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    were not drug smugglers Until his journey the full descent of the Colorado River had never been completed Now Jon believes that it should not be undertaken again until the river reaches the sea His new narrative book Running Dry A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River will be available in mid May from National Geographic Books In September partnering with the acclaimed photographer Pete McBride Westcliffe

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    large construction projects 6 The Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop of water leaves the state in a river that is not required to by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy To fix this problem the Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines making sure enough water leaves the state so that each river is healthy when it crosses state boundaries 7 The Plan proposes that 20 billion needs to be spent to fill the gap build the new dam diversion reservoir projects that will come from all of the new population growth heading to Colorado in the next 45 years Thus the Plan proposes many statewide funding mechanisms including taxes and bonds to pay this enormous price tag Such statewide funding concepts are simply massive subsidies to the growth and development industry to make it easier faster and cheaper for Colorado s population to double To fix this problem the state should let local governments address their water and money gap on their own As such some cities may choose not to grow or may choose to force the growth to pay its own way rather than having it subsidized by state taxpayers Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Colorado Posted in Uncategorized STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Posted on September 28 2015 by admin STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Save The Colorado has taken a formal position in opposition to Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project We oppose the project for these Top Ten Reasons 1 The Moffat Project would further drain and destroy the Fraser River and its tributaries in Grand County 2 The Moffat Project would further drain the Upper Colorado River which has been named one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America and is already near the brink of collapse 3 The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Moffat Project was filled with fatal flaws 4 The proposed mitigation for the project won t even remotely mitigate the impacts to the rivers streams habitat and fisheries in Grand County and downstream 5 Denver Water says it needs the water but nearly half of all of Denver s current water and future proposed water from Moffat is used to keep lawn s green for 3 months in Colorado s late summer semi desert environment 6 The Final Environmental Impact Statement completely fails to address the impact of the diversion on the Colorado River Compact and the potential for a call on the river especially in light of future climate change which will further decrease flows 7 The Moffat Project would require a massive 5 year construction project the largest in Boulder County history to expand Gross Dam and Reservoir that would completely disrupt the lives and quality of life of homeowners living near and around the reservoir in Southwestern Boulder County 8 Denver Water doesn t need more water but even if it wants more water it can easily get more water by investing more money in alternative water supply systems including water conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and working with farmers 9 The construction project to expand Gross Dam would be a huge emitter of greenhouse gas emissions an impact that is not studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement 10 Instead of hiring independent peer reviewed unbiased scientists to analyze the Moffat Project proposal the Army Corps of Engineers hired engineering firms which specialize in building dams and large construction projects to create the Final Environmental Impact Statement and thus the entire process is biased and scientifically invalid Save The Colorado has inserted numerous documents comments and technical reports into the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process for the Moffat Project We are waiting now to see what the Corps will do they say they will make a permitting decision in 2016 StopMoffat org Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY Posted on September 23 2015 by admin For Immediate Release September 23 2015 Contact Gary Wockner E D Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY ON COLORADO RIVER Colorado River USA As the Pope descends on America bringing new attention to climate change Save The Colorado is demanding that the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps to do the same thing as it considers new permits on water projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River The Corps is currently in the last stages of the permitting process for two river Jim Creek in Grand County Colorado a tributary to the Colorado River that is often drained dry by Denver Water destroying water projects the Moffat Collection System Project and the Windy Gap Firming Project which would collectively drain a new 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries In wet years the projects could drain up to 100 000 acre feet 32 BILLION GALLONS which equals approximately 1 FOOT OF ELEVATION IN LAKE MEAD Both projects would divert water out of tributaries to the Upper Colorado River and pipe it under the continental divide over to the sprawling suburbs of the Denver megalopolis primarily to keep lawns green in the summer in Colorado s semi desert environment At the same time that a shortage was almost declared on the Colorado River in Arizona Nevada and Southern California in 2015 that a call on the river is a commonplace discussion in the Colorado Water Plan process and that climate change threatens to drain 9 30 more water out of the river the Corps may permit projects to drain even more water out of the river at the very top of the Colorado River basin In response Save The Colorado sent two long technical documents to the Corps outlining the threat of climate change and the call on the river that could be exacerbated by the new diversions in Colorado Document 1 is about Moffat document 2 is about Windy Gap The Army Corps must take climate change seriously on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado Diverting new water out of the river at the top of the basin will increase the likelihood of a shortage and call on the river at the bottom of the basin which could completely destabilize water supplies and the Southwest s economy While the U S government allots 16 5 million acre feet maf of water to be diverted out of the Colorado River or sent to Mexico 15 maf for the U S 1 5 maf for Mexico on average each year over the last 15 years an average of only 12 5 maf has actually flowed in the river due to drought and climate change The U S Bureau of Reclamation claims that climate change will likely permanently decrease the amount of water in the river down to 13 7 maf by the year 2060 see STC s documents for details The Environmental Impact Statement processes for Moffat and Windy Gap have completely ignored how these new diversions would interact with climate change to force a call on the river across the basin said Wockner The Army Corps of Engineers must analyze this likelihood in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act On September 21st Save The Colorado sent out an action alert to its members asking them to contact the Corps about this issue 600 people across the Southwest U S sent emails to the Corps The Corps responded Thank you for the comment It will be considered prior to decision making end Posted in Uncategorized Take Action To Protect The Colorado River Posted on September 21 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River I need you to take action today click here to send an email to the U S Army Corps of Engineers The U S Army Corps of Engineers is on the verge of issuing a Record of Decision on two dam diversion projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River to supply even more water to the sprawling Denver area metropolis most of which will be used to keep lawns green in the semi desert environment However the Corps has so far completely failed to analyze the role climate change will play if these projects move forward The two dam diversion projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project in Grand County Colorado would take an average of 50 000 acre feet of new water out of the Colorado River and in wet years they could take up to 100 000 acre feet of water out of the river over 32 BILLION GALLONS At the very same time the Colorado River is already stretched beyond the breaking point downstream and on the verge of having shortage declarations in Arizona Nevada and Southern California Further climate change models are putting a bullseye on the Colorado River ecosystem and predicting that flows in the river could decrease 9 30 in a hotter drier climate changed world NASA says climate change could cause a MEGADROUGHT in the Southwest U S Yet the U S Army Corps of Engineers is considering new dam diversion projects without even analyzing climate change Click here to send an email to the Army Corps The Environmental Impact Statement documents for these two projects must analyze climate change in order to comply with federal law We sent the Army Corps two long technical documents about how climate change needs to be analyzed and now its your turn to speak directly to the Army Corps Don t let the Army Corps issue a Record of Decision on these two projects until they analyze the role the new dams diversions will play in escalating shortages and a call on the river as climate change further threatens the river and water supply system in the Southwest U S Click Here To Send An Email To The Army Corps Thank you for taking action Posted in Take Action Uncategorized Top 5 Problems With Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan Posted on September 15 2015 by admin From Save The Colorado To Colorado Water Conservation Board Re Comments on Draft 2 of Colorado Water Plan Date September 15 2015 1 We disagree with the premise put forward in Governor Hickenlooper s Executive Order and carried forward in Draft 2 of the Plan that agriculture must be protected If farmers want to sell their water that s their business Further transferring water from farms to cities whether by traditional or alternative methods is always a less environmentally damaging and more practicable alternative as opposed to further draining and destroying rivers The Colorado Water Plan should support transferring water from farms to cities in order to meet new demand 2 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on meeting new demand by building more dams and diversions on Colorado s rivers The Plan should solely focus on water supply alternatives including conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and transferring water from farms 3 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on streamlining permitting processes These permitting process were enacted by our forefathers and foremothers to make sure due public process and environmental protection were guaranteed as a public right and responsibility when large scale environmental damage is proposed by new dams diversions The Plan should protect and enhance permitting so as to better protect and restore rivers 4 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan does not focus enough on protecting and restoring Colorado s rivers including dam removal nor enough on providing funding for stream and habitat protection 5 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop leaves the state in a river that is not required by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy the Colorado Water Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines Thank you for considering our comments Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado The mission of Save The Colorado is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea Save The Colorado focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects supporting alternatives to dams and diversions fighting and adapting to climate change supporting river and fish species restoration and removing deadbeat dams Save The Colorado has thousands of supporters throughout the Southwest U S from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Will GODZILLA El Nino Save Us Posted on August 31 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Will GODZILLA save us Seriously that s the talk of water managers in the Colorado River basin these days A few months ago water managers across the basin breathed a huge sigh of relief when Miracle Rains happened in Colorado and Wyoming which put off the first ever water shortage declaration on the Colorado River until 2017 Two weeks ago the Associated Press gave me a call and ask me my thoughts about this change and here s what I said The water supply situation is getting worse but not as fast as it was prior to the miracle rains in May and June in Colorado There s no sustainable path forward unless water supply managers make consequential change or unless the climate gets wetter see New York Times story here And now believe it or not water supply managers seem to be banking on the climate getting wetter at least in the short term in the form of GODZILLA El Nino this coming winter see this Los Angeles Times article here Past El Ninos have brought record rainfall to Southern California and the far southwest U S and that is a good thing But Save The Colorado believes water managers should be planning on protecting the Colorado River and its water supplies in case Miracles and Godzilla don t come to save us As we ve noted time and time again and as I repeat in my latest High Country News column here water managers in Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico are proposing more and more dams and diversions which will drain the Colorado River even farther and imperil the health of the river and water supplies for the Southwest U S My column is titled While the Animas River spill is eye catching Western rivers face an even bigger threat and was syndicated throughout the West by the Writers on the Range news service I went further on the record last night in this Colorado Channel 9 TV News story here where I chastised the State of Colorado from which over 50 of the Colorado River s flow originates in its mountains for planning for even more dams and diversions in its Colorado Water Plan process Over the past few months we have asked you all several times to weigh in on the Colorado Water Plan and send emails asking for more conservation and no new dams Well in the second draft of the Plan they are asking for both an all of the above water policy that both conserves water and further destroys our rivers That s why Save The Colorado believes we need more immediate and proactive measures to protect the river and water supplies We support Stopping all new dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries Dramatically ramping up water conservation programs in cities across the Southwest U S that depend on Colorado River water Aggressively rethinking and changing the use of agricultural water so that low value crops and wasteful irrigation methods are phased out Storing water in underground aquifers rather than in above ground reservoirs where the water evaporates and seeps away costing the Colorado River over 1 10th of its entire flow Changing the Colorado River Compact so that it s based on real science about how much water flows in the river and on likely decreases in water due to climate change Restoring a small permanent flow of water back to the Colorado River Delta where the river no longer meets the sea All of this is possible And all of this can happen if we all stick together and move forward to make it happen Last week Save The Colorado went on an amazing raft trip on the Green River through Gates of Lodore and Echo Canyon Talking with friends and colleagues we envision a future for the Colorado River that protects this amazing resource for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that depend on it for survival in a world that is increasingly uncertain due to climate change The time to plan and act is now Water managers may be depending on Miracles and Godzilla but we are not Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more news and action Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Water Storage at Lowest Point in History Posted on August 6 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Bad News Despite the heavy rains in Colorado this May and June it barely made a dent in the declining health of the Colorado River and its water storage at Lakes Powell and Mead In fact the lake levels continue to fall and are now at the lowest combined storage level in history See the graph to the left provided to us by John Fleck at the

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  • Colorado River Update: Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board! | Save the Colorado
    ve noted to you many times multiple new dam diversion pipeline and reservoir projects are currently in the permitting process with the Bureau of Reclamation Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission around the Colorado River basin You thought the era big dam building was over You were wrong unfortunately Save The Colorado is leading the charge to address all of these threats in Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico and we re helping to support our dam fighting colleagues in every place we can In 2016 we expect to see Records of Decisions about two projects in Colorado and we expect to do our very best to fight these projects and protect the Colorado River from these threats How many more walls of river destroying cement should we allow to be poured along the Colorado River NONE in our opinion Stay tuned for the action 2016 is going to be an exciting year If you live along the Front Range of Colorado please join us at this great event Friday night Our most esteemed friend and colleague and renowned nature photographer John Fielder is giving a talk and slide show about his great new book Colorado s Yampa River Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green As you may know the Yampa River is one of the ONLY rivers in the Colorado River basin that is still mostly free flowing and we want to help keep it that way John will show his amazing photos tell about his trips along the Yampa and sell his books to the audience The event is at the Twisted Pine Brewery in Boulder Colorado and is FREE and open to the public Although the Yampa is still free flowing the dam building rascals in the Denver metro

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  • admin | Save the Colorado
    tributaries In 2015 we told everybody Not On Our Watch We ve intervened in the legal process for two projects in Colorado and one in Utah and we are watching proposed projects in Wyoming and New Mexico like a dog staring into a butcher shop That s right Not On Our Watch Our team of scientists and attorneys is working hard and keeping track of every nuance of the permitting processes Due in part to our intense bird dogging all of the projects have so far been delayed into 2016 and we are poised to take legal action should a project receive a permit 2 We fought the Colorado Water Plan process and made some headway against the dam builders The state of Colorado is very important to the Colorado River because more than half of all of the flow in the river starts as rain and snow in the mountains of Colorado So what happens in Colorado does not stay in Colorado The end product was a draw we pushed hard for a lot of conservation to be in the plan and our opponents pushed hard for more storage in the plan In 2016 we ll continue fighting for saner water policies in the state of Colorado 3 We made climate change a big part of our work because it is one of the biggest threats to the Colorado River We have pushed the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers to study climate change on the river and to study how methane emissions from dams and reservoirs make climate change worse Scientists predict that climate change could decrease flows in the river by up to 30 we will continue to badger the federal permitting agencies that they have to take climate change seriously 4 We joined the fight to create the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument We joined a coalition of dozens of groups and organizations to push for the monument which among other things would ban uranium mining near the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 5 We helped host the International Waterkeeper conference in Boulder Colorado In June of 2015 nearly 300 water advocates from across the globe convened in Boulder Save The Colorado was right in the middle of it sharing the story of the river and its challenges to the international activists Highlights of the conference were amazing speeches by Robert F Kennedy Jr and Tim deChristopher 6 We helped promote Dan Beard s new book Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau or Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam Dan who is the former Commissioner of the U S Bureau of Reclamation appointed by President Clinton is one of the most compelling voices in the river protection movement today We are delighted to help promote his book and ideas We also increased our connections to the amazing team of filmmakers at DamNation Movie together we are all working to fight new proposed dams and tear down some old ones in the Colorado River basin 7 We made new friends and connections in Southern California In June of 2015 we went on a tour of Southern California water agencies We met with the Imperial Irrigation District Metropolitan Water District Coachella Valley Water District San Diego County Water District and Colorado River Board of California The highlight of the trip was visiting with Director and Board of the Imperial Irrigation District which is the single biggest diverter of Colorado River water in the whole system After lots of interesting discussion we reached a point of agreement the more water that flows to the end of the river the better Yes environmentalists and farmers can reach an agreement it was a great conversation 8 We joined the Keep It In The Ground coalition The mining of fossil fuels is one of the big polluters in the Colorado River basin and the mining and burning of these fossil fuels is making climate change worse We are super excited to join this massive coalition to stop fossil fuel extraction on the public lands of the American West which completely surround the Colorado River 9 We pushed everywhere continually for more conservation conservation conservation We have pushed city governments state governments the federal government water agencies dam builders farmers an unbelievable amount of Colorado River water is wasted every year and conservation is the fastest easiest cheapest way for everyone to get more water 10 Finally in 2015 we reached out to you dozens of times to ask for your help and you responded You sent over 2 000 emails to state and federal decision makers you joined us in public meetings to fight dams you provided lots of input into our work you followed us by the thousands on Facebook 45 000 fans you followed us on twitter and you JOINED SAVE THE COLORADO as members If you haven t yet joined all you have to do is make a donation PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK and you re in Finally we leave you with the most popular photo of the year from our Facebook page below Thank you for all of your amazing support stay tuned for more river saving action in 2016 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Posted on December 2 2015 by admin For Immediate Release Dec 2 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Zach Frankel Utah Rivers Council 801 699 1856 Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion 2 Billion Pipeline Being Proposed for America s Most Wasteful Water Users Colorado River USA The State of Utah submitted its application today to the federal government for approval of the largest new diversion of water from the Colorado River The proposed Lake Powell Pipeline would divert 86 000 acre feet of Colorado River water for municipal use in Southwest Utah The multi billion dollar pipeline would pump this water 2 000 feet uphill across 140 miles of desert to deliver the equivalent annual water usage of 700 000 average Americans to just 180 000 people in St George Utah This water use inequity can be explained by the extremely high water use of St George residents who are using 294 gallons per capita day roughly twice the water use of Phoenix Albuquerque and Denver residents per person The proponent of the pipeline the Utah Division of Water Resources has spent 8 years and 27 million on the application and claims the pipeline is needed to prevent St George from running out of water Critics are lining up to question this claim The Lake Powell Pipeline is an unnecessary and grotesquely expensive waste of taxpayer money said former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Dan Beard Southwest Utah has hundreds of alternatives for addressing their future water problems and the justification for the pipeline is based on fictitious and bloated water consumption figures that even the experts at the Utah Legislature dispute The Lake Powell Pipeline is a complete nightmare said Zach Frankel Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council The biggest proposed diversion of the Colorado River during an epic drought going to the nation s most wasteful water users with a staggering price tag just to keep communities outside Utah from using this water The Lake Powell Pipeline is a billion dollar boondoggle that would have disastrous environmental impacts on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner Executive Director of Save the Colorado The Colorado is already stretched to the breaking point water supplies are at the brink in Las Vegas Arizona and Southern California Taking more water out of this river is completely nonsensical Located immediately upstream of the Grand Canyon the diversion would reduce flows available for fish and wildlife species over hundreds of miles of the Colorado River and make restoration efforts at the Colorado Delta much more difficult It would also impact the millions of residents throughout the Southwest who are much more conscientious with their water use The pipeline is unfortunate and incredibly irresponsible considering drought conditions across the West for Utah to spend billions of dollars to deliver Colorado River water to America s most wasteful water users said Pete Nichols National Director for the Waterkeeper Alliance The would be recipients of pipeline water have some of the cheapest water rates in the nation paying only a small fraction of the price for water that Los Angeles residents pay These cheap rates explain why St George has some of the highest per person water use in the entire U S Adjusted for inflation the Lake Powell Pipeline will cost as much as it did to make Hoover Dam operational said John Weisheit Executive Director of Living Rivers the Colorado Riverkeeper In 1934 there was about 8 million acre feet of surplus in the Colorado River basin That surplus vanished in 2003 Critics also point to the inflation of water use data by the Division of Water Resources as one of many reasons why the pipeline isn t necessary as well as the many inexpensive alternatives which are being ignored These alternatives are documented in a May 2015 Legislative Audit which found that water conservation is not being implemented as aggressively as many other western cities including Las Vegas For example while California is trying to reduce water use by 25 this year Utah is trying to reduce municipal water use by just 1 even though Utah residents are America s biggest users of municipal water per person according to the U S G S The Division is submitting their application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC and the decision making process is anticipated to take several years The LPP proposal should be immediately withdrawn If not FERC should kill the project said Beard Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Posted on November 24 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River First your voice made a difference A few weeks ago we asked you to send emails to the U S Army Corps of Engineers asking them to study climate change in their analyses of proposed dam projects in Colorado Over 750 of you sent those emails and the Army Corps responded by saying they are delaying the permit decisions on those two projects until 2016 see our press release here As we ve discussed several times in these blog posts the Colorado River is already severely drained and depleted and so it makes no sense to be draining even more water out of it at the top of the basin We are happy that the Army Corps has delayed the permit decision on these projects and while we remain hopeful that the Army Corps will deny the permits we stand ready to fight the permits if the projects are approved The two projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project would take an additional 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River further threatening the ecological health of the river and the species that depend on it for survival Thank you for speaking out we will remain vigilant Second we are going to need your voice again in the near future The State of Utah has indicated that they will be formally launching the permitting process for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline This pipeline would be a massive boondoggle to drain more water 90 000 acre feet out of the Colorado River near Lake Powell and pipe it over to Southwest Utah to fuel and subsidize exponential population growth Working with our environmental colleagues in Utah we are going to tackle this fight head on throughout the permitting process A scientific study by Western Resource Advocates proved that the project was unnecessary read it here and an economic study done by university economists in Utah indicated that the project would basically bankrupt the county that is proposing the pipeline by raising water rates astronomically read it here We remain committed to fighting this project and we will let you know when it s the right time to send emails phone calls and letters to the federal government in the coming months Third some mixed news in Colorado Over the past year 1 750 of you sent emails to the State of Colorado urging them to focus on water conservation and river protection as they drafted the Colorado Water Plan Just last week the water plan was delivered to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper and it contains some good news and some bad news I wrote a column titled Colorado Water Plan A Missed Opportunity which has appeared in several newspapers in Colorado The Colorado Water Plan does indeed focus on water conservation and it has some OK ideas in it about river protection But it also contains plans for 400 000 acre feet of new storage which essentially means more dams diversions and reservoirs So we made some progress in this endeavor but we are going to have to remain vigilant in the future We are deeply committed to stopping new dams and diversions and to protecting the Colorado River and its tributaries in Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico Speaking of New Mexico some bad news there Yesterday the U S Dept of Interior decided to move forward with permitting studies for the proposed Gila River Diversion which would take a new 12 000 acre feet of water out of the Gila River in New Mexico read the news story here Despite a massive outcry from local river advocates in New Mexico and despite getting 2 500 emails from you folks on this email list the federal government is moving forward with this zombie water project anyway The permitting process can take years and we offer our support to the local groups in New Mexico that are fighting the project Once again the federal government dropped the ball and is considering this river draining project when they should have focused on water conservation and efficiency We will keep you informed about when to weigh in with phone calls emails and letters as the permitting process moves forward What will El Nino do to Southern Calfornia and the Colorado River Forecasters predict that this El Nino will be the strongest in recorded history and may drench Southern California through the winter and spring of 2015 and 2016 Take a look at this Los Angeles Times story Massive El Nino gains strength may drench key California drought zone If the El Nino also drops a lot of snow on the Rocky Mountains in Utah Colorado and Wyoming it may fundamentally change the drought situation throughout the Colorado River system and the Southwest U S Scientists also believe that the massive El Nino has been made worse by climate change and may wreak havoc across the globe bringing droughts and floods to different areas of the planet We will keep you informed about how the El Nino progresses so that our programs to protect and restore the Colorado River are pertinent and timely in 2016 and beyond Finally did you know that wild turkeys are native species to much of the Colorado River ecosystem and when a group of turkeys get together it is called a rafter Enjoy your Thanksgiving Stay tuned for more news you can use and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado Water Plan a Missed Opportunity Posted on November 19 2015 by admin Media Statement Nov 19 2015 Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner 970 218 8310 The Colorado Water Plan has been a missed opportunity Instead of focusing on changing the system to be more sustainable using conservation growth management and sharing water with farmers the Plan also proposes to further drain and destroy the already degraded rivers of Colorado and even across state lines In the climate changed world we increasingly face Colorado needs systemic change in its water policies to ensure river protection as well as water supplies for people Our organization is committed to fighting to stop new dams and diversions and to protecting the rivers of Colorado for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that rely on rivers for their survival Gary Wockner Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado 970 218 8310 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Posted on November 6 2015 by admin For Immediate Release November 6 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Denver CO Today the U S Army Corps of Engineers again delayed its Record of Decision for Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project an extremely controversial scheme to further drain the Upper Colorado River massively expand a dam in Boulder County Colorado and send more water to the sprawling Denver suburbs The notice is on the Corps website here http www nwo usace army mil Missions RegulatoryProgram Colorado EISMoffat aspx The new date for the decision is 2016 which was just changed from Fall of 2015 Over the last few months Save The Colorado has been intensely bird dogging the project Over 700 Save The Colorado supporters sent emails to the Corps demanding that the Corps consider climate change in the permitting process which the Corps so far has not Further Save The Colorado sent a detailed technical analysis to the Corps pointing out that Denver Water doesn t even need more water In fact as Denver s population has increased their total water use has actually decreased This river destroying scheme is unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado of the 350 million project Denver Water doesn t even need the water and the Corps has not considered climate change in its analysis Save The Colorado analysis sent to

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  • Uncategorized | Save the Colorado
    tributaries In 2015 we told everybody Not On Our Watch We ve intervened in the legal process for two projects in Colorado and one in Utah and we are watching proposed projects in Wyoming and New Mexico like a dog staring into a butcher shop That s right Not On Our Watch Our team of scientists and attorneys is working hard and keeping track of every nuance of the permitting processes Due in part to our intense bird dogging all of the projects have so far been delayed into 2016 and we are poised to take legal action should a project receive a permit 2 We fought the Colorado Water Plan process and made some headway against the dam builders The state of Colorado is very important to the Colorado River because more than half of all of the flow in the river starts as rain and snow in the mountains of Colorado So what happens in Colorado does not stay in Colorado The end product was a draw we pushed hard for a lot of conservation to be in the plan and our opponents pushed hard for more storage in the plan In 2016 we ll continue fighting for saner water policies in the state of Colorado 3 We made climate change a big part of our work because it is one of the biggest threats to the Colorado River We have pushed the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers to study climate change on the river and to study how methane emissions from dams and reservoirs make climate change worse Scientists predict that climate change could decrease flows in the river by up to 30 we will continue to badger the federal permitting agencies that they have to take climate change seriously 4 We joined the fight to create the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument We joined a coalition of dozens of groups and organizations to push for the monument which among other things would ban uranium mining near the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 5 We helped host the International Waterkeeper conference in Boulder Colorado In June of 2015 nearly 300 water advocates from across the globe convened in Boulder Save The Colorado was right in the middle of it sharing the story of the river and its challenges to the international activists Highlights of the conference were amazing speeches by Robert F Kennedy Jr and Tim deChristopher 6 We helped promote Dan Beard s new book Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau or Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam Dan who is the former Commissioner of the U S Bureau of Reclamation appointed by President Clinton is one of the most compelling voices in the river protection movement today We are delighted to help promote his book and ideas We also increased our connections to the amazing team of filmmakers at DamNation Movie together we are all working to fight new proposed dams and tear down some old ones in the Colorado River basin 7 We made new friends and connections in Southern California In June of 2015 we went on a tour of Southern California water agencies We met with the Imperial Irrigation District Metropolitan Water District Coachella Valley Water District San Diego County Water District and Colorado River Board of California The highlight of the trip was visiting with Director and Board of the Imperial Irrigation District which is the single biggest diverter of Colorado River water in the whole system After lots of interesting discussion we reached a point of agreement the more water that flows to the end of the river the better Yes environmentalists and farmers can reach an agreement it was a great conversation 8 We joined the Keep It In The Ground coalition The mining of fossil fuels is one of the big polluters in the Colorado River basin and the mining and burning of these fossil fuels is making climate change worse We are super excited to join this massive coalition to stop fossil fuel extraction on the public lands of the American West which completely surround the Colorado River 9 We pushed everywhere continually for more conservation conservation conservation We have pushed city governments state governments the federal government water agencies dam builders farmers an unbelievable amount of Colorado River water is wasted every year and conservation is the fastest easiest cheapest way for everyone to get more water 10 Finally in 2015 we reached out to you dozens of times to ask for your help and you responded You sent over 2 000 emails to state and federal decision makers you joined us in public meetings to fight dams you provided lots of input into our work you followed us by the thousands on Facebook 45 000 fans you followed us on twitter and you JOINED SAVE THE COLORADO as members If you haven t yet joined all you have to do is make a donation PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK and you re in Finally we leave you with the most popular photo of the year from our Facebook page below Thank you for all of your amazing support stay tuned for more river saving action in 2016 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Posted on December 2 2015 by admin For Immediate Release Dec 2 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Zach Frankel Utah Rivers Council 801 699 1856 Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion 2 Billion Pipeline Being Proposed for America s Most Wasteful Water Users Colorado River USA The State of Utah submitted its application today to the federal government for approval of the largest new diversion of water from the Colorado River The proposed Lake Powell Pipeline would divert 86 000 acre feet of Colorado River water for municipal use in Southwest Utah The multi billion dollar pipeline would pump this water 2 000 feet uphill across 140 miles of desert to deliver the equivalent annual water usage of 700 000 average Americans to just 180 000 people in St George Utah This water use inequity can be explained by the extremely high water use of St George residents who are using 294 gallons per capita day roughly twice the water use of Phoenix Albuquerque and Denver residents per person The proponent of the pipeline the Utah Division of Water Resources has spent 8 years and 27 million on the application and claims the pipeline is needed to prevent St George from running out of water Critics are lining up to question this claim The Lake Powell Pipeline is an unnecessary and grotesquely expensive waste of taxpayer money said former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Dan Beard Southwest Utah has hundreds of alternatives for addressing their future water problems and the justification for the pipeline is based on fictitious and bloated water consumption figures that even the experts at the Utah Legislature dispute The Lake Powell Pipeline is a complete nightmare said Zach Frankel Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council The biggest proposed diversion of the Colorado River during an epic drought going to the nation s most wasteful water users with a staggering price tag just to keep communities outside Utah from using this water The Lake Powell Pipeline is a billion dollar boondoggle that would have disastrous environmental impacts on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner Executive Director of Save the Colorado The Colorado is already stretched to the breaking point water supplies are at the brink in Las Vegas Arizona and Southern California Taking more water out of this river is completely nonsensical Located immediately upstream of the Grand Canyon the diversion would reduce flows available for fish and wildlife species over hundreds of miles of the Colorado River and make restoration efforts at the Colorado Delta much more difficult It would also impact the millions of residents throughout the Southwest who are much more conscientious with their water use The pipeline is unfortunate and incredibly irresponsible considering drought conditions across the West for Utah to spend billions of dollars to deliver Colorado River water to America s most wasteful water users said Pete Nichols National Director for the Waterkeeper Alliance The would be recipients of pipeline water have some of the cheapest water rates in the nation paying only a small fraction of the price for water that Los Angeles residents pay These cheap rates explain why St George has some of the highest per person water use in the entire U S Adjusted for inflation the Lake Powell Pipeline will cost as much as it did to make Hoover Dam operational said John Weisheit Executive Director of Living Rivers the Colorado Riverkeeper In 1934 there was about 8 million acre feet of surplus in the Colorado River basin That surplus vanished in 2003 Critics also point to the inflation of water use data by the Division of Water Resources as one of many reasons why the pipeline isn t necessary as well as the many inexpensive alternatives which are being ignored These alternatives are documented in a May 2015 Legislative Audit which found that water conservation is not being implemented as aggressively as many other western cities including Las Vegas For example while California is trying to reduce water use by 25 this year Utah is trying to reduce municipal water use by just 1 even though Utah residents are America s biggest users of municipal water per person according to the U S G S The Division is submitting their application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC and the decision making process is anticipated to take several years The LPP proposal should be immediately withdrawn If not FERC should kill the project said Beard Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Posted on November 24 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River First your voice made a difference A few weeks ago we asked you to send emails to the U S Army Corps of Engineers asking them to study climate change in their analyses of proposed dam projects in Colorado Over 750 of you sent those emails and the Army Corps responded by saying they are delaying the permit decisions on those two projects until 2016 see our press release here As we ve discussed several times in these blog posts the Colorado River is already severely drained and depleted and so it makes no sense to be draining even more water out of it at the top of the basin We are happy that the Army Corps has delayed the permit decision on these projects and while we remain hopeful that the Army Corps will deny the permits we stand ready to fight the permits if the projects are approved The two projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project would take an additional 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River further threatening the ecological health of the river and the species that depend on it for survival Thank you for speaking out we will remain vigilant Second we are going to need your voice again in the near future The State of Utah has indicated that they will be formally launching the permitting process for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline This pipeline would be a massive boondoggle to drain more water 90 000 acre feet out of the Colorado River near Lake Powell and pipe it over to Southwest Utah to fuel and subsidize exponential population growth Working with our environmental colleagues in Utah we are going to tackle this fight head on throughout the permitting process A scientific study by Western Resource Advocates proved that the project was unnecessary read it here and an economic study done by university economists in Utah indicated that the project would basically bankrupt the county that is proposing the pipeline by raising water rates astronomically read it here We remain committed to fighting this project and we will let you know when it s the right time to send emails phone calls and letters to the federal government in the coming months Third some mixed news in Colorado Over the past year 1 750 of you sent emails to the State of Colorado urging them to focus on water conservation and river protection as they drafted the Colorado Water Plan Just last week the water plan was delivered to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper and it contains some good news and some bad news I wrote a column titled Colorado Water Plan A Missed Opportunity which has appeared in several newspapers in Colorado The Colorado Water Plan does indeed focus on water conservation and it has some OK ideas in it about river protection But it also contains plans for 400 000 acre feet of new storage which essentially means more dams diversions and reservoirs So we made some progress in this endeavor but we are going to have to remain vigilant in the future We are deeply committed to stopping new dams and diversions and to protecting the Colorado River and its tributaries in Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico Speaking of New Mexico some bad news there Yesterday the U S Dept of Interior decided to move forward with permitting studies for the proposed Gila River Diversion which would take a new 12 000 acre feet of water out of the Gila River in New Mexico read the news story here Despite a massive outcry from local river advocates in New Mexico and despite getting 2 500 emails from you folks on this email list the federal government is moving forward with this zombie water project anyway The permitting process can take years and we offer our support to the local groups in New Mexico that are fighting the project Once again the federal government dropped the ball and is considering this river draining project when they should have focused on water conservation and efficiency We will keep you informed about when to weigh in with phone calls emails and letters as the permitting process moves forward What will El Nino do to Southern Calfornia and the Colorado River Forecasters predict that this El Nino will be the strongest in recorded history and may drench Southern California through the winter and spring of 2015 and 2016 Take a look at this Los Angeles Times story Massive El Nino gains strength may drench key California drought zone If the El Nino also drops a lot of snow on the Rocky Mountains in Utah Colorado and Wyoming it may fundamentally change the drought situation throughout the Colorado River system and the Southwest U S Scientists also believe that the massive El Nino has been made worse by climate change and may wreak havoc across the globe bringing droughts and floods to different areas of the planet We will keep you informed about how the El Nino progresses so that our programs to protect and restore the Colorado River are pertinent and timely in 2016 and beyond Finally did you know that wild turkeys are native species to much of the Colorado River ecosystem and when a group of turkeys get together it is called a rafter Enjoy your Thanksgiving Stay tuned for more news you can use and thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado Water Plan a Missed Opportunity Posted on November 19 2015 by admin Media Statement Nov 19 2015 Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner 970 218 8310 The Colorado Water Plan has been a missed opportunity Instead of focusing on changing the system to be more sustainable using conservation growth management and sharing water with farmers the Plan also proposes to further drain and destroy the already degraded rivers of Colorado and even across state lines In the climate changed world we increasingly face Colorado needs systemic change in its water policies to ensure river protection as well as water supplies for people Our organization is committed to fighting to stop new dams and diversions and to protecting the rivers of Colorado for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that rely on rivers for their survival Gary Wockner Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado 970 218 8310 Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Posted on November 6 2015 by admin For Immediate Release November 6 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 DENVER WATER S MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT DELAYED AGAIN Denver CO Today the U S Army Corps of Engineers again delayed its Record of Decision for Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project an extremely controversial scheme to further drain the Upper Colorado River massively expand a dam in Boulder County Colorado and send more water to the sprawling Denver suburbs The notice is on the Corps website here http www nwo usace army mil Missions RegulatoryProgram Colorado EISMoffat aspx The new date for the decision is 2016 which was just changed from Fall of 2015 Over the last few months Save The Colorado has been intensely bird dogging the project Over 700 Save The Colorado supporters sent emails to the Corps demanding that the Corps consider climate change in the permitting process which the Corps so far has not Further Save The Colorado sent a detailed technical analysis to the Corps pointing out that Denver Water doesn t even need more water In fact as Denver s population has increased their total water use has actually decreased This river destroying scheme is unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado of the 350 million project Denver Water doesn t even need the water and the Corps has not considered climate change in its analysis Save The Colorado analysis sent to

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  • PRESS RELEASE: California Waterkeepers Support Transferring CA Water to CORiver Delta | Save the Colorado
    completely dry all 5 trillion gallons drained out every single year and California gets more water than any other state the mission of the Colorado River Board of California includes maintaining or increasing California s share of the river Coastkeeper Alliance and other groups are calling on the State Water Board to change laws and policies that perpetuate this environmentally destructive and unsustainable practice For example in the emergency drought regulations currently pending before the State Water Board Coastkeeper Alliance has requested that the State Water Board require that water suppliers reduce imports from the Colorado River and other impaired systems before qualifying for adjustments to the emergency drought regulations Winston Churchill once said We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign The Colorado River is drained bone dry and California has a great opportunity to restore a piece of this amazing river system that has given its entire life to make Southern California inhabitable In 2014 the United States and Mexico reached an agreement to do a pulse flow which sent a small amount of water in one 6 week pulse back to the Colorado River Delta and the Gulf of California The agreement and release of water made international news as it temporarily restored a sliver of the river system in the Delta Over 2 million acres of wetlands which used to be the biggest migratory bird sanctuary in the Southwest has been drained bone dry over the last 50 years The U S and Mexico are currently discussing a new agreement to do another pulse flow as well as a base flow to keep the river flowing all year The resolution supports Transferring enough of California

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  • Colorado River Update! Are you READY TO RUMBLE in 2016? | Save the Colorado
    in the plan and our opponents pushed hard for more storage in the plan In 2016 we ll continue fighting for saner water policies in the state of Colorado 3 We made climate change a big part of our work because it is one of the biggest threats to the Colorado River We have pushed the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers to study climate change on the river and to study how methane emissions from dams and reservoirs make climate change worse Scientists predict that climate change could decrease flows in the river by up to 30 we will continue to badger the federal permitting agencies that they have to take climate change seriously 4 We joined the fight to create the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument We joined a coalition of dozens of groups and organizations to push for the monument which among other things would ban uranium mining near the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 5 We helped host the International Waterkeeper conference in Boulder Colorado In June of 2015 nearly 300 water advocates from across the globe convened in Boulder Save The Colorado was right in the middle of it sharing the story of the river and its challenges to the international activists Highlights of the conference were amazing speeches by Robert F Kennedy Jr and Tim deChristopher 6 We helped promote Dan Beard s new book Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau or Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam Dan who is the former Commissioner of the U S Bureau of Reclamation appointed by President Clinton is one of the most compelling voices in the river protection movement today We are delighted to help promote his book and ideas We also increased our connections to the amazing team of filmmakers at DamNation Movie together we are all working to fight new proposed dams and tear down some old ones in the Colorado River basin 7 We made new friends and connections in Southern California In June of 2015 we went on a tour of Southern California water agencies We met with the Imperial Irrigation District Metropolitan Water District Coachella Valley Water District San Diego County Water District and Colorado River Board of California The highlight of the trip was visiting with Director and Board of the Imperial Irrigation District which is the single biggest diverter of Colorado River water in the whole system After lots of interesting discussion we reached a point of agreement the more water that flows to the end of the river the better Yes environmentalists and farmers can reach an agreement it was a great conversation 8 We joined the Keep It In The Ground coalition The mining of fossil fuels is one of the big polluters in the Colorado River basin and the mining and burning of these fossil fuels is making climate change worse We are super excited to join this massive coalition to stop fossil fuel extraction on the public lands

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