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  • Save The Colorado Donates $160,000 in 2012 | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Save The Colorado River Update! | Save the Colorado
    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 editorial here Please stay tuned for how you can weigh in on this topic we will work to create action opportunities for the public to let elected officials and decision makers know that river protection and restoration is the right path forward for the Southwest U S The Colorado River Basin Study also encouraged some provocative thinking from Wade Graham boardmember of the Glen Canyon Institute In this Los Angeles Times editorial Graham eloquently argues that filling Lake Mead first thereby draining Lake Powell would help the Southwest meet its water supply needs Massive amounts of water are lost in Lake Powell due to evaporation and seepage With the ongoing drought and increasing climate change both Lakes Powell and Mead sit just above half full with hardly any likelihood of ever filling again Graham argues that the inefficiency of these half empty reservoirs is extremely wasteful as well as environmentally destructive Graham strongly encourages the Department of Interior to quantify this waste and analyze a Filling Lake Mead First proposal to help deliver water supply security in the Southwest In other news the

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  • Thank you, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar! | Save the Colorado
    leadership in helping to restore the Colorado River Delta We also placed online ads in the Washington Post recognizing his leadership and pointing visitors to the Thank You petition On Dec 13 th we hand delivered that thank you petition and signatures to Secretary Salazar to show our gratitude and support for his work Thank You Secretary Salazar At the same time Secretary Salazar was signing the agreement with Mexico another initiative he has supported has moved forward that of restoring flood flows to the Grand Canyon to help heal the ecological damage to sand bars and fish habitat in the Colorado River On November 19 th the U S Bureau of Reclamation opened the gates at Glen Canyon Dam and let a large pulsing flood flow through the Grand Canyon for three days Since 1996 due to legal challenges from environmental groups this is the 4 th flood flow release the Department of Interior has authorized The flood flow is an effort to correct the ecological damage done by Glen Canyon Dam which traps about 90 of the sediment that naturally flows down the Colorado River Prior to the dam that sediment provided for sand bars streamside habitat for many species and the brown color in the river itself in which fish species evolved Without the sediment beaches have continued to retreat and native fish species have continued to be eaten by non natives that thrive in the clear cold post dam water As reported in NBC News the 3 day flood appears to have been successful and beach restoration has occurred Again Thank You Secretary Salazar Finally on Dec 13 th the long awaited Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study was released This study attempts to find a way to balance the future supply and demand of water throughout the Colorado River basin which will be a very difficult task about 30 million people currently use the river s water for homes and businesses and the river grows crops in Southern California that feed the entire nation Because the river is already dry and because population growth and climate change are occurring the river s health will likely only get worse A few months ago Save The Colorado ran another petition this time asking Secretary Salazar to focus on water conservation and efficiency in this study we need to quit wasting water quit drenching lawns quit building sprawling suburbs and learn how to more efficiently grow crops We gathered another 26 000 signature on this petition and also delivered that message to Secretary Salazar As the study was released last week we were happy to see Secretary Salazar make some very strong statements focusing on conservation and efficiency instead of exorbitant pipeline schemes He used the study to highlight a Call To Action to focus on practical solutions The Denver Post quoted Salazar We need to reduce our demand We also need to look at increasing our water supply through practical doable common sense measures such

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  • admin | Save the Colorado | Page 13
    Friends of 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

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  • Uncategorized | Save the Colorado | Page 13
    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 editorial here Please stay tuned for how you can weigh in on this topic we will work to create action opportunities for the public to let elected officials and decision makers know that river protection and restoration is the right path forward for the Southwest U S The Colorado River Basin Study also encouraged some provocative thinking from Wade Graham boardmember of the Glen Canyon Institute In this Los Angeles Times editorial Graham eloquently argues that filling Lake Mead first thereby draining Lake Powell would help the Southwest meet its water supply needs Massive amounts of water are lost in Lake Powell due to evaporation and seepage With the ongoing drought and increasing climate change both Lakes Powell and Mead sit just above half full with hardly any likelihood of ever filling again Graham argues that the inefficiency of these half empty reservoirs is extremely wasteful as well as environmentally destructive Graham strongly encourages the Department of Interior to quantify this waste and analyze a Filling Lake Mead First proposal to help deliver water supply security in the Southwest In other news the Las Vegas water war about its massive proposed groundwater pipeline continues to flare This Salt Lake Tribune article calls the BLM s decision to support the pipeline Pure Folly Back in Colorado another proposed Colorado River water diversion project the Windy Gap Firming Project drew fire in this Denver Post editorial Stay tuned for news and opportunities to take action in 2013 Thank you for your interest and support Posted in Uncategorized Thank you Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar Posted on December 17 2012 by admin The Colorado River has had a good month And for that in part we need to publicly and loudly recognize the work of U S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and the role he has played in protecting and restoring the Colorado River as well as in ringing the alarm bells about the future threats to the river First Secretary Salazar met with an international assembly of officials in San Diego on November 20 th to sign the Bi National Agreement with Mexico concerning the future of the Colorado River This agreement provides better water supply security for both the U S and Mexico but also begins a process to restore a small streamflow to the Colorado River Delta For over a decade the entire contents of the Colorado River over 5 trillion gallons of water per year have been drained out by cities and farms across the river basin leaving the river bone dry and no longer reaching the Gulf of California at its delta The Colorado River Delta used to be a 2 million acre wetland and critical feeding ground for migratory boards in North America as well as supporting a local fishing economy and habitat for endangered species This new agreement with Mexico will begin to heal that environmental destruction You can read more about the agreement in this New York Times article here The Save The Colorado River campaign and its allies Protect The Flows and Nuestro Rio helped get 15 500 signatures on a Thank You petition to Secretary Salazar to recognize his leadership in helping to restore the Colorado River Delta We also placed online ads in the Washington Post recognizing his leadership and pointing visitors to the Thank You petition On Dec 13 th we hand delivered that thank you petition and signatures to Secretary Salazar to show our gratitude and support for his work Thank You Secretary Salazar At the same time Secretary Salazar was signing the agreement with Mexico another initiative he has supported has moved forward that of restoring flood flows to the Grand Canyon to help heal the ecological damage to sand bars and fish habitat in the Colorado River On November 19 th the U S Bureau of Reclamation opened the gates at Glen Canyon Dam and let a large pulsing flood flow through the Grand Canyon for three days Since 1996 due to legal challenges from environmental groups this is the 4 th flood flow release the Department of Interior has authorized The flood flow is an effort to correct the ecological damage done by Glen Canyon Dam which traps about 90 of the sediment that naturally flows down the Colorado River Prior to the dam that sediment provided for sand bars streamside habitat for many species and the brown color in the river itself in which fish species evolved Without the sediment beaches have continued to retreat and native fish species have continued to be eaten by non natives that thrive in

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    a healthy Green River for generations to come Front Range water providers have proposed to build a 500 mile long Flaming Gorge Pipeline that will send water from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming to Colorado s Front Range Estimates for completing the Flaming Gorge pipeline range between 7 billion and 9 billion not including indirect or environmental costs an amount that could be the highest of any water project in Colorado s history The project could potentially divert more than 250 000 acre feet of water from the Green River annually water that currently supports a robust recreation and tourism economy rural agriculture native species and urban water use downstream Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has stated that the pipeline project is not a responsible use of taxpayer dollars American Rivers and its partners called on Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to denounce the pipeline project and support smart water supply measures such as conservation reuse and agricultural and urban cooperative agreements Water in the West is critical to more things than just fueling speculative urban growth says Nathan Fey Director of American Whitewater s Colorado River Stewardship Program While the Green River is being viewed as a solution to Colorado s future water shortage the river today supports a diverse economy sustains rare wildlife and endanged fish populations and offers unique opportunities for people to experience how water interacts with the landscape We need to protect the Green River or we will lose these iconic values that define our communities in the basin Steve Markle a spokesperson for veteran outfitter O A R S added The Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir offers a family friendly stretch of whitewater and world class fishing through a series of beautiful desert canyons The pleasant nature of the Green and its proximity to Salt Lake City make it an easily accessible river for first timers of all ages and abilities and itswaters need to be protected for future generations The Green River is one of the last remaining wild rivers from the old American West said Zach Frankel Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council The Green River s pristine flows and roadless desert canyons are under siege by proposed diversions and extractive industries that threaten to banish its regional life supporting nature to the history books said Frankel The Green River is the largest tributary of the Colorado River and carves some of the most iconic river canyons in the U S Thousands of anglers fish its water and thousands of rafters marvel at its majestic canyons each year generating a robust rural economy across three states The Green was listed as one of America s Most Endangered Rivers in 2000 because of the threat posed by dams Now in its 27th year the annual America s Most Endangered Rivers report is a list of rivers at a crossroads where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers fates Over the years the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams the protection of rivers with Wild and Scenic designations and the prevention of harmful development and pollution Read more about the Green River MER listing here including how to take action to save it 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 www facebook com americanrivers and www twitter com americanrivers Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Strong Economy and Clean Water Posted on May 7 2012 by admin Colorado River Strong Economy and Clean Water Go Hand In Hand Last week we saw the unveiling of a major new economic study by Protect The Flows assessing the financial impact of the Colorado River on the region s economy The results were so startling that the study s directors called it Colorado River Inc The 26 billion recreational resource employing a quarter million Americans Over a dozen newspapers across the basin printed a version of this story Read about the economic study in the Salt Lake Tribune here 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act This celebration comes at the same time that the Obama Administration is trying to restore protections to the Act that were cut by previous administrations Clean Water is not only good for rivers good for the economy and good for people it s also good for beer Jenn Vervier from New Belgium Brewing makers of Fat Tire Beer in Fort Collins CO offers this eloquent Huffington Post editorial Read Clean Water is Good for Business and for Beer in Huffington Post The past weekend 700 river advocates from the Waterkeeper Alliance and the River Network gathered in Portland OR for River Rally 2012 It was an amazing confab of river protectors that included eloquent speeches and presentations from Robert F Kennedy Jr Alexandra Cousteau and Keen Footwear CEO James Curleigh Alexandra Cousteau treated the crowd to one of her Colorado River videos Watch Alexandra Cousteau s Colorado River video Age of Limits 21st Century Water Management Also at River Rally U S Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson offered an extraordinary speech about the need for clean water throughout the U S Lisa told about her upbringing in New Orleans and her later work in New Jersey as a prelude to the EPA s work to protect clean water in rivers lakes and streams from coast to coast Here s an interview of Lisa by Portland Live where she talks about the Clean Water Act and her visit to Portland Read Portland Live interview of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson here Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Is Top Employer in Southwest U S Posted on May 4 2012 by admin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Protect The Flows http protectflows com creating jobs Economic Study Reveals Colorado River As Top Employer Major Economic Driver Across West Colorado River Ranks 155 19 th Largest Employer on Fortune 500 Kerrick James Photography Denver CO May 3 2012 Following extensive research into the economic impact of recreational activities along the Colorado River and its tributaries across six western states Protect the Flows in partnership with Southwick Associates Inc today released a study Colorado River Inc The 26 Billion Recreation Resource Employing a Quarter Million Americans revealing the Colorado River to be the 19 th largest employer on the Fortune 500 and major economic powerhouse fueling economies in Arizona Colorado Nevada New Mexico Utah and Wyoming Protect the Flows a coalition of more than 400 small businesses from the seven Colorado River basin states of Arizona California Colorado Nevada New Mexico Utah and Wyoming commissioned the report by economic research firm Southwick Associates Inc to understand the economic output derived from the Colorado River and its tributaries The study found that 5 36 million adults use the Colorado River and its tributaries for recreational activities including picnicking trail activities wildlife watching camping fishing water sports bicycling and snow sports each year and that such recreation in turn contributes significantly to the economic growth and stability of basin region states Among the study s key findings river related recreation in the six state region Supports 234 000 jobs across Arizona Colorado Nevada New Mexico Utah and Wyoming Produces 26 billion in economic output Generates 17 0 billion in retail sales Out performs regional farming revenues by 14 6 on average Contributes 3 2 billion in federal state and local tax revenue annually Provides enough state and local tax revenues to fund over 29 000 teacher positions Creates 10 4 billion in annual earnings salaries and wages The Colorado River is a major provider of recreation which is a tremendous economic driver across the basin region But what must be emphasized here is that unlike other income generators there are very few substitutes for the Colorado River said Rob Southwick the study s lead economist Typically there are alternative places for people to visit and spend their money when their preferred recreation spots no longer usable However consider the size of the Colorado River basin and the distance to alternative places well over half the people surveyed said their outdoor recreation would significantly decrease if the River was not available Without recreation along the River the federal government is risking over half a billion dollars in taxes The study comes as the Bureau of Reclamation BOR considers proposals to resolve the supply and demand imbalance during the final weeks of the Options and Strategies Phase of the Colorado River Basin Study Upon completion in July 2012 the BOR Study will define current and future imbalances in water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin over the next 50 years and will provide adaptation and mitigation strategies to resolve those imbalances The federal and state governments can then consider these findings when deciding on measures to implement to solve the imbalance This study makes it clear just how much the Colorado River needs to watch its bottom line Water related recreation is our lifeline said Protect the Flows coordinator Molly Mugglestone The west s economic future is tied this magnificent resource and the recreation it encourages so we would do well to do all we can to protect it and keep the river flowing U S Senators Mark Udall D CO and Michael Bennet D CO are encouraged by the numbers and will meet with the study s lead economist and mountain region business leaders on Friday May 4 in Denver to determine what actions they need to take to preserve the future of the Colorado River and its associated recreation and tourism economy When tourists visit the Colorado River they ll stay in a hotel eat out at restaurants fill up their gas tank maybe buy snacks and souvenirs said U S Senator Bennet When you consider all these visitors it all adds up to billions of dollars that ripple through our economy The Colorado River is the economic cultural and social backbone of the Southwest This is true for recreational uses of the river as well as today s report clearly demonstrates said U S Senator Udall We must be mindful of the important role outdoor recreation plays in our economy and to our way of life as we make decisions about how to allocate water because we stand to lose thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in Colorado if we do not For the complete report go to http protectflows com creating jobs Posted in Uncategorized Big News Week for the Colorado River Posted on April 13 2012 by admin Hi Friends of the Colorado River It was a big news week for the Colorado River with stories in the press and events all across the basin First Nuestro Rio a new Hispanic group dedicated to protecting the Colorado River launched their new song Corrido de Nuestro Rio yesterday with events and news stories all across the Southwest U S Events in Denver Las Vegas Albuquerque and Phoenix got rave reviews from locals and were covered widely in the media a good story is here A spokesperson for Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley called it Nuestro Rio Day Click here to watch the music video of Save Our River Yes We Can If you d like to join in the fun promoting this new music video consider tweeting Help NuestroRio Save the Colorado River Check out this cool new music video CoRiver http nuestroriocorrido weebly com Second U S Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spoke at Colorado College in Colorado Springs about the Colorado River Secretary Salazar noted the problems with the dry Colorado River Delta and let the audience know that his Department was working on the issue and expected it to be resolved The Associated Press as well as many regional media covered Secretary Salazar s speech Here s the AP story that appeared in the Denver Pos t which also mentions Save The Colorado s petition sent to the U S State Department requesting that the U S and Mexico collaborate to restore the Colorado River Delta Read the Denver Post story by clicking here Finally the Colorado River Basin Study made news this week also through an excellent article from the Associated Press The Bureau of Reclamation is currently considering options for how the whole basin can balance its water supplies over the next 50 years Those options range from towing icebergs from Alaska down the West Coast boo hiss to investing in much more aggressive water conservation measures yeah A great friend of the Colorado River Protect The Flows which is a coalition of over 370 businesses has inserted an option focusing on conservation agricultural efficiency and water banking Read the Associate Press story by clicking here Thank you again for your support of the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Gov should say No to Flaming Gorge plan Posted on April 12 2012 by admin Gov should say No to Flaming Gorge plan The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Speaking at a conference in Colorado Springs Tuesday Gov John Hickenlooper talked of the need for more conservation to reduce demands on the Colorado River according to The Denver Post while suggesting new dams are needed to divert more West Slope water to the Front Range That s worrisome enough although there are ways to construct water projects so they protect both the interests of the Western Slope and the Front Range Denver Water has proposed a plan for doing that in the past year However even more troubling is the fact that Hickenlooper refused to rule out state support for either of two proposals to take water out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Utah Wyoming border pump it through a pipeline across southern Wyoming then south to serve the thirsty Front Range suburbs Come on governor Just say No to this bad pipedream We at The Daily Sentinel have repeatedly stated our objections to the Flaming Gorge pipeline proposal We are far from alone Various water organizations environmental groups and local governments have voiced their opposition to the proposal And two federal agencies have rejected permit applications to even study the project further Here are the primary arguments against it Water availability Promoters of the plan claim they would only take water from Flaming Gorge during wet years But if a certain amount of water did start flowing to the Front Range cities each year imagine the outcry that would ensue from the other side of the mountains if their Flaming Gorge water were cut off in a dry year Moreover although Flaming Gorge is on the Green River it is part of the Colorado River drainage Taking water from the reservoir even in wet years would reduce the total amount of water available to the Upper Basin states including Colorado under river law And it s not at all clear especially in our era of reduced river flows that there is sufficient water available in the drainage to meet the demands of the pipeline without cutting back on other uses Downstream impacts Just below Flaming Gorge are Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park endangered fish habitat high quality trout fishing and some of the most spectacular river rafting in the country Reducing the flow of the Green River by as much as 25 percent to serve the pipeline could seriously affect all of these river uses Federal agencies among others may raise strenuous objections Cost The estimates are somewhere in the billions of dollars and rising There is no evidence that any of the presumed Front Range customers for the water will be able to pay enough to support that cost We know the Colorado Water Conservation Board is in the midst of a study of the pipeline proposal and its impacts although this newspaper and other voices have argued that its a waste of money based on the issues listed above and more In any event that study wasn t instigated by the governor As governor Hickenlooper should be leader enough to look at the multitude of evidence already available acknowledge this is a bad project and publicly oppose it Reprinted with permission http www gjsentinel com opinion articles gov should say no to flaming gorge plan Posted in Uncategorized Groups Deliver 5 000 signatures to Restore the Colorado River Delta Posted on April 8 2012 by admin For Immediate Release April 9 2012 Save The Colorado River Campaign Contact Gary Wockner 970 218 8310 Groups Deliver Over 5 000 Signatures to Restore the Colorado River Delta Denver CO Today 25 conservation groups throughout the Southwest United States delivered over 5 000 signatures to the U S Department of State urging officials to work with Mexico to restore water flow to the Colorado River Delta The signatures were gathered on a Change org petition over the last few months in response to U S and Mexico negotiations over the fate of the Delta Currently the Delta is drained bone dry as both countries take every drop of the river over 5 trillion gallons per year for farms and cities from Denver to San Diego and beyond We need to focus on collaboration and compromise said Gary Wockner of the Save the Gary Wockner with Delta petition in hand Colorado River campaign The U S and Mexico have a historic opportunity to meet their own water needs while allotting a small flow back to the river Over the last several months the U S and Mexico have been hunkered down in

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  • Oil Shale and Tar Sands Raise New Concerns in the Colorado River Basin | Save the Colorado
    the heart of the extreme controversy over the Keystone XL Pipeline By granting this permit Utah continues to be at the center of controversial water and energy projects in the U S Our friends at Ecowatch provide more details about tar sands and the permit please click through to read more A few days after the election Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Obama administration was severely limiting the amount of land that the federal government was potentially opening up to oil shale and tar sands mining in the Western U S While the Bush administration proposed to open up 2 million acres the Obama administration proposes to open up 800 000 acres Some conservation groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council celebrated this announcement as a victory for the environment it means that Obama Salazar are forcing Big Oil companies to take a more measured and thoughtful approach to energy extraction Other conservation groups like the Center for Biological Diversity think it s still too much land for a dangerous and environmentally destructive activity The Los Angeles Times printed an excellent editorial last weekend titled America s Water Mirage Even at Hoover Dam the ugly truth about our water crisis is being ignored Written by Cynthia Barnett the editorial surveys some of the serious water supply challenges facing the U S and focuses on the shrinking Lake Mead and its bathtub ring as a sign that climate change is severely affecting our environment and water but that even the white bleached rock around Lake Mead is being ignored by leading political leaders Take a read of this editorial and enjoy Thank you for your support and please stay tuned This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts

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  • Secretary Salazar and Governor Ritter do good! Denver Water, not so much. | Save the Colorado
    stated Our attitudes about rivers as a public really have changed in the last 25 years where there s now a recognition that there are values that are very important values economic values intrinsic to keeping some water in the flow of the river Click here to Thank Secretary Salazar Colorado s former Governor Bill Ritter strikes again In his post governorship Bill Ritter has become a tireless champion for environmental issues including for water conservation throughout the Colorado River basin A few weeks ago Governor Ritter starred in a telephone townhall for the organization 90by20 org highlighting their vision of water conservation Now Governor Ritter has written an editorial for the Denver Post on the same topic Governor Ritter points out that while some Colorado cities have done a reasonable job conserving water others have a long way to go Take a read of Governor Ritter s editorial by clicking here Thank You Governor Bill Ritter While Colorado s current and former officials Salazar and Ritter are doing good work speaking for the Colorado River and our water resources the City of Denver and its water utility Denver Water are becoming a hindrance Denver Water is proposing the Moffat Collection System Project that will drain another 18 000 acre feet of water out of the Upper Colorado River and pipe it to Denver residents Environmental groups have been trying to negotiate with Denver Water to address the threat of this project but Denver Water is being a bad actor As a response environmental groups issued a stinging rebuke to the Army Corps of Engineers and the U S Environmental Protection Agency about the project Read this story in the Summit County Voice about the project and the environmental community s response Thank you for your support This entry was

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