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  • Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers | Save the Colorado
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/green-river-among-america%e2%80%99s-most-endangered-rivers/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River, Strong Economy, and Clean Water | Save the Colorado
    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 This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board PRESS

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-strong-economy-and-clean-water/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Is Top Employer in Southwest U.S. | Save the Colorado
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-is-top-employer-in-southwest-u-s/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Big News Week for the Colorado River! | Save the Colorado
    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 This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/big-news-week-for-the-colorado-river/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Gov. should say ‘No’ to Flaming Gorge plan | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Groups Deliver 5,000 signatures to Restore the Colorado River Delta | Save the Colorado
    and opportunities in the Delta which used to be a 2 million acre wetland and one of the most vibrant migratory bird oases in the Amiercas Over the last few months Jon Waterman who recently paddled from the Source to the Sea of the river published an editorial in the New York Times Sandra Postel published an editorial in the Los Angeles times Alexandra Cousteau published an editorial in the San Diego Unition Tribune Gary Wockner published an editorial in Huffington Post Pete McBride s film Chasing Water which in part highlighted the dry Delta has won numerous awards throughout the U S and beyond The Save the Colorado River campaign visited the Delta with the Sonoran Institute to better understand opportunities to restore it Two young adventurers from Colorado College Will and Zak finished their own Source to Sea paddle and did a video interview with U S Department of Interior officials highlighting the opportunity to restore the Delta The 370 member business coalition dedicated to protecting the Colorado River Protect the Flows sent five business leaders to the Delta to inspect its current state and reflect on the importance of flows for their own businesses back home The leaders reported back on their trip to Members of Congress and the Department of Interior during their follow up trip to Washington DC in January Both Jon Waterman and Pete McBride published books about the Colorado River highlighting the dry Delta that were widely acclaimed Very recently the Redford Center created the Watershed Movie also highlighting the dry Delta and had its opening night in Washington D C with remarks by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and the film s producer Robert Redford And finally the Sonoran Institute officially created a Water Trust that is starting to raise money to buy

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/groups-deliver-5000-signatures-to-restore-the-colorado-river-delta/ (2016-02-12)
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  • JUST ADD WATER: Bringing The Colorado River Delta Back To Life! | Save the Colorado
    drained bone dry its water diverted away for nearby towns and farms Though the diversion provides water for some people it completely destroys the Colorado River and the culture of the former people who depended on it Below is a photo of Cocopah tribal elder Colin Soto standing on top of the Moreles Dam with the dry Colorado River in the background Colin is a part of the coalition effort to bring water back to the River and the Delta The Sonoran Institute is working hard in the Delta with a partner Mexican organization Pro Natura to bring water back to the Delta and to restore wetlands and riparian wildlife corridors for the benefit of the environment the people and a growing eco tourism economy Below is a photo of our tour group discussing wetlands restoration near the Mexicali wastewater treatment facility We also visited a tree planting restoration site that will soon help connect a growing assembly of wildlife corridors up and down the Delta Below we heard a presentation about the riparian corridor initiative s work to take advantage of scientifically mapped groundwater levels which will help make sure that restoration efforts are successful as water is slowly returned to the Delta The Colorado River Delta is one of the most degraded ecosystems in North America Two million acres of wetlands have been drained dry only 80 000 acres currently remain But the Sonoran Institute Pro Natura and other partner organizations have big plans to bring water wildlife and a healthier economy back to the Delta Check out these two videos of the Cienega de Santa Clara There is hope when there is passion and work Save the Colorado is helping these groups to Just Add Water to the Colorado River Delta Stay tuned for more information about

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  • Protect The Flows: Congressional letter to Secretary Salazar | Save the Colorado
    point to is a pipeline that would carry water from the Mississippi River westward through 5 states and into the Colorado River system The initial construction costs alone range into the hundreds of billions of dollars a cost that would ultimately show up on people s tax and water bills Other such expensive and elaborate ideas include towing icebergs or large bags of water from Alaska by boat to Southern California Our businesses and these Congressional leaders understand that we don t have time money or political will for proposals that don t have a realistic path to completion said Protect the Flows spokesperson Molly Mugglestone We re going to work together to implement proven low cost solutions that can help sustain our recreation economy our farms and our drinking water The business coalition has thrown their support behind more pragmatic affordable measures that can be implemented in the near term These measures include enhanced urban conservation improved agricultural efficiency and the expanded implementation of water banking a practice that uses market forces to move water to users in need of it Protect the Flows business delegates shared these ideas with the Department of Interior and members of Congress during a visit to Washington D C in February of this year which led to the coalition of Congressional Members sending Dear Colleague letters from both chambers to Secretary Salazar We must sustain the viability of agriculture and provide drinking water for a growing population while keeping enough water in the river to support a healthy ecosystem and the recreation and tourism industries that rely on it We must not forfeit one of Colorado s greatest economic advantages said Senator Mark Udall D Colorado in the letter from the Senate Other signatories on the Senate letter were Tom Udall New Mexico Jeff Bingaman New Mexico and Michael Bennet Colorado In the House New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva Utah Representative Jim Matheson California Representative Grace Napolitano and Colorado Representative Jared Polis joined together to send their own letter The Senate letter can be viewed here and the House letter here The only way to preserve the economic future of the Southwest and the Colorado River system as a whole is to solve this fundamental supply and demand imbalance so we can have enough water available to meet everybody s needs said New Mexico Representative Lujan Focusing on urban conservation agricultural efficiency and water banking will put us in a position to solve this imbalance and do it in a cost effective common sense fashion The Colorado River sustains the economy of the Southwestern United States in several ways In addition to providing drinking water for people from Denver to San Diego the Colorado River is a fundamental component of the recreation and tourism industry which supports nearly 800 000 jobs in the seven Colorado River states The river also irrigates nearly 4 million acres of land which grows 15 of the nation s crops

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/protect-the-flows-congressional-letter-to-secretary-salazar/ (2016-02-12)
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