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  • Is The Colorado Water Plan Ethically Bankrupt? | Save the Colorado
    send over the state boundary For example on page 311 the plan hammers this point home saying that the State government will Protect Colorado s ability to fully develop compact entitlements and continue to support agreements that strengthen Colorado s position in interstate negotiations while ensuring the long term viability of Colorado s interstate compacts and relationships underline added By saying that Colorado will fully develop compact entitlements the State is saying that they will make sure that not one drop of water leaves the state that is not legally required to flow over the state boundary This would mean huge and dramatic new diversions of water out of Colorado s rivers and it would mean dramatic reductions in flows in the North Platte in Wyoming South Platte River in Nebraska Arkansas River in Kansas Rio Grande River in New Mexico San Juan River in Utah Colorado River in Utah and Yampa River in Utah Because climate change has and will continue to dramatically alter streamflows in Colorado s headwaters rivers mostly downward it is not clear how much water Colorado is still entitled to divert However as just one example cities along the Front Range of Colorado believe they can still divert up to 1 million acre feet of water out of just the Colorado River as this news story in the July 10 th Glenwood Springs Independent makes clear The cities point to state estimates that there is up to 1 million acre feet of Colorado River water to still be developed in the state with 600 000 more acre feet each year that could be developed in the Colorado River basin upstream of the proposed Glenwood whitewater parks and 150 000 acre feet below them It s also clear that every upper basin state in the Colorado

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  • Take Action To Protect The Colorado River! | Save the Colorado
    climate change will play if these projects move forward The two dam diversion projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project in Grand County Colorado would take an average of 50 000 acre feet of new water out of the Colorado River and in wet years they could take up to 100 000 acre feet of water out of the river over 32 BILLION GALLONS At the very same time the Colorado River is already stretched beyond the breaking point downstream and on the verge of having shortage declarations in Arizona Nevada and Southern California Further climate change models are putting a bullseye on the Colorado River ecosystem and predicting that flows in the river could decrease 9 30 in a hotter drier climate changed world NASA says climate change could cause a MEGADROUGHT in the Southwest U S Yet the U S Army Corps of Engineers is considering new dam diversion projects without even analyzing climate change Click here to send an email to the Army Corps The Environmental Impact Statement documents for these two projects must analyze climate change in order to comply with federal law We sent the Army Corps two long technical documents about how climate change needs to be analyzed and now its your turn to speak directly to the Army Corps Don t let the Army Corps issue a Record of Decision on these two projects until they analyze the role the new dams diversions will play in escalating shortages and a call on the river as climate change further threatens the river and water supply system in the Southwest U S Click Here To Send An Email To The Army Corps Thank you for taking action This entry was posted in Take Action Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are

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  • Please take action now! The State of Colorado needs to hear your river-saving voice! | Save the Colorado
    developers who want to drain even more water out of all of Colorado s rivers and pipe it to the Denver metropolitan area to fuel subsidize and slake the thirst of new growth These developers and cities need to focus on water conservation efficiency and recycling instead of draining more water out of our rivers Your voice can make a difference now at a critical time Please click here to our Email Campaign to send an email to Governor John Hickenlooper Your email will be taken as public comment in the Colorado Water Plan process and it needs to come as soon as possible A lot is at stake As you know the Southwest U S and California are in an extended drought Climate change is already here and further threatening the health of our rivers And the human population of the Southwest continues to grow States and cities need to chart a new path forward a major course correction and focus on conservation as soon as possible Take a good long look at the photograph to the left We ve been covering this story of the restored pulse flow to the Colorado River Delta for a couple of months By Thursday the Colorado River is likely to meet the Sea of Cortez you can see it almost there now flowing downstream and edging closer to the tidal channel of sea water that flows upstream At the very moment in history when we are making great strides to restore the Colorado River IS NOT the moment to start diverting even more water out of it Enjoy the photo and stay in touch with our facebook page to see updates And again please click through here to send an email to Governor Hickenlooper Thank you for your support It matters This

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  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Governor Hickenlooper “Start With Conservation” | Save the Colorado
    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 This entry was posted in Take Action by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board PRESS RELEASE California Waterkeepers Support Transferring CA Water

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  • What will be harmed by the Flaming Gorge Pipeline? | Save the Colorado
    posted in Take Action Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board PRESS RELEASE California Waterkeepers Support Transferring CA Water to CORiver Delta Colorado River Update Are you READY TO RUMBLE in 2016 PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Take Action Take Action To

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  • Save The Colorado - River
    your donation will make a difference in our ability to keep this river alive for future generations of people and the non human species that depend on it for survival Please donate online Or send a check to Save The Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 Please make the check out to Save The Colorado and include your mailing address on the check Save The Colorado is a

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  • Save the Colorado | Just another WordPress site | Page 3
    rage is dogs on paddle boards Facebook is all a twitter with paddle boarding dogs Here s a sampling to get you howling Enjoy Next week we will be back with normal and important news and action items for you to help Save The Colorado River Have a great weekend and thank you for your support Like Save The Colorado on Facebook here Follow Save The Colorado on Twitter here Donate to Save The Colorado here Posted in Uncategorized Is The Colorado Water Plan Ethically Bankrupt Posted on July 13 2015 by admin Is The Colorado Water Plan Ethically Bankrupt Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do Potter Stewart On Tuesday July 7 th the second draft of the Colorado Water Plan was released to the public The plan now 2 years in the making and with thousands of public comments calls for an all of the above water strategy that includes further draining and destroying the rivers across the state of Colorado This plan may be rooted in the legal system of water rights in the Southwest U S although we think it absolutely won t pass the test of the National Environmental Policy Act Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act when they try to permit these massive new dam and diversion projects But another question of paramount importance does the Colorado Water Plan pass any kind of ethical smell test The plan further entrenches the parochial state by state interest in the Southwest U S by repeatedly talking about Colorado s entitlements to water Whereas states usually say they are allotted water through interstate and federal agreements Colorado escalates the discussion by using rhetoric about entitlements and how they will use their entitled water Federal laws exist often called compacts which requires Colorado to let legal minimum streamflows leave the state and flow into Nebraska Wyoming Utah and New Mexico But the Colorado Water Plan makes it dead clear that the Colorado state government intends to stop every drop of water at the state line that it isn t legally required to send over the state boundary For example on page 311 the plan hammers this point home saying that the State government will Protect Colorado s ability to fully develop compact entitlements and continue to support agreements that strengthen Colorado s position in interstate negotiations while ensuring the long term viability of Colorado s interstate compacts and relationships underline added By saying that Colorado will fully develop compact entitlements the State is saying that they will make sure that not one drop of water leaves the state that is not legally required to flow over the state boundary This would mean huge and dramatic new diversions of water out of Colorado s rivers and it would mean dramatic reductions in flows in the North Platte in Wyoming South Platte River in Nebraska Arkansas River in Kansas Rio Grande River in New Mexico San Juan River in Utah Colorado River in Utah and Yampa River in Utah Because climate change has and will continue to dramatically alter streamflows in Colorado s headwaters rivers mostly downward it is not clear how much water Colorado is still entitled to divert However as just one example cities along the Front Range of Colorado believe they can still divert up to 1 million acre feet of water out of just the Colorado River as this news story in the July 10 th Glenwood Springs Independent makes clear The cities point to state estimates that there is up to 1 million acre feet of Colorado River water to still be developed in the state with 600 000 more acre feet each year that could be developed in the Colorado River basin upstream of the proposed Glenwood whitewater parks and 150 000 acre feet below them It s also clear that every upper basin state in the Colorado River basin is trying to do the exact same thing Wyoming and Utah are also planning new diversions to get their entitled water which would further deplete the Colorado Green and Yampa Rivers But even if we assume that the water exists and that the law allows Colorado to divert it before it crosses the state line does Colorado have an ethical right to divert it and further drain and destroy all of these rivers Either the laws are broken or the plans are ethically bankrupt because if we follow the laws and the plans the rivers of the West will be further destroyed What is the lesson that we d leave the next generation We didn t break the law Colorado may think it has a right to further drain all of these rivers but is it right to do it Gary Wockner PhD is Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE 2nd Draft Colorado Water Plan Fails To Protect Colorado River Posted on July 7 2015 by admin For Immediate Release July 7 2015 Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner Executive Director 970 218 8310 Second Draft Colorado Water Plan Fails To Protect Health of Colorado River Ecosystem At the very same time that a major alarm clock is going off at Lake Mead every Upper Basin state including Colorado is hitting the snooze button Everyone thinks they re entitled but they ain t no water left to be entitled to Gary Wockner Save The Colorado Colorado River USA Today the State of Colorado Water Conservation Board released the second draft of the Colorado Water Plan In the works for two years and set to be finalized at the end of 2015 the 479 page second draft link here fails to protect the health of the Colorado River ecosystem In its beginning pages the draft says it will defend Colorado s compact entitlements page 6 The beginning of Chapter 8 gets right to the bone of the issue when it says the Plan s goal is to Protect Colorado s ability to fully develop compact entitlements and continue to support agreements that strengthen Colorado s position in interstate negotiations while ensuring the long term viability of Colorado s interstate compacts and relationships page 311 bold added This draft plan protects Colorado s water but does not protect the health of the Colorado River ecosystem said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign Colorado is looking out for itself and not for the health of the ecosystem that supports the entire Southwest United States Colorado is not in a unique position in this parochial stance Recently both Utah and Wyoming have engaged in planning processes in which they too have said they aim to get all of their entitled water out of the Colorado River ecosystem see link here with sub links to articles by Gary Wockner Further like Colorado both states have multiple projects planned to further drain the Colorado River and its tributaries All of this is happening as Lake Mead farther downstream continually hits its lowest levels in history likely on the verge of an official shortage declaration by the U S Bureau of Reclamation in the next few years At the very same time that a major alarm clock is going off at Lake Mead every Upper Basin state including Colorado is hitting the snooze button said Wockner Everyone thinks they re entitled but they ain t no water left to be entitled to The Law of the River is broken continued Wockner The Colorado River is drained dry at the end is on life support in the middle and is further threatened by the Upper Basin states at the top The states are giving lip service by saying we re all in this together at the same time they are planning for the complete demise of the Colorado River ecosystem Everybody is speaking for their state interest but nobody is speaking for the river nobody end Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Lake Mead hits trigger point for shortages Posted on June 25 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River The water supply situation continues to deteriorate across the Colorado River basin as Lake Mead the largest reservoir in the U S hit its lowest point in history this week Further the lake is expected to decline even more as the summer plays out The lake hit the trigger point of 1 075 feet above sea level which may cause the first official shortage to be declared on the Colorado River in the next year or two This shortage would force cutbacks in water deliveries to Arizona Las Vegas and Southern California In this EcoWatch article I call this decline the condor in the coal mine and continue The health of the river and water supplies across the Southwest U S are continuing to decline People are literally draining everything What can be done to fix this mess As I ve written elsewhere we need to 1 stop all new proposed diversions out of the river so it doesn t get worse 2 dramatically ramp up conservation efforts like those noted in this report titled The Hardest Working River and 3 the federal government and the states need to negotiate a new Colorado River Compact that doesn t drain the river OK now you want some more bad news Just a few days ago the State of Wyoming announced that they are proposing to take a massive new amount of water out of the Colorado River system to be used for energy development and other needs they haven t yet identified The proposal would be the largest new diversion of water out of the Green River in decades 150 000 acre feet which would no longer flow into the Colorado River and would surely cause trouble downstream as the levels in Lake Mead continue to drop Further of course the diversion would continue the draining and ecological destruction of the health of the river system from Wyoming all the way to the Gulf of California As I ve noted before in other articles all of the upstream states Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico are proposing to further drain the system and imperil the health of the river OK how about a little good news In addition to helping us advocate to protect and restore this imperiled river system you can also get out there on the rivers and enjoy them while we still can The rains in May and June in Colorado have caused a lot of runoff in the rivers and streams in Colorado and in the Colorado River and so the rafting is great There was good rain in Wyoming too and so the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument is also flowing well In conjunction with our great friends at O A R S Adventure Travel Save The Colorado is offering a Green River raft trip in late August The Green is still a beautiful river a float through Dinosaur National Monument will renew your vigor to fight the dam builders in the future The raft trip is August 23 26 all details are posted here I ll be there as will renown California river advocate Mark Dubois to enjoy the sun and rapids and talk about the great river systems of the Western U S Posted in Uncategorized LET S GO RAFTING Save The Colorado trip August 23 26 Posted on June 22 2015 by admin Hi Friends Let s Go Rafting Our great friends at O A R S Adventure Travel are offering an exclusive non profit rate raft trip for Save The Colorado friends and supporters on the Green River in Utah This 4 day trip is a fundraiser for Save The Colorado and will support our work to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries like the Green River Dates August 23rd 26th 2015 Cost 849 The trip will feature the famous Gates of Lodore landscape the weather will be very warm and your companions on the trip will be great friends of the river The Gates of Lodore deep within Dinosaur National Monument is recognized as one of North America s most beautiful river canyons An archeological treasure chest Lodore also offers a wealth of beauty history and recreation Rippling red and brown sandstone is contrasted against the deep green trees and grasses that grow along the river and up the canyon walls feeding local bighorn sheep Ancient fossils co exist with prehistoric American petroglyphs in these canyons Then there is the river itself first navigated by Major John Wesley Powell on his famous descent that lead him through the Grand Canyon the Green has long been a legendary whitewater run Big wave rapids are exciting for experienced boaters but not so formidable as to discourage first time rafters Join special guest Mark Dubois founder of Friends of the River on the trip In 1979 Mark Dubois captured national headlines when he chained himself to the bedrock of the Stanislaus River Canyon as a new reservoir filled While his action forced only a temporary reprieve for the Stanislaus the growing movement to protect rivers brought a halt to major dam building in the United States Gary Wockner founder of Save the Colorado will also be speaking on the trip which will directly benefit the Colorado River and its tributaries By joining this trip you are joining the force to support the non profit organization Save the Colorado and one of nature s greatest rivers This trip has a limited number of seats available so contact us soon The trip is fully supported by OARS great food excellent guides and awesome fun Click here to see the full details of the trip including itinerary gear and travel arrangements http www savethecolorado org blog wp content uploads 2015 06 Save the Colorado Green River Gates of Lodore Itinerary OARS pdf Please contact Emily Kay below to book the trip Emily Kay Reservations Specialist The O A R S Family of Companies PO Box 67 Angels Camp CA 95222 Phone 209 753 4790 Email EmilyK oars com Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Take Action To Protect The Grand Canyon Posted on June 2 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River A quick action alert for you to jump on The U S Forest Service is considering public comment on a massive new housing development on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon This development proposes to quadruple the number of houses environmental impacts and congestion at the South Rim The development is opposed by many major environmental groups even the U S Park Service has called the development a threat to the Grand Canyon see story in Los Angeles Times here Our friends at the Sierra Club have created this handy action alert that you can click through to send an email to the U S Forest Service As the Sierra Club states The development will transform the area into a bustling resort complex that will strip the land of its quickly depleting resources and impact the quality of life for local residents and surrounding wildlife AND we still don t know where the water will come from Please click through here to send an email to the Forest Service protesting this development And now for all the rest of the Colorado River news First the level of Lake Mead continues to drop which is causing increasing calls for action throughout the Southwest U S Into that mix the news service ProPublica has launched a major provocative multi part series of stories about the Colorado River Lake Mead and the problems facing water management in the Southwest U S The first story was titled Holy Crop and focused on unsustainable cotton farming in Arizona The second story just posted today is titled The Water Witch and focuses on former Las Vegas Water Czar Pat Mulroy Question Is it part Pat Mulroy s fault that Lake Mead continues to plummet Second the water wars in Colorado continue to heat up as Colorado moves forward with its Water Plan and as two water agencies Denver Water and Northern Water move forward with their proposals to build two new dam reservoir diversion projects that would drain even more water out of the Colorado River Both of the projects are expected to be hotly contested we are fighting to stop Denver s Moffat Project and Northern Water s Windy Gap Firming Project through the permitting process It makes no sense to be planning to even further drain the Colorado River thus imperiling the health of the river as well as water supplies for Arizona Nevada and California Colorado needs to stop the madness Read our latest commentary about the Colorado Water Plan here Hijacking the Colorado Water Plan and about one of the proposed dam reservoir projects here Will Colorado Violate The Clean Water Act Finally amidst the amazing drought in California the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just committed to spend 350 million to remove lawns throughout their service area Will this drought signal the final inevitable and necessary Death of the Lawn in the Southwest U S See the story in the LA Times here That s real money and maybe hope for saner water policies throughout the region Thank you for your support and stay tuned Posted in Uncategorized Will Colorado Violate The Clean Water Act Posted on May 28 2015 by admin For Immediate Release May 28 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Colorado s Draft Permit For The Windy Gap Firming Project Violates The Clean Water Act And Further Drains West Slope s Colorado River Denver Today Save The Colorado sent extensive comments to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment informing them that their draft 401 water quality certification for the Windy Gap Firming Project Project fails to comply with

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