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  • Secretary Jewell Honors Colorado River Delta Restoration Efforts | Save the Colorado
    bone dry south of the border all 5 trillion gallons of water diverted out to cities and farms in the U S and Mexico This historic agreement will be widely reported on and Save The Colorado will be bring the news to you For now we again Thank Secretary Jewell and we look forward to the Department of Interior s ongoing efforts to protect and restore the Colorado River Second the state of California is gripped in one of its worst droughts in history prompting California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency last week Southern California including LA Orange and San Diego counties gets about half of its water from the Colorado River and all three counties had record dry spells in 2013 Governor Brown called it a MEGA DROUGHT and is encouraging wide scale water conservation throughout the state The environmental news service EcoWatch posted this blog this morning highlighting the connection between the drought and the water used for fracking in the state of California In addition Save The Colorado offered this comment in the blog The entire Southwest U S is gripped in an extended drought including Southern California all of which depends on flows from the Colorado River said Gary Wockner at Save The Colorado River Campaign If this is the new normal of climate change then we need to develop a likewise new normal of water conservation and efficiency that also focuses on keeping our rivers as well as our communities healthy and thriving Finally for a little fun we offer this music video to all of our friends dealing with the drought in California and throughout the Southwest U S Titled Shower with a friend the song highlights the Colorado River and creative interpersonal steps you can take to decrease your

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  • 2014: What will it mean for the Colorado River? | Save the Colorado
    Panel on Climate Change IPCC is going to release its regional reports which will predict how climate change will impact specific regions of the earth Images that have been made public show predictions for increased drought and drying throughout the Southwest U S These predictions from the IPCC correlate strongly with all other climate modeling that has been done by American scientists and water providers throughout the Colorado River basin Yes we may have wet years here and there and we can even still have biblical floods but the prognosis is that drought is likely to be permanent In December of 2013 at the Colorado River Water Users Association meeting Secretary of Interior Sally 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

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  • Hormone-disrupting chemicals associated with fracking found in Colorado River | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Sentinel: Western Slope group to Front Range: Look elsewhere for water | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Nukes, Water Wars, and Fog! | Save the Colorado
    welcomed federal oversight of the whole project To be sure this whole scheme of proposing to build a massive water pipeline to further drain the river to subsidize and cool a proposed nuclear power plant should warrant federal oversight and we are happy that it will come These projects will face scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act Clean Water Act Endangered Species Act and others So stay tuned this conflict will take years to play out We thank our friends at Heal Utah and other groups in Utah for fighting this fight In the state of Colorado a simmering water war is also escalating Over the past few decades a large portion of water out of the Colorado River has been piped tunneled pumped and siphoned under over and across the Continental Divide to the fast growing Denver metropolis from Pueblo to Fort Collins These river destroying projects have taken water away from Western Colorado where it provides a lifeline for fish wildlife and the recreational economy And now Western Colorado is putting its foot down against new water projects In a recent meeting of the powerful Colorado River District agency in Western Colorado one stakeholder said Don t goddamn come here anymore to get water read the news story here This response was caused by a similar group in the Denver area that is proposing even more dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River as a part of the State Water Plan an effort created by Governor Hickenlooper As this State Water Plan plays out it remains to be seen whether Western Colorado will continue to allow its river to get drained to slake housing growth in Denver or how Governor

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  • Let It Flow! | Save the Colorado
    by itself Seeing the giant tubes of water blasting out of Glen Canyon Dam reminds us of how powerful the river really is and how much water is actually stored behind the dam Whether you love or hate the dam please take a look at this cool news video of the release of water The ground rumbles as the water hammers into the river Let It Flow It s Friday afternoon grab a beer and Save The Colorado River We are delighted to see our two main sponsors New Belgium Brewing and Patagonia team up in a new effort This year is the 40th anniversary of Patagonia and to celebrate it New Belgium Brewing has made a special draft beer for sale called California Route Read the story on Forbes com here about the beer and the 40th anniversary For four years now New Belgium and Patagonia have teamed up to provide support for the Save The Colorado River campaign donating over 500 000 to non profit environmental organizations up and down the Colorado River basin that are working to protect and restore the river It all started four years ago which you can hear more about in this audio essay by the CEOs of both companies Kim Jordan of New Belgium and Casey Sheahan of Patagonia If you get a chance over the next few months enjoy a can of California Route while listening to the two CEOs talk about why they ve teamed up to protect and restore the river We ve made a lot of progress in four years and hope to make more progress in the future Cheers Have a great weekend This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation

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  • “Water Rights Protection Act” is Grave Threat to America’s Rivers | Save the Colorado
    basically bar the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from using their authorities to protect and restore rivers during all types of federal permitting and management processes While the bill is scheduled to be marked up in the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday November 14 2013 a hearing for the bill actually occurred during the government shutdown timed so that the affected federal agencies could not provide testimony Today just a day before markup the U S Forest Service sent a letter to the Committee with its comments here in which the Forest Service states the Department believes H R 3189 is unnecessary The Forest Service s comments go on to detail further serious concerns about the bill Additionally the Department of Interior also sent a letter saying The legislation is overly broad and could have numerous unintended consequences that could affect existing law and voluntary agreements letter here We certainly support the ski industry s need to find a workable solution for their water rights concerns but we strongly oppose the current language said Gary Wockner of the Save The Colorado River Campaign This bill would gut the federal government s ability to protect and restore rivers across the Colorado River basin including those from which water is diverted to support skiing The bill would force federal agencies to put private uses of river water ahead of other beneficial public uses like fish wildlife and recreation said Matt Rice Colorado River Director for D C based American Rivers The ski industry needs to change direction this bill undercuts other recreational and environmental uses and if enacted would permanently impair the public s waterways Conservation and recreation groups are asking the Natural Resources Committee not to markup the bill but instead to hold a full and complete hearing where federal

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  • admin | Save the Colorado | Page 9
    Interior Sally 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

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