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    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 of Utah which seems to be putting forward just about every conceivable bad idea to drain and destroy the Colorado River This past week a judged in Utah ruled that a proposed nuclear power plant did indeed have a right to claim 53 000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River Watch this TV news story here That s right further draining the river for a proposed nuclear power plant In addition the water would come from the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline a billion dollar boondoggle of a project also intended to slather Southwest Utah in new water for new growth The ruling from the judge elicited a scathing editorial response read it here from the Salt Lake Tribune which actually 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 Hickenlooper will respond to the fight Stay tuned Finally we leave you with this amazing photo of an inversion in the Grand Canyon that occurred last Saturday A River of Fog rolled in filling the Canyon with awe and wonder See more photos of this inversion here Stay tuned for more news and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Let It Flow Posted on November 15 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River It ain t perfect but it s pretty cool anyway This week the Bureau of Reclamation did another artificial flood in the Grand Canyon to increase sediment movement increase sand bars and enhance fish habitat This year s flood was one of the larger test cases in their ongoing attempt to mimic a more natural flow regime through the

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  • Save the Colorado | Just another WordPress site | Page 11
    Conservation Alliance Breakfast Thursday August 1 7 am Marriot Salon F 1 with Pete McBride Teva Happy Hour and Original Sandals for 20 donation Wednesday July 31 4 30 Booth 8026 with Kevin Fedarko author of The Emerald Mile All proceeds go to Save the Colorado a partner with Stand Up for the Colorado Stop by the Protect the Flows in advocacy alley Booth 38138 Visit www StandUpForCoRiver com to learn more about the campaign to protect the Colorado River More About Protect the Flows Protect the Flows is a network of nearly 900 businesses in the 7 Colorado River Basin states and beyond Many members own and operate businesses in communities along the Colorado River and its tributaries in Arizona Colorado Utah Wyoming California Nevada and New Mexico Our members include Fortune 500 companies to rafting outfitters wineries to restaurants to chambers of commerce To learn more about protecting the Colorado River please visit www ProtectFlows com More about Save the Colorado The Save The Colorado River Campaign is a coalition of progressive companies and foundations that support non profit groups that are working to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries Visit www SaveTheColorado org More about American Rivers American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation s rivers and streams Rivers connect us to each other nature and future generations Since 1973 American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections helping protect and restore more than 150 000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts on the ground projects and the annual release of America s Most Endangered Rivers Headquartered in Washington DC American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100 000 supporters members and volunteers nationwide Visit www AmericanRivers org Posted in Uncategorized Happy Colorado River Day Posted on July 26 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Yesterday July 25th was the 2nd annual celebration of Colorado River Day which marks the day in 1921 that Congress named it the Colorado River In collaboration with the National Young Farmers Coalition and Nuestro Rio we helped support events in five Southwest U S cities to mark the day and set a new path forward for water conservation In Santa Fe Denver Grand Junction Las Vegas and Phoenix elected leaders joined together with farmers to express support for the water conservation in cities and farms as one strategy to supply water to cities and protect and restore the river The show of support was in the context of the U S Department of Interior s Colorado River Basin Study which indicated that up to three million acre feet of water can be conserved in cities and farms across the region Signing on to the Colorado River Day support letter were Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild Santa Fe Mayor David Cross and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria among others The National Young Farmers Coalition is a new and emerging voice in Colorado River issues representing smaller farms and younger farmers the Coalition strives to lead a path forward that works to sustainably grow crops as well as conserve water and protect the river Colorado River Day was covered in a range of media including the Santa Fe newspaper the Denver Post a Grand Junction TV station and the Public News Service in California As part of the Colorado River Day celebration The Nature Conservancy teamed up with Whole Foods to raise money and awareness in Whole Foods stores in the Southwest In addition the two organizations produced three videos about healthy food production that also focuses on water conservation and river protection Click here to see the video from New Mexico here for the video from Colorado and here for the video from Utah In addition you can learn more about the use of water across the Southwest to grow crops by visiting Western Resource Advocates website here that focuses on Colorado River Day A range of crops are grown throughout the Southwest U S with Colorado River water By all working together we have to find a way to help farmers more efficiently use water while protecting and restore the river Happy Colorado River Day and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized U S Senate Hears The Colorado River Posted on July 19 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River This was an important week for the Colorado River On Tuesday the U S Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing about the Colorado River and the Department of Interior s Basin Study that is moving forward U S Senator Mark Udall initiated and chaired the hearing and he did a wonderful job Testimony at the hearing came from a variety of voices throughout the basin including states tribes farmers and the environmental community Senator Udall introduced the hearing with a strong statement specifically calling for more water conservation in cities and farms and protection of the Colorado River The hearing was widely covered in the media click here to read coverage in the Summit County Voice In addition Senator Udall s opening statement is on YouTube here take a look and enjoy his speech Some bad news in Western Colorado this week The natural gas spill that occurred in the Colorado River tributary of Parachute Creek continues to leak cancer causing benzene in and around the creek Further the level of benzene increased this week although the spill occurred 6 months ago to above EPA safe drinking water standards This dangerous spill continues to baffle regulators and the clean up crews Click here to read the story in the Denver Post Tons of contaminated soil has already been removed from the site and clean up crews continue to work under the supervision of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment As tens of thousands of oil and gas wells are drilled and fracked throughout the Southwest U S that require thousands of miles of pipes refining plants and compressor stations it only seems inevitable that our water supplies will be impacted by all of this dangerous industrial activity The State of Colorado needs to get a handle on this spill as soon as possible Still time to win a free raft trip this summer You can enter our photo contest and win a free raft trip through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument You can enter to win by clicking here Our amazing friends at O A R S rafting have offered this great 4 days 3 nights trip for 2 people to help protect the Colorado River and support our organization What do you have to do to win Just send us your coolest funnest photos of recreating on water on the Colorado River or on any river in the Southwest U S Do you have great rafting kayaking swimming playing in water photos How about photos of kids covered in mud alongside the river Send them to us here Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Congress Needs To Act To Address MEGADROUGHT Posted on July 11 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Will Congress act if MEGADROUGHT looms Next week will be a big week for the Colorado River as a U S Senate Subcommittee convenes a hearing to discuss the Colorado River Basin Study This hearing initiated by Colorado U S Senator Mark Udall will offer testimony about water conservation in cities and farms and about healthy flows in the Colorado River The hearing comes on the heels of a scientific paper that predicted a potential MEGADROUGHT could be hitting the Southwest U S and the Colorado River basin that could reduce flows in the river up to 45 You can read a newspaper story about the MEGADROUGHT prediction here The Save The Colorado River Campaign will be following the hearing closely and live tweeting from SaveTheColorado starting at 12 30pm on Tuesday July 16th Take at look at our press release about the hearing here It s great news that the U S Senate is paying attention to this issue and a Big Thank You to U S Senator Mark Udall for leading the fight Is Lake Powell causing the water supply crisis in the Southwest U S A new scientific paper authored by hydrologist Dr Thomas Myers and published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association indicates that the problems with Lake Powell are only increasing as water supply challenges escalate across the Southwest U S We ve all known for a long time that over a half million acre feet of water which is over 1 30th of the entire flow of the Colorado River evaporates out of Lake Powell each year But what this new report indicates is that another 380 000 acre feet of water leaks through the banks of the reservoir into the surrounding desert landscape and is completely lost to the system This scientific article received wide media attention when it was released 2 weeks ago including this story here in the Summit County Voice Adding evaporation and leakage together Lake Powell loses almost 1 million acre feet of water per year Does this reservoir even make any sense anymore So we ask the question again is Lake Powell causing the water supply crisis in the Southwest U S Do you have cool photos of having fun in the Colorado River Do you want to win a free raft trip through Dinosaur National Monument Then send us your photos Thanks to our friends at O A R S Rafting we are giving away a 4 day raft trip for 2 people on the Green River You can submit photos for the contest by clicking here that s all you have to do to potentially win On July 25th which is Colorado River Day we will open the contest voting so the public can pick the winner So send us your photos and enter to win Here s the itinerary of the great rafting trip It will take you through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument and one of the most scenic and remote canyons in the U S Send in your photos in the next 2 weeks Click here to enter Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more news and action about the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Congress Needs To Act To Address Potential MEGADROUGHT in Colorado River Basin Posted on July 11 2013 by admin For Immediate Release July 11 2013 Save The Colorado River Campaign http savethecolorado org Contact Gary Wockner Director gary savethecolorado org CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL MEGADROUGHT IN COLORADO RIVER BASIN On July 16 U S Senate Subcommittee will consider Colorado River Basin Study Washington D C With a Megadrought potentially looming over the Southwest U S that could reduce flows in the Colorado River up to 45 on Tuesday July 16 th a U S Senate Subcommittee will discuss and consider the Colorado River Basin Study CRBS Initiated by U S Senator Mark Udall D CO the hearing will offer testimony that mirrors the makeup of the work groups in the Department of Interior s Next Steps process of the CRBS which was released in November of 2012 by former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar In May of this year the Department of Interior announced the Next Steps and convened the work groups the testimony before the U S Senate Subcommittee will discuss municipal water conservation agricultural water conservation and maintaining healthy flows in the Colorado River The hearing comes on the heels of a scientific paper published in June in the American Meteorological Society that discussed the wide predictions in variability of flows in the Colorado River basin due to a potential megadrought Such a megadrought has occurred in the past and could last decades and reduce flows in the river by as much as 45 according to the paper The CRBS also indicated that due to population growth and climate change demand for water in the Colorado River basin which currently serves 35 million people has already outstripped supply with the imbalance increasing dramatically over the next few decades Further yet on July 10 th yesterday the Bureau of Reclamation released their most recent 24 month study of Colorado River operations which predicted a slightly greater than 50 chance that the amount of water flowing out of Lake Powell in 2014 would be at its lowest point since the reservoir was constructed The study also indicated that the inflow into Lake Powell in June of 2013 was just 35 of average Congress needs to take this issue seriously now said Gary Wockner of the Save The Colorado River Campaign We need to make sure the Colorado River Basin Study is used to combat this imbalance and potential megadrought we can hope and pray for rain but we need to plan for a worst case scenario that supplies water and protects the river in the 21 st Century Throughout the CRBS process environmental groups have championed water conservation as a key strategy to help address the imbalance of supply and demand in the basin Environmental groups believe that increased municipal and agricultural water conservation could supply up to 2 million new acre feet of water In addition water reuse and recycling in Southwest U S cities could create another new million acre feet for a total of 3 million acre feet created through conservation reuse and recycling If you re in an oil crisis you don t build more gas guzzling hummers said Wockner The Southwest U S is entering a potential severe water crisis and we can t build dams and pipelines to fix it we need to develop a new economy in water conservation and river protection that meets this challenge The subcommittee schedule is here http www energy senate gov public index cfm 2013 7 water and power subcommittee The hearing is live webcasted Save The Colorado will also be live tweeting the hearing from SaveTheColorado Background 1 Newspaper article discussing the megadrought paper http www coloradoan com article 20130626 NEWS01 306260015 Study Colorado River vulnerable megadrought 2 The megadrought paper http journals ametsoc org doi abs 10 1175 BAMS D 12 00228 1 3 Newspaper article about the CRBS http articles latimes com 2012 dec 13 local la me colorado shortage 20121213 4 The Department of Interior s CRBS http www usbr gov lc region programs crbstudy html 5 Newspaper article about the CRBS Next Steps process http www deseretnews com article 865580796 Colorado River woes States look to three pronged search for solutions html 6 The Bureau of Reclamation s most recent 24 month study http www usbr gov uc water crsp studies 24Month 07 pdf end Gary Wockner PhD Campaign Coordinator Save the Colorado http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado Posted in Uncategorized Win A Free Raft Trip in Dinosaur National Monument Posted on July 3 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Ready for some summer fun Today we are launching a photo contest the winner of which will receive a free raft trip through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument You can enter to win by clicking here Our amazing friends at O A R S rafting have offered this great 4 days 3 nights trip for 2 people to help protect the Colorado River and support our organization What do you have to do to win Just send us your coolest funnest photos of recreating on water on the Colorado River or on any river in the Southwest U S Do you have great rafting kayaking swimming playing in water photos How about photos of kids covered in mud alongside the river Send them to us here Here s the itinerary of the great rafting trip It will take you through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument and one of the most scenic and remote canyons in the U S The contest will run through July 25th which is Colorado River Day and then we will let the public vote on the coolest photo to choose the winner of the trip So take a look through your photos or better yet go out and take some photos this weekend and send them to us here Stay tuned for ongoing updates about this photo contest And again a BIG THANK YOU to O A R S for offering this free trip Ready for some summer political action We are supporting our friends at Utah Rivers Council in Salt Lake City in their efforts to hold the Utah State government accountable for its water policies The Utah Rivers Council has launched a petition to force an audit of the Utah State Division of Water Resources The Council alleges that the State is cooking the books and basically making up numbers to support proposals for massive new pipeline projects that would further destroy the Colorado River Today the Salt Lake Tribune editorialized in support of the audit and accused the State of lies dam n lies and statistics by making up numbers and saying just about anything to support its pipeline proposals The Deseret News also wrote a strong story about the issue Major kudos go to the Utah Rivers Council which is a scrappy gritty band of river protectors in Utah just the kind of eco heroes we need to protect the Colorado River for future generations Please sign the petition here Stay tuned for more fun Have a great 4th of July weekend Posted in Uncategorized Can Saving Southern California s Beaches Save The Colorado River Posted on June 11 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Can saving Southern California s beaches help save the Colorado River The past two weeks we had the opportunity to visit with

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  • A small win, a bad fall, and a Jewell! | Save the Colorado
    and invest in conservation recycling growth management and sharing water with farmers Victory Jump out farther and pull that chute sooner ouch The Colorado River itself isn t just a recreational playground All around the Colorado River including the vertical canyon walls near Moab are home to climbers and base jumpers This week a video went viral of a base jumper Ammon McNeely who didn t quite jump out far enough or pull his chute fast enough The GRISLY video warning graphic shows McNeely bouncing off the canyon walls on his way down and then McNeely himself videoed the grisly scene at the bottom of his leg basically torn in half Want some good news A few days later McNeely reports that doctors think the leg won t have to be amputated and he will walk again McNeely is a world famous and highly accomplished climber and base jumper All we can say is Kids Don t Try This At Home We hope McNeely gains a full and speedy recovery Secretary Jewell speaks out about the Colorado River So far in her tenure Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has stayed pretty quiet about the Colorado River which has been quite different than her predecessor Ken Salazar who was an outspoken supporter of protecting and restoring the river That changed yesterday during her speech at the National Press Club Jewell spoke out strongly about the problems facing the Colorado River and acknowledged climate change and supported more water conservation efforts Climate change is upon us she said You see it in droughts throughout the West You see it in the Colorado River If you look at the levels in Lake Powell or Lake Mead or any of the other lakes that are in that region you will see that we have

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  • Congressman Gardner: Please Focus on Alternatives to Destroying Our Rivers | Save the Colorado
    the health of rivers but the cleanliness of our drinking water Further by potentially forcing the Corps to approve projects in an unworkable short timeline state and local governments would in turn be forced to find ways to pay for these projects such as the statewide sales tax that was proposed and defeated in the State of Utah to pay for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline In Gardner s district in Colorado small towns are already struggling to raise water rates and fees to pay for the proposed Northern Integrated Supply Project a boondoggle that would further drain the Cache la Poudre and Colorado Rivers to subsidize new housing growth Both of these projects would have profound negative consequences on the health of our rivers The Lake Powell Pipeline would further drain the Colorado River and threaten water supplies throughout the already drought stricken Southwest U S The Northern Integrated Supply Project NISP would further drain and destroy the Cache la Poudre River of Northern Colorado in fact the U S EPA said NISP would violate the Clean Water Act by diverting so much water out of the river The amendment was so bad that an allied organization called it ODOR PIT Office to Destroy Our Rivers and Publicly Increase Taxes Gardner s amendment was discussed in a committee hearing in the U S House of Representatives on Tuesday October 29th a vote in the committee is forthcoming Save The Colorado knows that better alternatives exist rather than these damaging projects that would drain and destroy our rivers Alternatives that focus on water conservation and efficiency water recycling better growth management and water sharing agreements with farmers are the right path forward In fact the two projects noted above have had extensive alternatives prepared For the Lake Powell Pipeline a

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  • Thank you, U.S. Senator Mark Udall! | Save the Colorado
    last week which brought together leading business executives to discuss water conservation and Colorado River protection We have to acknowledge that the current management and current use of the river is unsustainable We ve got to start from that point said Senator Udall addressing the first Business of Water Corporate Leaders Summit in Denver hosted by Protect the Flows a network of almost 1 000 businesses advocating for protection of the 1 450 mile river The Summit was covered in the Denver Post here and in the Durango Herald here Also a big thank you to our friends and Protect the Flows and to all of the businesses that attended including Alpine Bank American Water AT T Ball Corporation Blue River Anglers Blue Watchdog Conservation Inc Celestial Seasonings Chipotle Colorado Water Conservation Board Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Desert Adventures Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce GBSM Public Affairs Holland and Hart Life Technologies Marriot Denver West Mesa Park Vineyard MGM Resorts Intl New Belgium Brewing OARS Rafting PepsiCo Global Food and Beverage Reel Deal Anglers Rubicon Water Sea to Summit Sports Authority Texas Instruments Whitewave Silk and Xanterra Parks Resorts Great work Senator Udall This entry was posted in Uncategorized by

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  • See “Seldom Seen Smith” Live On Video! | Save the Colorado
    climate change drain Lake Powell or fill it back up Should we the people drain Lake Powell Take a look at the excellent newspaper reports and enjoy Seldom Seen s answers to those questions The shutdown is over and the National Parks are open again We are delighted to see the politicians in Washington D C finally reach an agreement to open up the U S government and the Western National Parks again especially the rafting venues in Grand Canyon and Canyonlands It s been a tough couple of weeks on the rafting business as well as the new generation of river guides and river heroes throughout the Southwest U S We need the rivers to stay open and the guides to continue providing the amazing enjoyment of the once in a lifetime trips down the Colorado River For all of the spirited guides and rafting businesses including writer and guide Sarah Sidwell from Tag A Long Adventures in Moab Utah we hope that business gets back on track and you continue inspiring another generation of American river protectors We need you out there speaking for a river that can t speak for itself Keep up the great work team Southern California still facing record drought and potential water cutbacks While parts of the Southwest U S were drenched in rain this fall much of California is still dry dry dry causing the water providers in San Diego and Los Angeles to continue to tighten their belts and brace for water cutbacks Most of Southern California gets its water from two sources the Colorado River and the State Water Project which brings down water from the San Joaquin Delta in Northern California And both of those water supply systems are still facing serious droughts Here s a story from CBS

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  • Say “Thank You” to elected officials who speak up for the Colorado River! | Save the Colorado
    protect the river Our campaign to save the Colorado River tries to hold officials accountable when they do wrong but also publicly recognize officials who do good work So please click through right here on Facebook and then click like to publicly thank Reps Salazar and Garcia These two gentlemen serve as an example for all policymakers who can raise awarenss given the public position they hold Thank You Reps Salazar and Garcia Some Good News Out Of Utah A few days ago a very important report was released that was signed by 19 economists at the University of Utah This report read the news story here indicates that the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline could never pay for itself and further that it would require dramatic increases in taxes water rates and tap fees in order to pay off the bonds to build the pipeline The pipeline proposes to drain 90 000 acre feet of water out of Lake Powell to fuel and subsidize growth in Southwest Utah Supporters of the Pipeline have tried just about every trick in the book to get it built including raising taxes in the whole state an idea the state legislature killed and calling in the governor to go on a statewide tour promoting new water projects and the pipeline This new economic report highlights what the environmental community has been saying all along building huge new projects is exorbitantly expensive as well as environmentally damaging Major kudos to the people and groups in Utah who are working their tails off to stop this disastrous pipeline As a final video teaser take a look at the trailer for the new movie about the effort to take down dams and restore the Klamath River in the Northwest U S Awesome Thank you for your support

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  • Colorado River shut down with the government | Save the Colorado
    thousands of dollars and are now high and dry waiting for the government to open back up Here s a Washington Post article highlighting the issue and here in the New York Times Latino Students Raft The Grand Canyon With all of the negative energy in Washington D C it was great last week to hear about a different and more wonderful journey A few weeks ago the latino river protection organization Nuestro Rio sponsored a group of high school students on a raft trip down the Grand Canyon and afterwards the students traveled to Washington D C to lobby members of congress to protect the Colorado River The adventure caught the attention of the media during the raft trip and in D C NBC Latino covered the story here in depth including a great video really you should watch the video it s excellent of the students out on the river Later in D C the group met with staff members from the Dept of Interior including Secretary Sally Jewell and with members of congress from their home states Here s a short audio version of the story from Colorado River Public Media Glen Canyon Re Emerges As the levels in Lake Powell have fallen over the past 2 years Glen Canyon is re emerging from underneath the floodwaters The High Country News profiled this editorial last week by Eric Balken which describes the beauty and splendor of the Cathedral in the Desert one of the geologic structures submerged by Lake Powell In addition Balken describes how flash floods have washed away sediment revealing the gulches and creeks flowing into Lake Powell Rains of the past few weeks have caused Lake Powell to rise 5 feet but the overall trend appears to be continuing downward as long term drought

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