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    growing populations while decreasing their reliance on the Colorado River Enter Waterkeepers San Diego Orange and Los Angeles Counties all have Waterkeepers non profit environmental groups affiliated with the New York based Waterkeeper Alliance that work to address the two issues above ocean and beach health and water supply sustainability San Diego Coastkeeper Orange County Coastkeeper and Los Angeles Waterkeeper are all environmental groups that have staff working on ocean protection and water supply issues and have received grants from the Save The Colorado River campaign for addressing alternative water supply opportunities Orange County Coastkeeper Orange County has one of the most aggressive alternative water supply programs in the U S The Director of the organization Garry Brown has been helping to lead that effort for many years Orange County and its several municipal and regional water suppliers have forged ahead and built the world s largest indirect potable resuse wastewater recycling facility They ve also spearheaded programs around groundwater recharge and stormwater retainment In the near future the area as well as the Coastkeeper organization are proposing to work on stormwater capture and recycling programs that in the words of Garry Brown can make Orange County be 100 water supply sustainable Brown even foresees a day when Orange County could wean itself off of Colorado River water and just use it for backup and drought protection San Diego Coastkeeper San Diego has also implemented a smaller scale wastewater recycling facility that is capable of purifying about 1 million gallons of water per day This water supply is a demonstration project intended to help pave the way for a larger conversation about increased capacity for wastewater recycling In addition San Diego is just beginning to have a conversation about stormwater capture and reuse Jill Witkowski who heads up this work for the organization and helps direct the regional Water Reliability Coalition foresees plenty of opportunity to recycle both stormwater and wastewater in San Diego The City and County Water Authorities are both considering programs and the Coastkeeper is helping to push that conversation forward Los Angeles Waterkeeper The Los Angeles area has recently launched a conversation with several local governments about stormwater capture and reuse The opportunities for reuse and recycling in Los Angeles County are immense because much of the urban surface is paved or developed and abuts the ocean or streams running near and directly into the ocean The Los Angeles Waterkeeper led by Liz Crosson is helping to spearhead this conversation by working together with regional governmental agencies As in the other areas of Southern California capturing and recycling stormwater in Los Angeles may be significantly less expensive than buying more water rights or pursuing desalination and thus appeals to a wide variety of stakeholders The Save The Colorado River campaign supports this work of the Southern California Waterkeepers because we see it as the cutting edge of where the rest of the Colorado River basin needs to go in terms of alternative water supply planning Because

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    Rivers 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

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    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 environmental groups in Southern California to learn more about their alternative water supply programs Parts of Southern California are aggressively moving forward with water conservation wastewater reuse and recycling and increasingly with stormwater recycling programs The single biggest polluter of Southern California s beaches is stormwater runoff and so groups like the San Diego Coastkeeper Orange County Coastkeeper and Los Angeles Waterkeeper are promoting programs to capture and recycle stormwater as an alternative water supply source instead of further draining and destroying the Colorado River We wrote a blog on the topic please click through and read here Will the U S Department of Interior save the Colorado River Two weeks ago the U S Dept of Interior launched its Next Steps in the Colorado River Basin Study Assistant Secretary of Interior Anne Castle has been a strong proponent of moving forward with the Basin Study to provide water to the growing Southwest U S as well as to create healthy flows in the river itself The Basin Study created work groups that are doing further analysis on these topics and propose to come up with action plans in the future the members of the work groups are listed here In addition Assistant Secretary Castle authored an editorial in the Arizona Central here outlining her hope for how the work groups will move forward in the next steps Titled Next Steps To Sustainability Begin Today On The Colorado River Castle discusses how we are all in this together and what the Department of Interior hopes to achieve Does what happen in Vegas stays in Vegas Las Vegas continues to be in a swirl of controversy around its effort to mine groundwater from hundreds of miles north in Nevada and Utah This week a court continues to move forward with the lawsuits surrounding Las Vegas plans to get more water to slake the thirst of continued population growth read the story here In addition Las Vegas made news again this week because its Third Straw pipeline continues to be delayed Due to the declining water levels in Lake Mead Las Vegas is spending nearly a billion dollars drilling a massive pipeline under Lake Mead in order to pull its share of water out of the Colorado River read the story here Both of these issues bring up an important question are there better alternatives than massive billion dollar pipeline projects Throughout the Colorado River basin and in the Basin Study discussed above we see cities and states talking the talk but not really walking the walk about alternatives including water conservation water recycling water reuse and growth management States and cities need to do better we are watching you Stay tuned for our weekly updates about the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Can Saving Southern California s Beaches Save The Colorado River Posted on June 7 2013 by admin Let s start with 2 questions 1 What is one of the most significant actions a Colorado River basin city can take to meet its future water supply needs and protect the Colorado River 2 What is one of the most significant actions a Southern California coastal city can take to meet its future water supply needs and protect its beaches and nearby ocean And now let s answer to both questions Water Recycling and Reuse As water supplies are stretched thinner throughout the Colorado River basin inland cities such as Las Vegas Salt Lake City Denver Phoenix Tucson and Albuquerque should look to Southern California for partial answers to water supply challenges Coastal Southern California cities are in a unique

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    the Colorado River Please click here to tell Governor John Hickenlooper Focus on water conservation in Colorado The Colorado River begins in the state of Colorado and that s where policies to protect the Colorado River should also begin In January in his State of the State speech Governor Hickenlooper spoke about Colorado s water supply challenges He made a bold statement Every discussion about water should start with conservation Watch the video of him saying it by clicking here Unfortunately Governor Hickenlooper has been all over the board in his statements about water over the past two years he s supported dams fracking and funding to study huge pipelines Right now he needs to hear from you so we can help steer him in the right direction Click here to sign the Care2 com petition to tell Governor Hickenlooper not to focus on dams fracking or pipelines but to focus on water conservation Please join a large coalition of environmentalists farmers and businesspeople in sending a strong message to Governor Hickenlooper We need to encourage Governor Hickenlooper to follow through on his promise in his State of the State speech We will follow this petition up by continuing to communicate with the Governor and his administration about to protecting and restoring the Colorado River Please click here to sign the petition Thank you for your support Gary Wockner Director Save The Colorado River Campaign Posted in Take Action Save The Colorado River Update All Eyes on Lake Powell Posted on February 26 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Lake Powell made a lot of news the past few weeks As you know Lake Powell is not a natural lake but the massive reservoir created by Glen Canyon Dam just upstream from the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River First the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline an effort to divert nearly 100 000 acre feet of water out of the Lake and pipe it 139 miles to southwest Utah received a blow when the Utah Governor s office predicted that population growth would not be nearly as fast as the proponents of the pipeline predicted Read about it in the Salt Lake City Desert News here Second ongoing scientific studies once again have predicted that climate change throughout the Colorado River basin might even dry up Lake Powell along with its downstream neighbor Lake Mead A major study released this week by the U S Forest Service Princeton University and Colorado State University predicts that climate change may have devastating impacts on the Colorado River basin and the two large reservoirs Read about it here in the Summit County Voice Are the water buffaloes slowly evolving into environmentalists Could be true Please join us in Thanking one of the members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board Russell George for his vote and remarks in support of recreational flows in the Colorado River In a first time in history vote the Board voted to fund the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park in Grand County Colorado to the tune of 500 000 Long thought of as a bastion of dams and water developers the Board may be changing as George s quote in the Grand Junction Free Press moves the discussion in a better direction The time has come to recognize non consumptive water rights have a place at the table in Colorado said CWCB s Colorado Basin Director Russell George Just a few years ago this would have been inconceivable but we re evolving Please click here to send a quick Thank You to Boardmember Russell George When officials do good we want to let them know please click through now Could you paddle 1 500 miles down the Colorado River in 3 minutes No Well maybe yes because these guys did Check out this quick fun video by Will Stauffer Norris From the Vimeo page Have you ever seen an entire river This is a 113 day journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers from source to sea We started in the Wind River Mountains Wyoming in October 2011 and finished at the Sea of Cortez Mexico in January 2012 The river begins as a trickle carves ever deeper and more spectacular canyons and is reduced to a trickle again by water diversions Click through here to watch the short video on vimeo Stauffer Norris is famous for his Source to Sea paddling adventure and he continues to paddle and document those adventures on the website DownTheColorado org Go Team Gary Wockner Director Save The Colorado River Campaign Posted in Uncategorized Save The Colorado River Update Movies Jewell s and More Posted on February 21 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Need a movie night to get through these waning winter evenings Well we have one that s free online and all about the Colorado River The intrepid young adventurers formerly from Colorado College Will Stauffer Norris and Zak Podmore recently released all 10 episodes of their journey paddling from the source of the Colorado River down to the Sea of Cortez Titled Remains Of A River Will and Zak s months long adventure highlights the wilderness along the river as well as the challenges the river faces From the website From the mountains of Wyoming to the lettuce fields of Mexico past dams and reservoirs and diversion canals through plains and canyons and the lights of Las Vegas Will Stauffer Norris and Zak Podmore hiked paddled and slogged their way down the Green and Colorado Rivers to the sea Remains of a River a series of ten short documentary films is their unforgettable story Click through here and enjoy Everybody is talking about Sally Jewell Who is Sally Jewell As some of you may know President Obama has nominated the current CEO of REI Sally Jewell as the new Secretary of Interior The recreation industry and the Western U S environmental community are all abuzz about this nomination Jewell has played a very strong role in making a very strong case for the protection and restoration of natural landscapes to also protect the recreational economy And the Secretary of Interior plays a very strong role in how the Colorado River is managed Former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar stood out in his work to protect and restore the Colorado River Will Sally Jewell take that legacy and move it faster forward We hope so Check out this story in Outside Magazine discussing Jewell s accomplishments and challenges as the potential next Secretary of Interior Finally our amazing friends at National Geographic have launched a new campaign Change The Course which is working hard to raise money to restore water to the Colorado River so it once again reaches the sea The campaign allows the public to Take The Pledge to conserve water and then NatGeo s corporate partners will restore 1 000 gallons of water to the river for every pledge taken We are delighted that this huge organization National Geographic has joined in the campaign to restore the river and bringing in the business community to help raise money to improve river flows is just icing on the cake Thank you National Geographic Take a look at the Change The Course website here Take care friends and Thank You For Your Support Gary Wockner Director Save The Colorado River Campaign Posted in Uncategorized Flaming Gorge Pipeline Suffers Another Major Setback Posted on February 6 2013 by admin Hi Friends of the Colorado River Some good news last week from the State of Colorado which had proposed to continue providing funding to study the Flaming Gorge Pipeline The Pipeline proposed to drain massive amounts of water out of the Green River at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Southwestern Wyoming pipe and pump that water 500 miles across Wyoming and down to fuel and subsidize sprawl in the Denver region of Colorado Last week the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted to stop funding the study for the Pipeline This is good news for the Green and Colorado Rivers And it s good news for all of the voices out there including that of Save The Colorado that had highlighted this campaign for over a year We believe that Colorado and other growing states should focus on Conservation First when considering any new water needs Check out this story in the Summit County Voice about the vote and Pipeline DROUGHT continues to grip the Southwest United States and the Colorado River basin So far in the headwaters of the Colorado River in Colorado it looks like snowpack levels may be as bad or worse than in 2012 Water managers are already beginning to worry and scramble some putting together lawn watering restriction plans Currently snowpack in the Colorado River basin in Colorado is at 67 of average March is usually the snowiest month in Colorado so there s still time to make up for the drought But predictions are for a drier than normal year which could lead to even lower levels in the Colorado River To see the actual and gruesome numbers check out this story in the Summit County Voice On a more entertaining note Do you have a trip planned to Las Vegas this year If so try to stop by the Aria Hotel and Resort to see the giant sculpture of the Colorado River in the lobby Created by artist Maya Lin and titled Silver River the project is 87 feet long and made of silver Here s a quote from the artist out of the Las Vegas Sun when the project was built Water is going to become more and more of a debate says Lin who sits on the board of Natural Resources Defense Council I m asking people to take a look at the natural world around them You want to get people to think of rivers as an entire ecosystem You want to talk about a river as a volume of water as an object rather than a flow Finally who says Enviros can t RAP Yeah RAP Well check this out A group of Enviro Rappers took one of Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs poems and turned it into a rap song Here s a link to the article with a link straight to the song here Thanks for all of your support Posted in Uncategorized Coloradans Want Water Conservation To Protect Rivers Posted on January 29 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Last week a major poll was released showing that the people of Colorado want their governments to focus on water conservation rather than new large diversions and pipelines from Colorado s already depleted rivers The poll conducted by a highly reputable bipartisan polling firm with support from the business group Protect The Flows was covered in regional media around the basin As noted in the Public News Service More than three quarters of Coloradans say conservation is the right approach with Colorado s water and more than half say building a pipeline to ship Colorado River water to the Front Range isn t the right solution The poll makes clear that the people of Colorado connect to their rivers and want them protected Pollster Lori Weigel states Coloradans connection to rivers and how they think about their rivers is different than a lot of other places she says They connect it to quality of life It s the snow in the mountains that feeds the Colorado River and its tributaries and so far the winter of 2012 2013 is dry causing water forecasters to begin to sound the alarm bells of another drought Statewide snowpack in Colorado is at 62 of average the Colorado River basin is even worse If another hard drought follows on the heals of last winter s drought regional water managers are already predicting water shortages and restrictions for residential customers Read and listen to the KUNC report here Drought can be addressed by residential water managers by learning how to use water more efficiently and stretching every drop Unfortunately in most of the Southwest U S our rivers don t have rights to exist and so drought generally impacts our rivers the hardest Last week Save The Colorado s Director Gary Wockner attended and spoke at the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City The Bonneville Environmental Foundation sponsored a panel discussion about water sustainability in the outdoor retail industry Panelists included two big outdoor retailers REI and Patagonia as well as a textile manufacturer and the Save The Colorado River campaign REI and Patagonia are doing a great job conserving water through their industrial processes and much opportunity exists to provide leadership for hundreds of outdoor retailers We also had some fun at the Show by helping Protect The Flows give away a free raft trip on the Colorado River Finally some good friends of the Save The Colorado River Campaign our website designers and filmmakers are branching out and launching a major trip to South America s Patagonia region to help protect endangered rivers there Check out this video trailer about their adventure In Patagonia dams are planned on some of the wildest rivers on earth this filmmaking adventure will try to raise awareness so that Patagonia s rivers don t have the same fate as many in the U S Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Save The Colorado Donates 160 000 in 2012 Posted on January 15 2013 by admin For Immediate Release January 14 2013 Save The Colorado River Campaign http savethecolorado org Fort Collins CO For the third year the Save The Colorado River campaign has made donations to 19 environmental groups up and down the Colorado River basin that are working to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries Just finishing up its philanthropy in 2012 the campaign donated to groups from the top of the basin all the way to the bottom from Denver to Tucson and San Diego 2012 saw a historic drought in the Colorado River basin that severely impacted the river s health On the bright side conservation efforts made significant progress on some fronts throughout the basin including restoring a very small streamflow to the Colorado River Delta helping to stop and stall the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline and making sure water conservation was highlighted in the Department of Interior s Colorado River Basin Study These environmental groups are working hard to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries said Gary Wockner Coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign We are proud to support them proud of their work and look forward to more success in 2013 The organizations that received donations included Earthjustice Colorado River advocacy project Grand Canyon Trust Colorado River advocacy and campaign San Diego Coastkeeper Water recycling and conservation to reduce Colorado River impacts Los Angeles Waterkeeper Stormwater control and conservation to reduce Colorado River impacts Sonoran Institute Restoring flows and habitat in the Colorado River Delta Orange County Coastkeeper The Coastkeeper water conservation garden American Whitewater Advocacy in the Upper Colorado River American Rivers Shaping the future of hydropower development in the Colorado River basin Colorado Water Trust Water purchases and leasing in Colorado High Country Citizen s Alliance Protection of instream flows on the Gunnison River Sheep Mountain Alliance San Miguel River campaign Great Basin Network Las Vegas organizing and water supply advocacy Citizens for Dixie s Future Addressing the threat of the Lake Powell Pipeline Glen Canyon Institute Glen Canyon restoration campaign Fill Lake Mead First Utah Rivers Council Advocacy of Utah rivers in the Colorado River basin Colorado Environmental Coalition Colorado River advocacy Heal Utah Addressing the threat of the Green River nuclear power plant Living Rivers Colorado River advocacy Center for Biological Diversity Virgin River protection campaign The Save The Colorado River Campaign is led by New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins CO The campaign fund is further supported by donations from Patagonia Clif Bar and the Kenney Brothers Foundation Save The Colorado is a fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado a 501c3 organization end Posted in Uncategorized Save The Colorado River Update Posted on January 9 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Happy New Year We hope to help bring forward a good year in 2013 for the Colorado River to protect and restore this great resource for fish and wildlife and future generations of people To that end the new year has started off well in Boulder County Colorado On January 7th the Boulder County Commissioners turned down a proposal to support the City of Denver s proposed Moffat Collection System Project which would take 18 000 acre feet of new water out of the Upper Colorado River and pipe it to Denver s suburbs At a hearing at the Boulder County Courthouse over 200 people attended and dozens of speakers lambasted the project The hearing was a stunning and inspirational display of democracy in action all three commissioners switched positions due to the compelling testimony The project would require a massive enlargement of Gross Dam and Reservoir southwest of Boulder increasing the height of the dam by 125 feet creating a massive concrete wall across South Boulder Creek and impacting neighbors for years into the future Please read more about the County s decision to not support the project here in the Boulder Daily Camera Before the holidays our organization was very involved in the outcome of the Department of Interior s Colorado River Basin Study As we head into 2013 we will continue to support sound water planning and river restoration throughout the basin by bird dogging the Department of Interior s actions on this Study Many progressive opportunities exist to help protect and restore the river while also providing water to Southwesterners especially through water conservation and efficiency in both cities and farms Dan Grossman of the Environmental Defense Fund discusses some of those options in this Denver Post

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  • Colorado River: “The time for action is now” | Save the Colorado
    conservation and reuse and 3 healthy river flows The Save The Colorado River campaign is pleased to see a work group solely dedicated to healthy river flows and we agree that the time for action is now The Colorado River is severely imperiled with too many dams and diversions plans for more dams and diversions endangered fish and habitat and of course the 5 trillion gallons of water in the river is drained out and the river never reaches the Gulf of California While important progress has been made on some of those issues last year a lot more progress needs to happen soon We are especially concerned about all of the new proposed dam and reservoir projects that will further drain the river For example yesterday Denver Water sent out a rather bragging press release about how they are working with all of the basinwide leaders and the agricultural and environmental community but at the same time Denver water is proposing a new diversion project to take another 18 000 acre feet out of the Colorado River Unfortunately the cast of characters like Denver Water is too long to go through in this blog cities and water providers say they want to collaborate with environmentalists but often go right back to business as usual of draining and destroying the river Further we are concerned that the federal government is not acting quickly or strongly enough For example the habitat for fish and wildlife in the Grand Canyon continues to degrade but the federal government s solution re timing flows out of Glen Canyon Dam simply isn t working As another example all of the speakers at yesterday s event talked about water conservation but we think the federal government needs to play a much stronger hand in requiring this

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  • Save The Colorado Wants Action On Colorado River Basin Study | Save the Colorado
    groups that will move the study forward around the topics of municipal water conservation agricultural water conservation and environmental flows in the river When Secretary Salazar released the study in 2012 he said it was a Call To Action said Gary Wockner who directs the Save The Colorado River campaign The federal government needs to push this study into action especially in terms of healthy flows in the Colorado River a plan of action and funding mechanisms to protect and restore the river is a crucial next step We need to provide hope for the ecological health of the Colorado River and the millions of people who depend on it In newspaper reports the day before the San Diego meeting Assistant Secretary of Interior Anne Castle echoed the sentiment to take action to address the region s water supply challenges as quoted in the Los Angeles Times The December report and its call to action cannot become a study that just sits on a shelf said Anne Castle assistant Interior secretary for water and science LA Times end Save The Colorado will be live tweeting the meeting starting at 3 00PM PST from SaveTheColorado This entry was posted in Uncategorized

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  • Will the Colorado River Get Fracked? | Save the Colorado
    is the lifeline of the Southwest U S protecting its water supplies and watershed are of paramount importance as the spread of fracking overtakes the landscape Colorado River Environmental Leaders Summit Last week representatives from over a dozen environmental groups met in Salt Lake City to discuss future planning to protect and restore the Colorado River The Summit was convened by the Glen Canyon Institute with a pre summit event the night before with the Utah Rivers Council Save The Colorado provided an update to Summiteers about our work over the past year and our proposed work for 2013 Also attending the Summit were The Nature Conservancy Living Rivers Conservation Colorado National Parks Conservation Association Western Resource Advocates Grand Canyon Trust EcoFlight American Rivers National Geographic Natural Resource Defense Council Earthjustice and Protect The Flows 2012 was a big year of success because of efforts to stop the Flaming Gorge Pipeline restore flows to the Colorado River Delta and address the Colorado River Basin Study More future success is coming Can Los Angeles Help Save The Colorado River Cities in the Los Angeles area are moving forward with alternative water supply opportunities to help decrease their reliance on the Colorado River Focusing on water recycling water efficiency better groundwater management and stormwater recycling these cities are planning to dramatically ramp up alternative sources which could save 40 billion gallons of water per year In addition to better protecting the Colorado River these alternative water supply systems could create green jobs reduce greenhouse emissions and protect coastal water quality from hazardous stormwater runoff What this alternative water supply planning shows is that all cities but especially those relying on the Colorado River can make easy and important strides toward protecting rivers without relying on massive new dams and diversions Let s

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  • Question: Can you save an endangered fish by introducing a predator fish? | Save the Colorado
    so that the Muskies will eat Northern Pike so that the Pike will no longer eat the endangered fish which include the Humpback Chub Bonytail Colorado Pikeminnow and Razorback Sucker Here s the question of the day will it work We launched this question on our Facebook page and a lively discussion ensued Click through here to read the comments and join the discussion Will all of the rain and snow in Colorado help the river and the drought April was one of the snowiest months on record in Colorado which will help streamflows in the Upper Colorado River basin but in California the drought is still causing intense concern and problems This KBPS radio story discusses the long term drought in California and how it continues to stretch water supplies throughout Northern and Southern California Of note California will be dipping farther into its reservoirs to provide water due to the lack of rain and snow across the lower portion of the state Further yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed California Wildfire Awareness Week and in his speech he linked the frequency and intensity of wildfires to climate change and more insane weather Take a read of this article in Huffington Post here Publicity about the Colorado being the Most Endangered River in America continues to pile up with editorials and blogs following the news stories of three weeks ago Here s an editorial in the Las Vegas Review Journal titled To Save The Colorado River Drastic Action Required Now The bathtub ring around Lake Mead and Las Vegas attempt to build a billion dollar pipeline out into Lake Mead provide examples of the threat to the river and the lengths to which agencies are going to get water out of it It s time for the Congress to

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