by opponents is forthcoming end Posted in Uncategorized From Denver to LA Colorado River EARTH DAY Update Posted on April 22 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Happy EARTH DAY We hope you get outside and enjoy yourself today maybe near your local river or stream What s new along the Colorado River First we are working to hold Denver Water and other Front Range Colorado cities accountable Unfortunately last week the CEO of Denver Water Jim Lochhead sent a letter to all of the water planners in the state saying that Denver and other Front Range cities must have another large Trans Mountain Diversion from the Colorado River He said that this type of diversion like the much maligned Flaming Gorge Pipeline proposal should be a fundamental part of the Colorado Water Plan process Well we lambasted this proposal with a press release here which generated this story in the Grand Junction Sentinel here As Colorado moves forward with its water planning process it must focus on conservation and efficiency water reuse and recycling and water sharing agreements with farmers not pipe dream boondoggles proposed by Denver Water We will 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

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    Jewell called this the new normal on the Colorado River Now for a little good news 2014 is very likely to be the year when we see the governments of the United States and Mexico collaborate on releasing water out of Morales Dam on the border and down into the Colorado River Delta Scientists are now working to create a pulse flow release from the dam to give a short term flood into the dried up river bed Recall the Colorado River no longer reaches the Gulf of California all 5 trillion gallons are drained out every year by cities and farms in the U S and Mexico In 2012 the two countries reached a historic agreement to put some water back in the river and now in 2014 we are going to see the outcome of that agreement It will be a historic day to see water released from this dam Save The Colorado will be following the story closely and maybe we ll be in a raft at the bottom of the dam and keeping you posted Check out this news article Man made Flood Could Help Revive Colorado River Wetlands posted on Livescience com and this National Geographic post Scientists Plan For Grand Experiment In The Colorado River Delta by Sandra Postel 2014 will also offer lots of stories in the state of Colorado around the Governor s Colorado Water Plan and around several dam and reservoir projects moving through permitting processes in the Denver area In addition Utah is still a hotbed of river chaos with proposed projects and a State Water Plan also in the works Finally Southern California has faced the worst 1 year drought in history in 2013 causing the region to rethink and rework its water supply system We will cover all of these stories and more and let you know how to help and take action Stay tuned for more updates and action items It s going to be an exciting year on the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Hormone disrupting chemicals associated with fracking found in Colorado River Posted on December 20 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River A few days ago the University of Missouri School of Medicine sent out a press release about a new peer reviewed scientific journal publication by their researchers titled MU Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function The press release is here Of note in the publication is that one of the testing sites was in the Colorado River in Garfield County Colorado Researchers stated these results The water samples from drilling sites demonstrated higher endocrine disrupting activity that could interfere with the body s response to androgen and estrogen hormones Drilling site water samples had moderate to high levels of endocrine disrupting activity and samples from the Colorado River showed moderate levels The Denver Post reported on this research yesterday with a quote from endocrinologist Dr Theo Colborn but did not mention that one of the testing sites was in the Colorado River Also in the Post article it is reported that the chief water quality regulator for the State of Colorado Steve Gunderson questioned the results EcoWatch org posted the story and Dr Sandra Steingraber blogged about it noting that the Colorado River downstream of Garfield County provides drinking water for millions of people in Utah Arizona Nevada and Southern California Here is Save The Colorado s statement about this research We agree with Drs Colborn and Steingraber that this finding should elicit further research With around 20 000 active wells in Western Colorado and another 20 000 proposed regulators in the State of Colorado led by Governor John Hickenlooper need to ensure that the millions of people who drink Colorado River water are not exposed to hormone disrupting fracking chemicals Thank you for your interest in protecting and restoring the Colorado River Gary Wockner PhD Campaign Coordinator Save the Colorado http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado Posted in Uncategorized Secretary Jewell Speaks About The Colorado River Posted on December 17 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell provided the keynote address at the annual Colorado River Water Users Association CRWUA meeting in Las Vegas last week It was the first time that the Secretary provided lengthy comments about the river and so we were very interested to hear what she had to say The CRWUA meeting of 750 people is traditionally where the water providers cities agricultural irrigation districts hydro power administrators etc all get together to discuss how the river is used misused for various human purposes This meeting usually does not provide much insight into the environmental problems the river faces In that light Secretary Jewell s comments provided a bit of fresh air She started out by very clearly and directly discussing the fact that climate change is real and is impacting the Colorado River ecosystem by decreasing river flows and water supplies She said this was the new normal on the river that we all had to deal with Jewell also said one of her priorities as Secretary was to Support healthy watersheds and sustainable secure water supplies She also discussed the Bi National Agreement with Mexico that was signed last year and how it would help start the ecological rejuvenation process in the Colorado River Delta in Mexico The biggest news that came out of the meeting was a very public discussion by Jewell and other water providers about how the water level in Lake Mead was dropping faster than anyone predicted This ongoing drought and drop if it continues for another year or two would have serious implications for how the river is managed A proposal was put forward by the Upper Basin states of Colorado Wyoming New Mexico and Utah to drain water out of their mountain reservoirs Flaming Gorge in Wyoming Blue Mesa in Colorado and Navajo in New Mexico and run that water down into Lake Powell The Bureau of Reclamation would then run some of that water down to Lake Mead while equalizing the level in both reservoirs to keep them high enough to make sure the hydro power generators could continue running A few days before the meeting when this proposal became public Save The Colorado sent out a press release read it here in which we stated This short term management plan to deal with the shortage needs to support water supply security and support protecting and restoring the river s health said Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign About 60 of the river is already diverted near the Continental Divide in Colorado four endangered fish species struggle to survive in the Grand Canyon and the river is dry and decimated before it reaches the sea in Mexico From top to bottom the river is in bad shape any manipulation of the system has to address this environmental damage On the last day of the CRWUA meeting the environmental law firm Earthjustice also sent out a press release asking Jewell for a heightened consideration of the environment in this process Earthjustice attorney McCrystie Adams who has litigated to restore healthy flows in the Grand Canyon said A more sustainable future for the Colorado River will require a fundamentally different approach to river management and water supply Smart water planning means more than carefully dividing up flows it means valuing living flowing rivers and the natural systems that depend upon them as much as municipal and agricultural water We urge the Secretary and all of those who depend on the Colorado River to ensure that the river is a keystone of our future and not a relic of our past It remains to be seen what will role Secretary Jewell will take in Colorado River management Her predecessor Ken Salazar had a strong hand in Colorado River issues and exercising the title of River Master that is given to the Secretary Jewell seemed relaxed in her speech but spent much of it reading from a script to make sure she hit all the right issues and tones to the various parties in the Ceaser s Palace ballroom where the meeting was held For sure the Colorado River is an extremely complex ecological and political system and thus any new Secretary has a lot to learn about how all the pieces operate But it s also true that the river has been used abused and drained dry and that we humans need to change our ways to keep this river alive for future generations of people as well as for the non human world There was much talk at the Las Vegas meeting about how everyone needed to compromise to address the future threats to the river to which we say fair enough but the river has already been compromised to death It s time for change We will continue to keep a close eye on Jewell s river leadership encouraging her to make river protection and restoration a key component of Obama s last three years in office Stay tuned for more Colorado River news and updates Posted in Uncategorized Sentinel Western Slope group to Front Range Look elsewhere for water Posted on December 16 2013 by admin Reposted with permission from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 12 8 2013 Western Slope group to Front Range Look elsewhere for water By Gary Harmon Colorado can t have less water running west down the Colorado River a coalition of water agencies and organizations said in a missive that urged state officials contemplating a state water plan to look elsewhere The West Slope of Colorado indeed no part of Colorado can be sacrificed for Front Range growth the Colorado River Basin Roundtable said It would be unrealistic to look for significant new supplies of water for the East Slope from the Colorado River as a primary source the roundtable said noting that any new depletions of water from the Colorado River boost the risk that downstream states will demand water under the 1922 Colorado River Compact The roundtable s position paper was presented to the Interbasin Compact Committee last week in Golden The committee will play a role in the drafting of a state water plan There said Eric Kuhn general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District the Colorado River Basin position was largely understood Most of the state s transmountain diversions siphon water away from the Colorado and into Front Range waterworks Somebody has already given at the office Kuhn said They ve given and given Kuhn is a governor s appointee to the Interbasin Compact Committee Gov John Hickenlooper charged the Colorado River Water Conservation Board with delivering a draft plan by December 2014 and a final plan by December 2015 One element of the plan is finding a new supply of water and the roundtable said the term new supply amounts to a euphemism for another transmountain diversion from the Colorado River system Any new transmountain diversion must be a last option after all means of significant conservation reuse land use and agricultural transfers based on substantial improvements in efficient water use are exhausted the roundtable said Several Colorado River water agencies and Denver Water have signed onto a cooperative agreement that includes additional development of Colorado River water for the Front Range Those projects should be completed before any new diversions are contemplated Kuhn said The Colorado River basin already supplies between 450 000 and 600 000 acre feet of water to the East Slope for growing cities farms and industries Under the compact the Upper Colorado River Basin is required to deliver 7 5 million acre feet of water to the lower basin That amount is figured on a 10 year rolling average State officials including Colorado Water Conservation Board director James Eklund have urged statewide participation in drafting the plan A plan emanating from Denver would be anathema to the rest of the state Eklund said at the Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference at Colorado Mesa University last month Whatever comes out of the state plan it should protect and not threaten the economic environmental and social well being of the West Slope the roundtable said http www gjsentinel com news articles western slope group 8232to front range look elsewh Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE New Colorado River Shortage Predicted for 2016 Posted on December 11 2013 by admin For Immediate Release December 11 2013 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado gary savethecolorado org New Colorado River Shortage Predicted for 2016 Save The Colorado Says Environmental Flows Have To Be Part of Shortage Plan New Diversions Must Be Stopped Las Vegas As the Colorado River Waters Users Association meeting gets underway today in Las Vegas the entire meeting will be overshadowed by the Bureau of Reclamation s ongoing analysis of drought and climate change in the Colorado River basin Drawing on Reclamation s analysis a recent presentation created by the Central Arizona Project link here predicted that water levels in Lake Mead are dropping even faster than predicted and that a shortage in the Lower Basin would likely be declared in 2016 The presentation says The elevation of Lake Mead has declined from more than 1200 above sea level in January 2000 to 1106 today Reclamation s current 24 month study August 2013 projects that the elevation of Lake Mead will continue to decline to 1060 by July 2015 which would likely result in a Lower Basin shortage being declared for 2016 The statements and accompanying graph slide 4 in the presentation have caused a scramble among Colorado River basin states especially those in the Upper Basin of Colorado Wyoming and Utah that could face a call on the river if enough water has not been delivered to Lake Mead This scramble was publicly discussed for the first time in this 12 8 2013 Denver Post editorial here where it s reported that the Colorado Water Conservation Board the State agency that manages water in Colorado recently discussed its options to deliver more water to Lakes Powell and Mead The concern is driven by a desire to keep lake levels high enough to protect the hydroelectric generation capacity at Glen Canyon Dam Lake Powell and Hoover Dam Lake Mead According to the Denver Post editorial Upper Basin water managers are considering releasing additional water out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and other mountain reservoirs to help raise the level of Powell and Mead to address the shortage However what s not discussed in the presentation or the editorial is the impact of water deliveries on the environmental health of the Colorado River and the ongoing attempt by water agencies in Colorado and Utah to divert even more water out of the river system It is on those points where the Save The Colorado River Campaign believes water managers need to provide additional attention as they address this shortage This short term management plan to deal with the shortage needs to support water supply security and support protecting and restoring the river s health said Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign About 60 of the river is already diverted near the Continental Divide in Colorado four endangered fish species struggle to survive in the Grand Canyon and the river is dry and decimated before it reaches the sea in Mexico From top to bottom the river is in bad shape any manipulation of the system has to address this environmental damage Further while the state governments of Colorado and Utah grapple with the requirement to send more water downstream water agencies in both states continue to plan and try to permit new dams and diversions from the river This November 2013 memo from the Western Colorado based Colorado River District provides input into the State of Colorado s water planning process and clearly describes that about 150 000 acre feet of new water is proposed to be diverted at the very top of the Continental Divide west of Denver for new growth in the Denver Area Another project in Northern Colorado could divert an additional 115 000 acre feet read here Likewise water agencies in Utah are proposing new projects the biggest of which is the Lake Powell Pipeline that would divert 70 000 acre feet of new water before the river reaches the Lower Basin You can t stop the bleeding by slicing open new arteries said Gary Wockner The Upper Basin states especially Colorado need to stop all of the proposed diversions if they don t they will just exacerbate these shortages and conflict and further threaten the river s health On Friday Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell is scheduled to speak at the meeting in Las Vegas and provide remarks about the federal government s role in this deteriorating situation Whatever is decided for the short term Save The Colorado contends that a long term solution needs to be put in place as soon as possible that includes a new water management ethic that focuses on water conservation and river health Draining the mountain reservoirs to temporarily add water to Lakes Powell and Mead is a band aid solution while the hemorrhaging continues unabated said Wockner We need long term systemic change that focuses on water conservation and water reuse and recycling and we especially need a new focus on the environmental health of the river and the endangered wildlife and ecosystem it supports Save The Colorado is attending the meeting in Las Vegas and will be posting and live tweeting from savethecolorado and CORiver end Posted in Uncategorized Nukes Water Wars and Fog Posted on December 4 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday and are back in the saddle of saving the Colorado River and the planet In spirit of Thanksgiving or maybe the anti spirit we give out a Turkey Award to the State

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  • Feinstein’s California Drought Bill Eyes Colorado River and Lake Mead | Save the Colorado
    saying We are very close to 60 votes but we re not there yet Las Vegas is almost solely reliant on the Colorado River for water Over the past decade the level of Lake Mead has continued to drop and has threatened Las Vegas water supplies as well as those in other parts of the Lower Colorado River Basin As this bill moves forward it is extremely important to consider the impacts on the health of the rivers in California and the Colorado River basin said Gary Wockner who coordinates the Save The Colorado River Campaign Moving water downstream along the Colorado River and storing it in Lake Mead could have environmental and economic benefits for all the people of the Southwest U S while helping to ensure water supplies for Las Vegas Arizona and drought stricken Southern California Wockner continued We will continue to monitor the progress of this bill and we encourage other stakeholders to engage in a robust public debate about how to protect our economy and environment from drought As the effects of climate change continue to be felt across California and the Southwest U S all users of Colorado River water will need to adapt to what Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell as called a new normal of water management in the basin The bill proposes to increase storage in Lake Mead and other CRSP reservoirs through pilot projects funded by grants from the Secretary of Interior to public entities for municipal purposes and for renewing and implementing water conservation agreements The exact details how these grants would help deliver and store water in Lake Mead and other reservoirs are not specified in the bill The initial version of the bill received lukewarm support from California environmental groups 11 of which signed a letter saying

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  • Water for the Delta, Water for Beer! | Save the Colorado
    Paddleboard the pulse flow as it moved downstream As of this writing today the river is still slowly moving downstream toward the sea Scientists in the Delta are now very busy analyzing the impact of the flow on the Delta ecosystem This initial flow of water called the pulse is meant to stimulate the ecosystem and begin the long process of restoring health to the dried up river and surrounding habitat After the pulse ends in late May which was an effort funded by the bi national agreement between the U S and Mexico a new effort to fund and create a base flow will move forward This effort needs to raise money to buy the water and Raise The River and is being led by Robert Redford and his Redford Center in collaboration with several environmental groups You can learn more about Raise The River by visiting its website here What else is new We offer a huge THANK YOU to Kim Jordan and her team at New Belgium Brewing makers of Fat Tire Beer for taking a stand in support of the Clean Water Act The Obama Administration is working to update the rules for how water is protected in the U S and the Environmental Protection Agency has created draft rules that are now out for public review New Belgium Brewing and the American Sustainable Business Council representing 200 000 businesses in the U S created the print advertisement below in support of Obama s strong stance to protect clean water in the U S Clean water is good for business good for the environment and good for beer Finally we offer a big THANK YOU to our new friends and fans in Los Angeles Our petition to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is

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  • Colorado River Restoration Begins! | Save the Colorado
    sea or not the historic release of water will provide extraordinary benefits to the parched ecosystem in the Colorado River Delta by rejuvenating wetlands bird habitat and breathing life into the plants and trees along its route Stay tuned for more information about the pulse flow in the Delta If you keep an eye on our facebook page click here we post stories and photos several times a day Or you can follow us on twitter to see the updates Unrelated to the Colorado River Delta agreement on Sunday Save The Colorado was also proud to sponsor this full page ad in the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder Colorado The ad thanks U S Congressman Jared Polis for his efforts to derail the Water Rights Protection Act that is moving through the U S House 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

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  • Press Release: Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers! | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Robert Redford -vs- Will Farrell: Raise The River? Or Move The Ocean? | Save the Colorado
    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

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