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    tools their water supply needs could be met without spending billions on new projects In Utah last week the Utah Rivers Council led by Zach Frankel strongly made that point when they brought Chicken Little to a State water planning meeting The Utah Rivers Council and several of our partners in Utah are fighting the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline a wildly expensive proposed boondoggle that would drain an additional 100 000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River system and use that water to fuel and subsidize and practically flood new sprawling population growth in Southwest Utah Good work Zach and URC Read the full article in the Deseret News here The Salt Lake Tribune also editorialized against the pipeline read that editorial here Robert Redford s Watershed Movie continues to roll through the major cities in the Southwest U S These past two weeks we were in Phoenix and Tucson for premiers of the film Both events were very successful hundreds of people attended signed the petition to restore water to the Colorado River Delta and received free Save The Colorado posters Led by the Sonoran Institute both of these events partnered with conservation groups in Arizona including the Environmental Defense Fund the Tucson Audubon Society and others At the Phoenix event renowned environmental reporter Shaun McKinnon of the Arizona Republic moderated the expert panel discussion after the film The Tucson screening included a great interview of producer Jaime Redford in the Arizona Daily Star here Occasionally we try to keep you informed about other related river restoration issues around the U S At this time the tip of the sword in our community s movement to protect and restore rivers is occurring in San Francisco and Yosemite National Park In the November election San Francisco voters will determine whether the City should embark on progressive water supply solutions including conservation recycling stormwater reuse and groundwater development all as an alternative to the 100 year old environmental disaster that dammed and drowned Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park Interestingly although San Francisco is known as one of America s most progressive cities its cousin cities to the south Los Angeles and San Diego both of which use Colorado River water are already trying to implement water conservation recycling and reuse programs San Francisco lags far behind The Restore Hetch Hetchy campaign is trying to fix that problem and it has backing from prominent groups and people Take a look at this video starring actor Harrison Ford Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Save the Colorado River Update Posted on September 5 2012 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We hope you had a great summer and got outside a lot to enjoy the beauty of nature and one of your favorite rivers wherever you are We have been busy the last few weeks with the Watershed film tour In Salt Lake City we had an overflowing crowd at the beautiful Salt Lake City Library Co sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Utah Film Center the event was a great success See photos here on Facebook Producer James Redford and Director Mark Decena were on hand to discuss the film on the panel afterwards In West Hollywood we had another great event Sponsored by the local environmental group Heal The Bay and by Sundance Cinemas the event featured one of the people in the film Jimmy the bike messenger Producer James Redford and Director Mark Decena were also there as was actress and panelist moderator Sharon Lawrence See photos here on Facebook The event was a pre grand opening event for Sundance Cinemas a multi city theater complex featuring high quality independent movies At both the Salt Lake City and West Hollywood events we gathered postcard signatures for our Restore The Colorado River Delta campaign Over 300 people responded to our Call2Action to restore a small streamflow to the dry and degraded Colorado River Delta You can read more about this Call2Action here on the Change org online petition In other news a great editorial appeared in last week s Salt Lake Tribune by river guide and Moab Chamber of Commerce boardmember Sarah Sidwell titled Save The Colorado River Economy Take a read here and enjoy Sarah argues that we must protect this great river to protect the jobs and economy along the entire stretch of the Colorado River basin s 7 states Finally new polling in San Diego indicates that residents are increasingly supporting of and happy with water recycling programs and drinking recycled water Take a read of the story here on National Geographic A whopping 73 of residents support using water recycling as a part of the city s water supply portfolio Thank you for your support Stay tuned for more updates Posted in Uncategorized President Obama and the Colorado River Posted on August 20 2012 by admin Hi Friends of the Colorado River President Obama and Colorado River Crop Art Last week when President Obama visited Colorado his arrival in Grand Junction in Air Force One was accompanied by a huge Crop Art display in an alfalfa field very near the airport Check out the photo The crop art is one of the many methods that have been employed to get decision makers attention about protecting the Colorado The project was created by Protect The Flows a consortium of over 400 businesses that rely on the Colorado River Check out the story and the behind the scenes video of the project How low can your water conservation go 90by20 org We are proud to help support the 90 by 20 campaign an effort across the Southwest U S to encourage cities to cut residential water use to 90 gallons per capita per day by the year 2020 And you can help out On the 90by20 org website you can sign the pledge and then all of us can communicate with your water utility on your behalf Ninety gallons

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    Check out the story and the behind the scenes video of the project How low can your water conservation go 90by20 org We are proud to help support the 90 by 20 campaign an effort across the Southwest U S to encourage cities to cut residential water use to 90 gallons per capita per day by the year 2020 And you can help out On the 90by20 org website you can sign the pledge and then all of us can communicate with your water utility on your behalf Ninety gallons per person per day for residential use is not very low in fact some cities like Denver have already met that goal But other cities in the Southwest have a long way to go Using just 90 gallons per day can help restore a sense of balance to the river and protect water supplies and the river ecosystem for future generations Enter the Watershed Movie Sweepstakes to Win We re heading to Salt Lake City and Los Angeles Next week Robert Redford s new Colorado River documentary Watershed Movie is premiering in Salt Lake City August 28th and in Los Angeles August 29th You can join in the fun by entering our Facebook sweepstakes to win Revo sunglasses New Belgium Brewing Ranger t shirts and other swag Also if you life in Salt Lake or Los Angeles you can win tickets to see the movie Click here to enter the sweepstakes Thank you for your support of the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Day and the Watershed Movie Posted on August 4 2012 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Last week was a great week for Colorado River activism First July 25th was the first official Colorado River Day On July 25th 1921 Congress named it the Colorado River Colorado River Day in Grand Junction Events were held in Denver Las Vegas Grand Junction Phoenix and San Diego At these events we celebrated the Day and helped support a unique combination of people and groups who agree on the importance of conserving the Colorado River Environmental conservationists joined arms with fiscal conservatives to send a message to the federal government and the governors in the Colorado River basin that we want them to focus on conservation and efficiency first to protect the Colorado River and to address projected shortages in Southwest U S water supplies Colorado River Day in San Diego On Colorado River Day we also launched a public petition asking the federal and state governments to do just that focus on conservation and efficiency first You can help out by signing the petition here Please click here to sign the petition Check out this article in San Diego News as just one example of the dozens of articles that appeared throughout the basin about Colorado River Day Also last week we held the first event for our Watershed Movie tour Narrated by James Redford introducing the Watershed Movie Robert Redford the Watershed Movie explores a new ethic for water conservation in the Colorado River basin The event at the Water Conservation Garden near San Diego was sold out Producer James Redford Robert s son was on hand to introduce the film and provide insight to the sold out audience of 350 people You can read more about the movie and watch a trailer here Check out this radio interview of Robert Redford Executive Producer and Narrator of the film We are planning film tour events in Salt Lake City Los Angeles Phoenix Tucson Las Vegas and Denver The next event is in Salt Lake City on August 28th and Los Angeles on August 29th For a screening near you check out the Find A Screening page on Watershed s website Thank you for your support of the Colorado River Posted in Uncategorized Redford Center And Save The Colorado Team Up For Film Tour Posted on July 18 2012 by admin WATERSHED SUCCESS The Colorado River s 26 Billion Economy Recovers as River Once Again Reaches the Gulf of California July 19 2012 Denver CO This could be the headline of the near future if Americans heed the call today and take action to save the Colorado River In an effort to engage the arid southwestern United States in the importance of water conservation and river protection The Redford Center along with partners Save The Colorado New Belgium Brewing Patagonia and Clif Bar announces a summer 7 city southwestern US screening tour of the documentary film WATERSHED Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award winning filmmaker Mark Decena of Kontent Films WATERSHED exposes both the catastrophic threats to the already taxed Colorado River and inspiring character vignettes of those embracing a new water ethic The film and subsequent community driven screenings are made to engage inform and inspire Americans to conserve water and begin restoring the Colorado River so that it once again meets the sea The tour will kick off in San Diego on July 28 Other cities in the tour include Los Angeles Tucson Denver Las Vegas Phoenix and Salt Lake City The Redford Center has made WATERSHED available free of charge to anyone interested in hosting a screening To learn more visit www watershedmovie com If we see the Colorado River as just a river we are overlooking a natural engine that powers both our economy and our environment says Robert Redford We want this film to raise awareness to the idea that this river is the canary in the coalmine If business government and citizens come together and make some changes the mighty Colorado can continue to serve us Sweeping through seven US and two Mexican states and over 20 major dams the Colorado River runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California 5 trillion gallons of water is drained out of the river each year Unless action is taken the river will continue its retreat

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    s money on this scheme and focus instead on common sense solutions including water conservation and water sharing agreements with farmers Posted in Uncategorized Almost EVERYBODY opposes the Flaming Gorge Pipeline Posted on February 6 2012 by admin Conservation Groups Chambers of Commerce City Councils County Commissions and over 250 Businesses Oppose the Flaming Gorge Pipeline One of Save the Colorado s campaigns is to help stop the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline Costing up to 9 billion this pipeline would take 80 billion gallons of water out of the Green River in Southwest Wyoming each year pipe and pump it 500 miles across Wyoming over the Continental Divide and down to the rapidly growing Colorado Front Range from Fort Collins to Denver to Pueblo to subsidize and fuel new population growth Over the past few months dozens of entities including conservation organizations chambers of commerce city councils and county commissions in Colorado Wyoming and Utah have spoken up to oppose the pipeline The opposition list also called intervenors in the pipeline s permitting process reads like a dream come true coalition that spans the political as well as the Western culture aisle Of note a coalition of over 250 businesses also has spoken out to oppose the pipeline You can read about it in the Wyoming Business Report here We depend on anglers rafters birders and hikers coming to our communities to fuel our economy said Lisa Jenkins executive director of Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce in Colorado This massive siphoning of water will decrease flows in the Green River by 20 25 percent and cripple the annual 10 billion recreation based economies that communities like Grand Lake depend on for our survival quoted from the Wyoming Business Report Save the Colorado opposes the pipeline because it would be bad for the Green and Colorado Rivers bad for the Southwest s recreational economy and would further endanger fish and wildlife downstream all the way to Mexico The State of Colorado has appointed a committee to study the Flaming Gorge Pipeline Because the environmental community does not support the pipeline we also do not support wasting the public s money on the efforts of this State committee and thus we have boycotted participating in the committee s meetings Instead we support common sense water conservation programs in cities and water sharing agreements with farmers these programs and agreements would be cheaper faster and more sustainable solutions to address Colorado s future water supply needs Sometimes you have to take a stand it appears almost EVERYBODY has taken a stand to oppose the Flaming Gorge Pipeline Posted in Uncategorized Dammed If We Don t by Yvon Chouinard Posted on January 12 2012 by admin Dammed If We Don t Yvon Chouinard Mountain 2012 Check out this great new essay by Yvon Chouinard founder of Patagonia in their new 2012 catalog We are not against dams we are for rivers Save the Colorado http www patagonia com us patagonia go assetid 67738 Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Protection Coalition Intervenes Against Flaming Gorge Pipeline Posted on December 16 2011 by admin For Immediate Release December 15 2011 Contacts McCrystie Adams Earthjustice 303 623 9466 Steve Jones Wyoming Outdoor Council 307 332 7031 ext 12 Taylor McKinnon Center for Biological Diversity 928 310 6713 John Spahr Sierra Club 307 732 0028 Gary Wockner Save the Poudre Poudre Waterkeeper 970 218 8310 John Weisheit Living Rivers Colorado Riverkeeper 435 259 1063 Zach Frankel Utah Rivers Council 801 699 1856 Duane Short Biodiversity Conservation Alliance 307 742 7978 Warren Rider Rocky Mountain Wild 970 385 9833 Jane Whalen Citizens for Dixie s Future 435 635 2133 Michael Kellett Glen Canyon Institute 801 363 4450 Colorado River Protection Coalition Intervenes Against Flaming Gorge Pipeline Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Should Not Waste Resources On Unbuildable Scheme Denver CO Today a coalition of 10 conservation groups from Colorado Utah Wyoming and Arizona the Colorado River Protection Coalition moved to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC review of the Regional Watershed Supply Project a k a the Flaming Gorge Pipeline FERC is currently evaluating a preliminary permit application for the Flaming Gorge Pipeline from Wyco Power and Water Inc FERC allows members of the public with a stake in projects to intervene in preliminary permit proceedings and the Colorado River Protection Coalition represented by Earthjustice has called upon FERC to deny the permit on numerous grounds The Flaming Gorge Pipeline would be one of the biggest most environmentally damaging water projects in the history of the western United States said McCrystie Adams of Earthjustice the Coalition s lead attorney The Pipeline would devastate the Green River one of the West s last great rivers and a sanctuary for native fish and wildlife and severely harm the Colorado River downstream In its intervention comments the Colorado River Protection Coalition asserted that the Flaming Gorge Pipeline is extremely unlikely to be permitted because it would likely violate the Endangered Species Act would adversely affect four national wildlife refuges and part of the project would be located in a U S Forest Service roadless area The Coalition also argued that the permit should be denied because the applicant failed to meet various requirements during a previous attempt at permitting a nearly identical project with the U S Army Corps of Engineers Further the Coalition asserted that the Pipeline is an extremely environmentally damaging water supply project that would irrevocably harm the Green and Colorado Rivers not a hydropower project and thus FERC is not the appropriate agency to lead federal review of the proposal The Flaming Gorge Pipeline would severely harm the Wyoming landscape it crosses said Steve Jones of the Wyoming Outdoor Council Our state s heritage wildlife and economy are dependent on protecting roadless and wilderness areas Four endangered fish the Colorado pikeminnow humpback chub razorback sucker and bonytail chub are dependent on the water this pipeline proposes to drain out of the Green and Colorado Rivers said Taylor McKinnon of the Center for Biological Diversity in Flagstaff Arizona The pipeline would spell disaster for those fish and the river ecosystems we and they depend on It s a foolish proposal in the face of global warming and projected declines in river flows The Green River flows through Utah s largest roadless area provides 40 percent of the water entering the Colorado River at Lake Powell each year and supports a world famous trout fishery averaging 6 000 8 000 fish per mile said Zach Frankel executive director of the Utah Rivers Council This catastrophic proposal would not only mar these treasures it would forever alter life in Utah The applicant previously sought a permit for the Pipeline from a different federal agency the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps In July of 2011 the Corps terminated its review of the project because the applicant missed multiple deadlines and did not provide information requested by the Corps A few months later the applicant redesigned the project to include some incidental hydropower components and requested review through FERC Despite the modifications the project remains a huge energy hog at least nine air polluting natural gas fired pumping stations would be required to pump the water uphill across Wyoming and over the Continental Divide Wyco s president has acknowledged that pumping the water uphill would use more energy than the project would create through hydropower We know this project would burn more energy than it produces said John Spahr of the Sierra Club Claiming it is a hydropower project is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to make an end run around federal law Since its inception the extremely controversial Flaming Gorge Pipeline has met with great opposition in Colorado Wyoming and Utah The water would go to the Front Range of Colorado which is projected to double in population in the next 50 years Colorado is already a parched state with severely depleted rivers while the majority of the water in Colorado s cities is used to keep lawns green for three months in the hot dry summer across sprawling suburban landscapes Duane Short of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance noted The Coalition believes that Colorado and other western citizens are beginning to realize that unbridled consumption of water from our rivers and aquifers will leave our precious water resources depleted leading to even more severe water shortages for our children and grandchildren We hope the public will work with us to prevent this shortsighted and irresponsible water grab The Flaming Gorge Pipeline would be a flaming disaster for Colorado said Gary Wockner of Save the Poudre Poudre Waterkeeper The Pipeline would be a devastating step backwards for water supply policy and river protection in Colorado and the Southwest U S our coalition will work as long and hard as it takes to stop this project This Coalition s intervention is one of several being filed by public interest groups and local communities Over a hundred public comments urging FERC to deny the preliminary permit have already been filed before the Dec 19th deadline Comments are posted on FERC s website here http elibrary ferc gov idmws docket search asp search for Docket Number P 14263 The Colorado River Protection Coalition s comments are posted here http savethepoudre org documents Sierra Club et al Motion to Intervene FERC Project No P 14263 000 pdf A map of the pipeline s proposed 550 mile route across Wyoming and down through Colorado is here http savethepoudre org documents RWSP Overview map 12 15 2011 pdf end Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Petition to Restore Colorado River Delta hits 2 500 signatures 25 groups Posted on November 21 2011 by admin For Immediate Release November 21 2011 Save the Colorado River Campaign http savethecolorado org Contacts Gary Wockner Save the Colorado gary savethecolorado org Erik Molvar Biodiversity Conservation Alliance erik voiceforthewild or Gabriel Solmer San Diego Coastkeeper gabe sdcoastkeeper org Petition to Restore Colorado River Delta hits 2 500 signatures 25 groups Colorado River Basin The Change org online petition to restore water to the Colorado River Delta has now hit over 2 500 signatures and is supported by 25 conservation groups The petition is here https www change org petitions restore the colorado river delta For over a decade the Colorado River has been drained completely dry before it reaches the Gulf of California 5 trillion gallons of water drained out http tinyurl com drydelta by thirsty cities and farms across the Southwest U S and Mexico The U S and Mexico are currently negotiating a Bi National Agreement through the International Boundary Waters Commission and the Bureau of Reclamation that may restore a small amount of water to the devastated ecosystem Twenty five conservation organizations from the top of the Colorado River basin to the bottom are supporting the petition The Colorado River system is the lifeblood of the American Southwest nourishing some of the richest and most diverse wetlands in the region and providing key habitat for Endangered fishes and wildlife said Erik Molvar wildlife biologist with Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Wyoming It would be irresponsible to allow this lifeblood to be drained dry The Bi National Agreement could better manage the Colorado River so that water supply reliability can be enhanced for cities farms and natural ecosystems benefiting both the U S and Mexico If structured properly the Agreement would allow both countries to have better drought supplies while also addressing the devastating drought of water in the Delta ecosystem The Colorado River is critical to San Diego communities just as it is vital to the plants birds and other animals in the Delta area said Gabe Solmer of San Diego Coastkeeper We must work together to share and safeguard these precious resources The Change org online action is petitioning Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who oversees the International Boundary Waters Commission and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar who oversees the U S Bureau of Reclamation The negotiators for the State and Interior Departments are predicting that an agreement may be reached in December of 2011 or January of 2012 The more people learn about the degraded Colorado River Delta the more people want to step up and provide support said Gary Wockner of the Save the Colorado campaign which is leading the petition effort These 25 conservation groups are proud to provide positive support to the U S negotiators to help bring the Colorado River Delta back to life The following conservation organizations are supporting the petition Save the Colorado Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Biodiversity Conservation Alliance Living Rivers Colorado Riverkeeper The Environmental Group Western Rivers Institute Blue Legacy The Ocean Foundation Clean Water Fund San Diego Coastkeeper Save the Poudre Poudre Waterkeeper American Whitewater Waterkeeper Alliance Food and Water Watch Colorado Ocean Coalition Glen Canyon Institute Save the Colorado River Delta Sonoran Institute Sheep Mountain Alliance Grand Canyon Trust American Rivers Citizens for Dixie s Future Great Basin Water Network Redford Center River Red Film Planning and Conservation League of California and Defenders of Wildlife end Posted in Uncategorized SHOWERS TO FLOWERS A Tour Of San Diego s New Water Recycling Facility Posted on November 6 2011 by admin SHOWERS TO FLOWERS A Tour Of San Diego s New Water Recycling Facility This past week Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save the Colorado River campaign had the opportunity to join Gabriel Solmer of San Diego Coastkeeper in a tour of the City of San Diego s new water recycling facility San Diego gets nearly 85 of its water from imported sources either from the Colorado River or from the rivers in northern California By recycling their water San Diegans can increase their water supply reliability as well as be better stewards of limited Southwest U S water supplies San Diego Coaskeeper has been working for years with a large coalition to bring water recycling to life in the region The facility just opened amidst much regional news coverage Dubbed Showers to Flowers the facility recycles the City s wastewater and after purfication sends it into the regional irrigation system that is used for lawn watering and commercial irrigation needs After the City receives approval from the California Dept of Health the water will eventually be recycled and sent into a nearby reservoir and used for drinking water The facility uses advanced reverse osmosis technology to purify the water which is used in similar systems all over the world After the system is proven reliable and safe in San Diego the City hopes to increase capacity beyond the 1 million gallons per day of the current system One million galons per day is about 1 000 acre feet per year The Save the Colorado River campaign has supported San Diego Coastkeeper s efforts to promote water conservation and recycling in San Diego We see water recycling as one of the solutions to Southwest U S and Colorado River water problems If San Diego can do it can Denver do it Can Las Vegas do it The answer is yes of course and we applaud the City of San Diego and San Diegans for taking this sustainable step forward we encourage you find more ways to lead the Colorado River basin in both water supply and river protection so that we can all have a smaller and more sustainable footprint on this beautiful landscape The tour group including Gabriel Solmer third from left and Gary Wockner second from right end Posted in Uncategorized Online Petition To Restore the Colorado River Delta Starts Strong Posted on November 3 2011 by admin For Immediate Release November 2 2011 Save the Colorado River Campaign http savethecolorado org Contacts Gary Wockner Coordinator Luther Propst E D Sonoran Institute http sonoraninstitute org Online Petition To Restore the Colorado River Delta Starts Strong Change org petition supported by 19 conservation groups garners over 1 000 signatures in first 2 days Colorado River Basin Nineteen Southwest U S conservation groups from the top of the Colorado River basin to the bottom have launched an online petition drive to gather support for a Bi National Agreement between the U S and Mexico to restore a small amount of water to the Colorado River Delta In just 2 days the petition has gathered over 1 000 signatures a very strong start to address one of the most difficult conundrums in American environmental history The petition is here https www change org petitions restore the colorado river delta For over a decade the Colorado River has been drained completely dry before it reaches the Gulf of California 5 trillion gallons of water drained out http tinyurl com drydelta by thirsty cities and farms across the Southwest U S The Bi National Agreement being considered by the International Boundary Waters Commission and the Bureau of Reclamation may be able to restore a small amount of water to the devastated ecosystem This historic agreement could signal hope for the devastated Colorado River Delta said Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save the Colorado River campaign the lead petition organizer The Delta was once a flyway for millions of migratory birds as well as one of the biggest wetland ecosystems in North America If we can restore a small amount of flows we can restore a lifeline for North American wildlife The Bi National Agreement could better manage the Colorado River so that water supply reliability can be enhanced for cities farms and natural ecosystems benefitting both the U S and Mexico If structured properly the Agreement would allow both countries to have better drought supplies while also addressing the devastating drought of water in the Delta ecosystem Our organization works everyday on the ground in the Colorado River Delta to restore the natural ecosystem said Luther Propst E D for the Sonoran Institute The Bi National Agreement could not only bring water and life back to the Delta but it could increase water supply reliability for cities and farms on

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  • Save the Colorado Update: Summer Tour Time! | Save the Colorado
    will help you take action at this event to restore the Colorado River Delta and if you sign a postcard to federal decision makers we will give you a free Save The Colorado poster In July we will be joining forces with the Redford Center to promote events and a film tour for their great new documentary Watershed Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West Stay tuned for more details about this film tour We will kick off the tour on July 28th in San Diego with producers Robert Redford and his son Jamie Redford We will be having screenings and events in Los Angeles Tucson Phoenix Las Vegas Salt Lake City and Denver Also around July 25th our friends in Flagstaff Arizona are hosing a big Colorado River Day celebration July 25th is the day that in 1921 Congress officially named it the Colorado River Stay tuned for more details about how you can join in the fun News You Can Use Here s some news and information about the Colorado River that you may enjoy reading The Natural Resource Defense Council has authored a new report about proposed projects on the Colorado River titled Pipe Dreams Water Supply Pipeline Projects in the West Take a look at NRDC s blog post here to learn more about proposed pipe dreams and schemes Jennifer Pitt with the Environmental Defense Fund continues to light up the National Geographic website with highly informed analysis of Colorado River challenges and opportunities In her most recent blog post What Does Climate Change Mean For The Colorado River Basin Jennifer discusses our drying Southwest climate and the impacts it will likely have on the river Thank you for your support Please get out and enjoy your local river wherever you are This entry

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  • Save The Colorado Accepts Grant Applications | Save the Colorado
    all five trillion gallons before it reaches the Gulf of California STC created this granting program to help protect the Colorado River and bring together organizations with similar missions Last year the Save the Colorado River Campaign awarded 15 organizations a total of 170 000 Examples of some of the recipients and how they used the funds in the past year include Aspen Global Change Institute Pete McBride Pete used the funds from the STC grant to help support and promote his documentary about the Colorado River Chasing Water The grant helped to increase awareness about the film and its message and pay for the distribution and continued music rights Pete credits the STC funds with starting the snowball effect that has allowed his film to reach people around the world leading to many awards and honors from film festivals Great Basin Water Network The Great Basin Water Network GBWN used its 2011 STC funds to help spread the word about the expense and environmental harm that would be associated with the proposed Southern Nevada Water Authority s groundwater pipeline The funds allowed GBWN to host tables at farmers markets recruit volunteers and deliver thousands of petitions to urge elected officials to withdraw support of the pipeline Glen Canyon Institute The Glen Canyon Institute GCI used its grant from the Save the Colorado campaign to oppose destructive Colorado River diversion projects such as the Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge Pipelines The Institute also hosted a Colorado River Summit in May 2012 to identify goals and opportunities for collaborative action to help sustain the Colorado River system GCI also partnered with hydrologist Tom Myers on research to show the importance of filling Lake Mead first as a strategy to increase water supply and storage in the basin To get a full

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  • Philanthropists Donate $170,000 to Save The Colorado River in 2011 | Save the Colorado
    of water were once again drained completely out and never reached the Sea of Cortez in Mexico Here s a photo of the bone dry Colorado River Delta where it no longer meets the Sea Everyone in the Colorado River basin needs to conserve more water said Gary Wockner Coordinator for the Save the Colorado River Campaign These environmental groups are doing an excellent job at educating the public and policymakers about the need for more water conservation so that people and businesses as well as the river itself can thrive in the future Environmental groups that received grants included the groups below in the geographic area noted Bonneville Environmental Foundation Basin wide Aspen Global Change Institute Pete McBride Basin wide Citizens for Dixie s Future Southern Utah Colorado Environmental Coalition Colorado Living Rivers Moab Utah Great Basin Water Network Las Vegas Nevada San Diego Coastkeeper San Diego California Sonoran Institute Colorado River Delta Mexico Earthjustice Basin wide Sheep Mountain Alliance Southwest Colorado Gila Conservation Coalition New Mexico Grand Canyon Youth Grand Canyon Area of Utah Arizona Trout Unlimited Colorado Glen Canyon Institute Glen Canyon Area of Utah Arizona Grand Canyon Trust Grand Canyon Area of Utah Arizona Of note renowned filmmaker Pete McBride received support to promote his new documentary film about the Colorado River Chasing Water see trailer which in the last few weeks has received awards including Best Documentary at The Clearwater Film Festival and Best in Category at the CINE International Film Festival as well as being a finalist in several upcoming film festivals To request a showing of the film at a group or meeting contact Pete at PeteMcBride com The Save the Colorado River Campaign is led by New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins Colorado The Campaign Fund is further supported by donations from

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  • Save The Colorado - Grants
    August The Save the Colorado River campaign supports non profit environmental groups that are working in the Colorado River basin and in geographic areas that use Colorado River water We encourage grant applications in the following programmatic areas Efforts that raise public awareness about the threats to the Colorado River and its water supplies Efforts that promote water conservation or change public policy about water conservation in cities that receive Colorado River water including but not limited to the Denver Front Range of Colorado Las Vegas Phoenix Tucson San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas Efforts that protect and enhance the ecological health and biodiversity of the Colorado River and its tributaries including but not limited to addressing the threats of new diversions and dams mitigating past diversions and dams river cleanups and securing instream flows Grant applications may range from 2 500 10 000 ORGANIZATION MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER CONTACT NAME CITY EMAIL PROJECT NAME STATE ZIP WEBSITE ADDRESS PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR 501 c 3 LETTER In many cases the Save the Colorado River campaign may fund portions of projects that are already in existence or proposed to be in existence and have an overall plan or vision If

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  • Action Alert: Flaming Gorge Pipeline Down, Not Out | Save the Colorado
    a more detailed explanation and links to the legal documents in the case The massive coalition of groups working to stop the Flaming Gorge Pipeline received a huge boost last week when the national river conservation group American Rivers named the Green River one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America due to the threat of the pipeline Here s a link to the document describing American Rivers listing of the Green What can you do to help pull the plug on the Flaming Gorge Pipeline Unfortunately although the federal government has now axed this project 3 times the State of Colorado is still moving forward with a planning process to study the Flaming Gorge Pipeline Governor Hickenlooper who has publicly supported funding for this process needs to hear from you today Please send Governor Hickenlooper an email at this link click here Please be respectful but also direct and persuasive Also you can send a tweet to Governor Hickenlooper at this twitter address HickForCo Here s a sample tweet HickForCo please stop pushing Flaming Gorge Pipeline Feds axed it 3x CO should protect the Green and CoRiver environment and economy When you take action to protect the Green and Colorado Rivers from the Flaming Gorge Pipeline you will be joining an extraordinary group of over 100 Colorado business who just today sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper asking him to stop studying this destructive pipeline and focus instead on common sense solutions to Colorado s water supply needs Read the business letter here The Flaming Gorge Pipeline is down but not out Please take action today by contacting Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper Let s pull the final plug on this project If you live in Utah you can also contact Governor Herbert at this action alert Thank you

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