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  • LET’S GO RAFTING! Save The Colorado trip: August 23 – 26 | Save the Colorado
    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

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  • Save The Colorado Supports “NOT ONE MORE DROP” at July 25 West Slope “Summit” | Save the Colorado
    Colorado River over to the Denver metropolis Just such a massive diversion was discussed last week in this Denver Post story here If such a diversion were to happen it would likely start a water war across the Southwest U S as states fight over the dwindling Colorado River These 7 points have been very controversial See Aspen Times story here The Garfield County Commissioners have put forward a NOT ONE MORE DROP proposal to counter the 7 points The Summit should be a lively event These West Slope commissioners are heading the right direction Save The Colorado supports a Not One More Drop policy for the entire state that should be adopted in the Colorado Water Plan Colorado s rivers have already been drained and depleted it s high time to focus on conservation efficiency growth management and collaboration with farmers instead of further draining Colorado s rivers Gary Wockner Save The Colorado Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado 970 218 8310 This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog

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  • Colorado River Update! It RAINED in Southern California! | Save the Colorado
    There s good bad and ugly in the 2nd draft On the good side the plan has more of a focus on water conservation and on stream management programs that could eventually help heal some of the river destruction that has historically occurred across the state On the bad side the plan supports an all of the above water supply future that includes more dams On the UGLY side the plan lays the groundwork for a major new Trans Mountain Diversion of water out of the Colorado River to be piped over to the sprawling Denver megalopolis One of those proposed projects is called the Yampa River Pumpback which would take a massive amount of water out of the Yampa Colorado s last free flowing river and pipe it over to Denver This Denver Post story discusses that proposal as well as others which prompted Robert F Kennedy Jr who is President of the International Waterkeeper Alliance to say The idea of taking more water out of the Colorado River or its tributaries seems like kind of insanity right now We agree Once again you can click here and send an email to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper telling him to focus on conservation not dams in the Colorado Water Plan Bad News In Utah Last week the State of Utah gave approval to expansion of the first in history tar sands mine in the United States The Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining is allowing the tar sands mine to go forward though it did place some stipulations on water quality monitoring read the story in the Salt Lake Tribune here The mine has been extremely contentious with grassroots advocates as well as big green environmental groups rallying against it The threat of the mine is three fold 1

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  • admin | Save the Colorado | Page 2
    and large construction projects 6 The Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop of water leaves the state in a river that is not required to by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy To fix this problem the Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines making sure enough water leaves the state so that each river is healthy when it crosses state boundaries 7 The Plan proposes that 20 billion needs to be spent to fill the gap build the new dam diversion reservoir projects that will come from all of the new population growth heading to Colorado in the next 45 years Thus the Plan proposes many statewide funding mechanisms including taxes and bonds to pay this enormous price tag Such statewide funding concepts are simply massive subsidies to the growth and development industry to make it easier faster and cheaper for Colorado s population to double To fix this problem the state should let local governments address their water and money gap on their own As such some cities may choose not to grow or may choose to force the growth to pay its own way rather than having it subsidized by state taxpayers Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Colorado Posted in Uncategorized STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Posted on September 28 2015 by admin STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Save The Colorado has taken a formal position in opposition to Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project We oppose the project for these Top Ten Reasons 1 The Moffat Project would further drain and destroy the Fraser River and its tributaries in Grand County 2 The Moffat Project would further drain the Upper Colorado River which has been named one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America and is already near the brink of collapse 3 The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Moffat Project was filled with fatal flaws 4 The proposed mitigation for the project won t even remotely mitigate the impacts to the rivers streams habitat and fisheries in Grand County and downstream 5 Denver Water says it needs the water but nearly half of all of Denver s current water and future proposed water from Moffat is used to keep lawn s green for 3 months in Colorado s late summer semi desert environment 6 The Final Environmental Impact Statement completely fails to address the impact of the diversion on the Colorado River Compact and the potential for a call on the river especially in light of future climate change which will further decrease flows 7 The Moffat Project would require a massive 5 year construction project the largest in Boulder County history to expand Gross Dam and Reservoir that would completely disrupt the lives and quality of life of homeowners living near and around the reservoir in Southwestern Boulder County 8 Denver Water doesn t need more water but even if it wants more water it can easily get more water by investing more money in alternative water supply systems including water conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and working with farmers 9 The construction project to expand Gross Dam would be a huge emitter of greenhouse gas emissions an impact that is not studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement 10 Instead of hiring independent peer reviewed unbiased scientists to analyze the Moffat Project proposal the Army Corps of Engineers hired engineering firms which specialize in building dams and large construction projects to create the Final Environmental Impact Statement and thus the entire process is biased and scientifically invalid Save The Colorado has inserted numerous documents comments and technical reports into the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process for the Moffat Project We are waiting now to see what the Corps will do they say they will make a permitting decision in 2016 StopMoffat org Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY Posted on September 23 2015 by admin For Immediate Release September 23 2015 Contact Gary Wockner E D Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY ON COLORADO RIVER Colorado River USA As the Pope descends on America bringing new attention to climate change Save The Colorado is demanding that the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps to do the same thing as it considers new permits on water projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River The Corps is currently in the last stages of the permitting process for two river Jim Creek in Grand County Colorado a tributary to the Colorado River that is often drained dry by Denver Water destroying water projects the Moffat Collection System Project and the Windy Gap Firming Project which would collectively drain a new 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries In wet years the projects could drain up to 100 000 acre feet 32 BILLION GALLONS which equals approximately 1 FOOT OF ELEVATION IN LAKE MEAD Both projects would divert water out of tributaries to the Upper Colorado River and pipe it under the continental divide over to the sprawling suburbs of the Denver megalopolis primarily to keep lawns green in the summer in Colorado s semi desert environment At the same time that a shortage was almost declared on the Colorado River in Arizona Nevada and Southern California in 2015 that a call on the river is a commonplace discussion in the Colorado Water Plan process and that climate change threatens to drain 9 30 more water out of the river the Corps may permit projects to drain even more water out of the river at the very top of the Colorado River basin In response Save The Colorado sent two long technical documents to the Corps outlining the threat of climate change and the call on the river that could be exacerbated by the new diversions in Colorado Document 1 is about Moffat document 2 is about Windy Gap The Army Corps must take climate change seriously on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado Diverting new water out of the river at the top of the basin will increase the likelihood of a shortage and call on the river at the bottom of the basin which could completely destabilize water supplies and the Southwest s economy While the U S government allots 16 5 million acre feet maf of water to be diverted out of the Colorado River or sent to Mexico 15 maf for the U S 1 5 maf for Mexico on average each year over the last 15 years an average of only 12 5 maf has actually flowed in the river due to drought and climate change The U S Bureau of Reclamation claims that climate change will likely permanently decrease the amount of water in the river down to 13 7 maf by the year 2060 see STC s documents for details The Environmental Impact Statement processes for Moffat and Windy Gap have completely ignored how these new diversions would interact with climate change to force a call on the river across the basin said Wockner The Army Corps of Engineers must analyze this likelihood in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act On September 21st Save The Colorado sent out an action alert to its members asking them to contact the Corps about this issue 600 people across the Southwest U S sent emails to the Corps The Corps responded Thank you for the comment It will be considered prior to decision making end Posted in Uncategorized Take Action To Protect The Colorado River Posted on September 21 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River I need you to take action today click here to send an email to the U S Army Corps of Engineers The U S Army Corps of Engineers is on the verge of issuing a Record of Decision on two dam diversion projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River to supply even more water to the sprawling Denver area metropolis most of which will be used to keep lawns green in the semi desert environment However the Corps has so far completely failed to analyze the role 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 Posted in Take Action Uncategorized Top 5 Problems With Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan Posted on September 15 2015 by admin From Save The Colorado To Colorado Water Conservation Board Re Comments on Draft 2 of Colorado Water Plan Date September 15 2015 1 We disagree with the premise put forward in Governor Hickenlooper s Executive Order and carried forward in Draft 2 of the Plan that agriculture must be protected If farmers want to sell their water that s their business Further transferring water from farms to cities whether by traditional or alternative methods is always a less environmentally damaging and more practicable alternative as opposed to further draining and destroying rivers The Colorado Water Plan should support transferring water from farms to cities in order to meet new demand 2 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on meeting new demand by building more dams and diversions on Colorado s rivers The Plan should solely focus on water supply alternatives including conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and transferring water from farms 3 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on streamlining permitting processes These permitting process were enacted by our forefathers and foremothers to make sure due public process and environmental protection were guaranteed as a public right and responsibility when large scale environmental damage is proposed by new dams diversions The Plan should protect and enhance permitting so as to better protect and restore rivers 4 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan does not focus enough on protecting and restoring Colorado s rivers including dam removal nor enough on providing funding for stream and habitat protection 5 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop leaves the state in a river that is not required by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy the Colorado Water Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines Thank you for considering our comments Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado The mission of Save The Colorado is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea Save The Colorado focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects supporting alternatives to dams and diversions fighting and adapting to climate change supporting river and fish species restoration and removing deadbeat dams Save The Colorado has thousands of supporters throughout the Southwest U S from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Will GODZILLA El Nino Save Us Posted on August 31 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Will GODZILLA save us Seriously that s the talk of water managers in the Colorado River basin these days A few months ago water managers across the basin breathed a huge sigh of relief when Miracle Rains happened in Colorado and Wyoming which put off the first ever water shortage declaration on the Colorado River until 2017 Two weeks ago the Associated Press gave me a call and ask me my thoughts about this change and here s what I said The water supply situation is getting worse but not as fast as it was prior to the miracle rains in May and June in Colorado There s no sustainable path forward unless water supply managers make consequential change or unless the climate gets wetter see New York Times story here And now believe it or not water supply managers seem to be banking on the climate getting wetter at least in the short term in the form of GODZILLA El Nino this coming winter see this Los Angeles Times article here Past El Ninos have brought record rainfall to Southern California and the far southwest U S and that is a good thing But Save The Colorado believes water managers should be planning on protecting the Colorado River and its water supplies in case Miracles and Godzilla don t come to save us As we ve noted time and time again and as I repeat in my latest High Country News column here water managers in Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico are proposing more and more dams and diversions which will drain the Colorado River even farther and imperil the health of the river and water supplies for the Southwest U S My column is titled While the Animas River spill is eye catching Western rivers face an even bigger threat and was syndicated throughout the West by the Writers on the Range news service I went further on the record last night in this Colorado Channel 9 TV News story here where I chastised the State of Colorado from which over 50 of the Colorado River s flow originates in its mountains for planning for even more dams and diversions in its Colorado Water Plan process Over the past few months we have asked you all several times to weigh in on the Colorado Water Plan and send emails asking for more conservation and no new dams Well in the second draft of the Plan they are asking for both an all of the above water policy that both conserves water and further destroys our rivers That s why Save The Colorado believes we need more immediate and proactive measures to protect the river and water supplies We support Stopping all new dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries Dramatically ramping up water conservation programs in cities across the Southwest U S that depend on Colorado River water Aggressively rethinking and changing the use of agricultural water so that low value crops and wasteful irrigation methods are phased out Storing water in underground aquifers rather than in above ground reservoirs where the water evaporates and seeps away costing the Colorado River over 1 10th of its entire flow Changing the Colorado River Compact so that it s based on real science about how much water flows in the river and on likely decreases in water due to climate change Restoring a small permanent flow of water back to the Colorado River Delta where the river no longer meets the sea All of this is possible And all of this can happen if we all stick together and move forward to make it happen Last week Save The Colorado went on an amazing raft trip on the Green River through Gates of Lodore and Echo Canyon Talking with friends and colleagues we envision a future for the Colorado River that protects this amazing resource for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that depend on it for survival in a world that is increasingly uncertain due to climate change The time to plan and act is now Water managers may be depending on Miracles and Godzilla but we are not Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more news and action Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Water Storage at Lowest Point in History Posted on August 6 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Bad News Despite the heavy rains in Colorado this May and June it barely made a dent in the declining health of the Colorado River and its water storage at Lakes Powell and Mead In fact the lake levels continue to fall and are now at the lowest combined storage level in history See the graph to the left provided to us by John Fleck at

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  • Uncategorized | Save the Colorado | Page 2
    and large construction projects 6 The Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop of water leaves the state in a river that is not required to by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy To fix this problem the Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines making sure enough water leaves the state so that each river is healthy when it crosses state boundaries 7 The Plan proposes that 20 billion needs to be spent to fill the gap build the new dam diversion reservoir projects that will come from all of the new population growth heading to Colorado in the next 45 years Thus the Plan proposes many statewide funding mechanisms including taxes and bonds to pay this enormous price tag Such statewide funding concepts are simply massive subsidies to the growth and development industry to make it easier faster and cheaper for Colorado s population to double To fix this problem the state should let local governments address their water and money gap on their own As such some cities may choose not to grow or may choose to force the growth to pay its own way rather than having it subsidized by state taxpayers Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Colorado Posted in Uncategorized STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Posted on September 28 2015 by admin STOP MOFFAT Why we oppose Denver Water s river draining dam expansion plan Save The Colorado has taken a formal position in opposition to Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project We oppose the project for these Top Ten Reasons 1 The Moffat Project would further drain and destroy the Fraser River and its tributaries in Grand County 2 The Moffat Project would further drain the Upper Colorado River which has been named one of the Most Endangered Rivers in America and is already near the brink of collapse 3 The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Moffat Project was filled with fatal flaws 4 The proposed mitigation for the project won t even remotely mitigate the impacts to the rivers streams habitat and fisheries in Grand County and downstream 5 Denver Water says it needs the water but nearly half of all of Denver s current water and future proposed water from Moffat is used to keep lawn s green for 3 months in Colorado s late summer semi desert environment 6 The Final Environmental Impact Statement completely fails to address the impact of the diversion on the Colorado River Compact and the potential for a call on the river especially in light of future climate change which will further decrease flows 7 The Moffat Project would require a massive 5 year construction project the largest in Boulder County history to expand Gross Dam and Reservoir that would completely disrupt the lives and quality of life of homeowners living near and around the reservoir in Southwestern Boulder County 8 Denver Water doesn t need more water but even if it wants more water it can easily get more water by investing more money in alternative water supply systems including water conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and working with farmers 9 The construction project to expand Gross Dam would be a huge emitter of greenhouse gas emissions an impact that is not studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement 10 Instead of hiring independent peer reviewed unbiased scientists to analyze the Moffat Project proposal the Army Corps of Engineers hired engineering firms which specialize in building dams and large construction projects to create the Final Environmental Impact Statement and thus the entire process is biased and scientifically invalid Save The Colorado has inserted numerous documents comments and technical reports into the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process for the Moffat Project We are waiting now to see what the Corps will do they say they will make a permitting decision in 2016 StopMoffat org Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY Posted on September 23 2015 by admin For Immediate Release September 23 2015 Contact Gary Wockner E D Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 U S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY ON COLORADO RIVER Colorado River USA As the Pope descends on America bringing new attention to climate change Save The Colorado is demanding that the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps to do the same thing as it considers new permits on water projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River The Corps is currently in the last stages of the permitting process for two river Jim Creek in Grand County Colorado a tributary to the Colorado River that is often drained dry by Denver Water destroying water projects the Moffat Collection System Project and the Windy Gap Firming Project which would collectively drain a new 50 000 acre feet of water out of the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries In wet years the projects could drain up to 100 000 acre feet 32 BILLION GALLONS which equals approximately 1 FOOT OF ELEVATION IN LAKE MEAD Both projects would divert water out of tributaries to the Upper Colorado River and pipe it under the continental divide over to the sprawling suburbs of the Denver megalopolis primarily to keep lawns green in the summer in Colorado s semi desert environment At the same time that a shortage was almost declared on the Colorado River in Arizona Nevada and Southern California in 2015 that a call on the river is a commonplace discussion in the Colorado Water Plan process and that climate change threatens to drain 9 30 more water out of the river the Corps may permit projects to drain even more water out of the river at the very top of the Colorado River basin In response Save The Colorado sent two long technical documents to the Corps outlining the threat of climate change and the call on the river that could be exacerbated by the new diversions in Colorado Document 1 is about Moffat document 2 is about Windy Gap The Army Corps must take climate change seriously on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado Diverting new water out of the river at the top of the basin will increase the likelihood of a shortage and call on the river at the bottom of the basin which could completely destabilize water supplies and the Southwest s economy While the U S government allots 16 5 million acre feet maf of water to be diverted out of the Colorado River or sent to Mexico 15 maf for the U S 1 5 maf for Mexico on average each year over the last 15 years an average of only 12 5 maf has actually flowed in the river due to drought and climate change The U S Bureau of Reclamation claims that climate change will likely permanently decrease the amount of water in the river down to 13 7 maf by the year 2060 see STC s documents for details The Environmental Impact Statement processes for Moffat and Windy Gap have completely ignored how these new diversions would interact with climate change to force a call on the river across the basin said Wockner The Army Corps of Engineers must analyze this likelihood in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act On September 21st Save The Colorado sent out an action alert to its members asking them to contact the Corps about this issue 600 people across the Southwest U S sent emails to the Corps The Corps responded Thank you for the comment It will be considered prior to decision making end Posted in Uncategorized Take Action To Protect The Colorado River Posted on September 21 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River I need you to take action today click here to send an email to the U S Army Corps of Engineers The U S Army Corps of Engineers is on the verge of issuing a Record of Decision on two dam diversion projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River to supply even more water to the sprawling Denver area metropolis most of which will be used to keep lawns green in the semi desert environment However the Corps has so far completely failed to analyze the role 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 Posted in Take Action Uncategorized Top 5 Problems With Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan Posted on September 15 2015 by admin From Save The Colorado To Colorado Water Conservation Board Re Comments on Draft 2 of Colorado Water Plan Date September 15 2015 1 We disagree with the premise put forward in Governor Hickenlooper s Executive Order and carried forward in Draft 2 of the Plan that agriculture must be protected If farmers want to sell their water that s their business Further transferring water from farms to cities whether by traditional or alternative methods is always a less environmentally damaging and more practicable alternative as opposed to further draining and destroying rivers The Colorado Water Plan should support transferring water from farms to cities in order to meet new demand 2 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on meeting new demand by building more dams and diversions on Colorado s rivers The Plan should solely focus on water supply alternatives including conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and transferring water from farms 3 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on streamlining permitting processes These permitting process were enacted by our forefathers and foremothers to make sure due public process and environmental protection were guaranteed as a public right and responsibility when large scale environmental damage is proposed by new dams diversions The Plan should protect and enhance permitting so as to better protect and restore rivers 4 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan does not focus enough on protecting and restoring Colorado s rivers including dam removal nor enough on providing funding for stream and habitat protection 5 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop leaves the state in a river that is not required by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy the Colorado Water Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines Thank you for considering our comments Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado The mission of Save The Colorado is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea Save The Colorado focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects supporting alternatives to dams and diversions fighting and adapting to climate change supporting river and fish species restoration and removing deadbeat dams Save The Colorado has thousands of supporters throughout the Southwest U S from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Will GODZILLA El Nino Save Us Posted on August 31 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Will GODZILLA save us Seriously that s the talk of water managers in the Colorado River basin these days A few months ago water managers across the basin breathed a huge sigh of relief when Miracle Rains happened in Colorado and Wyoming which put off the first ever water shortage declaration on the Colorado River until 2017 Two weeks ago the Associated Press gave me a call and ask me my thoughts about this change and here s what I said The water supply situation is getting worse but not as fast as it was prior to the miracle rains in May and June in Colorado There s no sustainable path forward unless water supply managers make consequential change or unless the climate gets wetter see New York Times story here And now believe it or not water supply managers seem to be banking on the climate getting wetter at least in the short term in the form of GODZILLA El Nino this coming winter see this Los Angeles Times article here Past El Ninos have brought record rainfall to Southern California and the far southwest U S and that is a good thing But Save The Colorado believes water managers should be planning on protecting the Colorado River and its water supplies in case Miracles and Godzilla don t come to save us As we ve noted time and time again and as I repeat in my latest High Country News column here water managers in Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico are proposing more and more dams and diversions which will drain the Colorado River even farther and imperil the health of the river and water supplies for the Southwest U S My column is titled While the Animas River spill is eye catching Western rivers face an even bigger threat and was syndicated throughout the West by the Writers on the Range news service I went further on the record last night in this Colorado Channel 9 TV News story here where I chastised the State of Colorado from which over 50 of the Colorado River s flow originates in its mountains for planning for even more dams and diversions in its Colorado Water Plan process Over the past few months we have asked you all several times to weigh in on the Colorado Water Plan and send emails asking for more conservation and no new dams Well in the second draft of the Plan they are asking for both an all of the above water policy that both conserves water and further destroys our rivers That s why Save The Colorado believes we need more immediate and proactive measures to protect the river and water supplies We support Stopping all new dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries Dramatically ramping up water conservation programs in cities across the Southwest U S that depend on Colorado River water Aggressively rethinking and changing the use of agricultural water so that low value crops and wasteful irrigation methods are phased out Storing water in underground aquifers rather than in above ground reservoirs where the water evaporates and seeps away costing the Colorado River over 1 10th of its entire flow Changing the Colorado River Compact so that it s based on real science about how much water flows in the river and on likely decreases in water due to climate change Restoring a small permanent flow of water back to the Colorado River Delta where the river no longer meets the sea All of this is possible And all of this can happen if we all stick together and move forward to make it happen Last week Save The Colorado went on an amazing raft trip on the Green River through Gates of Lodore and Echo Canyon Talking with friends and colleagues we envision a future for the Colorado River that protects this amazing resource for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that depend on it for survival in a world that is increasingly uncertain due to climate change The time to plan and act is now Water managers may be depending on Miracles and Godzilla but we are not Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more news and action Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Water Storage at Lowest Point in History Posted on August 6 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Bad News Despite the heavy rains in Colorado this May and June it barely made a dent in the declining health of the Colorado River and its water storage at Lakes Powell and Mead In fact the lake levels continue to fall and are now at the lowest combined storage level in history See the graph to the left provided to us by John Fleck at

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    dollar water project It s like these states are engaging in Mutually Assured Destruction MAD where every stakeholder is fighting to get the last river destroying drops of water out of the system Save The Colorado oppose all new projects that want to take more water out of the Colorado River What can you do to help Two things 1 May 1st is the deadline to send in comments opposing the State of Colorado s Water Plan This plan proposes a massive number of new dams and water projects across the state costing billions of dollars Please click through here to send an email to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper 2 Join Save The Colorado By joining our organization you help us get legal standing to fight these bad water projects all across the Colorado River basin And when you join we send you a t shirt Click here to join and get a t shirt Thank you for your attention and support Stay tuned for more action Posted in Uncategorized April 1st Press Release Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Want NO More Dams Posted on April 1 2015 by admin For Immediate Release April 1 2015 Contact Gary Wockner Save The Colorado 970 218 8310 Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Switch Positions Call For No New Dams or Diversions and For Healthy River Flows Colorado River USA Today in a joint statement the governors in the Upper Colorado River basin switched their long held positions and plans and called for no new dams or diversions on the Colorado River and its tributaries in order to ensure healthy river flows The statement comes on the heels of an extended 15 year drought in the Colorado River basin including the worst drought in history in California and also in response to NASA scientists whose recent report warned of a MEGADROUGHT due to climate change in the Southwest U S Each governor issued a similar statement There will be NO new dams and diversions in my state Our rivers should be healthy and run as freely as possible We re excited to see these governors change their positions and face the reality of drought and climate change throughout the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign These Upper Basin states were on track to spend tens of billions of dollars or more of taxpayer dollars to build hundreds of new river destroying projects The new approach by these forward thinking Western leaders will protect the river and water supplies for future generations of people and hundreds of species of fish birds and animals The statement from the governors represents a dramatic change in their positions Over the last 12 months the biggest threat to the Colorado River has come from the upstream states Utah Colorado Wyoming and New Mexico with their proposals and plans to take even more water out of the river Specifically in recent water planning processes Colorado proposed 20 billion worth of dam and reservoir projects Utah proposed at least 15 billion Wyoming proposed 10 dams in 10 years and New Mexico endorsed a billion dollar water project Most of these proposed projects would take additional water out of the Colorado River before it gets to Lakes Powell and Mead Water levels in both lakes are at historic lows and dropping with no end in sight Previous statements made by water officials in these states made it seem like the basin was heading for a fight over water in the Colorado River Colorado s lead water official recently said If anybody thought we were going to roll over and say OK California you re in a really bad drought you get to use the water that we were going to use they re mistaken And the lead water official in Utah recently stated It s necessary to put dams on all rivers in Utah April 1 st 2015 APRIL FOOLS DAY will be seen as a historic turning point in water management across the Southwest U S said Gary Wockner The vision leadership and stewardship of these governors will be seen as a beacon of hope to establish a clear priority to ensure rivers are healthy and flowing for individuals and communities in the West for generations to come The four governors issuing the statement are John Hickenlooper from Colorado Matt Mead from Wyoming Gary Herbert from Utah and Susana Martinez from New Mexico end APRIL FOOLS Posted in Uncategorized The California Drought Apocalypse Now Posted on March 23 2015 by admin Happy Monday Friends of the Colorado River About a year ago I was speaking on a panel of water professionals in Palm Springs California at an event put on by the Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun The keynote speaker for the event was U S Senator Barbara Boxer and so there was a pretty big crowd with lots local VIPS in attendance When I was interviewed by the local TV station I said If it becomes a 2 year or 3 year drought and the supply of water coming from the Colorado River gets cut back then it will become gut time Well now California has just entered into its 4th year of drought and it s gut time Last week Governor Brown moved forward with his second billion dollar drought relief plan Southern California is calling for big cutbacks in water use and is buying water from farmers in northern California And many cities across the state are enacting stronger water conservation plans One of the people on the panel with me was Jay Famiglietti a scientist at UC Irvine who is also with NASA Jay has made big news the last few years by using satellites to measure groundwater across California and the Southwest U S He s also been one of leading voices in the media warning California about this drought At the same time that Californian s have sucked their reservoirs nearly dry they ve also pumped massive amounts of water out of the ground Further across the Colorado River basin over the past 15 years the water in Lake s Powell and Mead has dropped by 25 million acre feet and the amount of water pumped out of the ground that has also not been replenished has been about 25 million acre feet Last week Jay had an op ed in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water stored Will you ration now To state this pointedly We ve tapped the surface rivers and reservoirs and the groundwater across California and the Southwest U S to lower levels than at anytime in history And there s likely no way this water can ever be replenished So what can we do about it The first thing we cannot do is drain and divert even more water out of the Colorado River which provides water to the entire Southwest U S and Southern California That s why our organization has taken a strong interest and stance in the Colorado Water Plan and the actions of the person who is writing the plan James Eklund Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board Unfortunately Eklund s plan is proposing to take a massive amount of new water out of the Colorado River at the very top of the basin in the state of Colorado thus ensuring even more dire circumstances for the river and folks downstream in Arizona Nevada and southern California Further Eklund has been saying False Information about the plan which I pointed out in this rebuttal to one of his newspaper columns So what can we do right now help send a message 1 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to Jay Famiglietti letting him know we appreciate his work and his speaking out about this issue He s combining good science with sound ethics studying a problem and speaking out about it Jay needs to be supported in his work 2 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note to James Eklund respectfully letting him know we are disappointed in his work so far The Colorado Water Plan needs to focus on conservation efficiency recycling and water sharing agreements with farmers not new diversions of water out of the Colorado River 2015 is so far looking like a dry year in the Colorado River basin stay tuned for more news and updates And thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan Posted on March 12 2015 by admin James Eklund s False Information about the Colorado Water Plan by Gary Wockner March 12 2015 reprinted from the Washington Park Profile The Colorado Water Plan is an important process and document for all Coloradans to pay attention to Unfortunately James Eklund in charge of the plan and director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board WCB appointed by Governor Hickenlooper has made several serious false statements about the process and the current draft of the plan in his column in the March 2015 Washington Park Profile First Eklund states that the process that created the draft of the Colorado Water Plan was grassroots when nothing could be further from the truth The truth is that the people who created the plan are self appointed and purposely kept opposing anti dam and anti river destruction voices from participating in the effort A river conservation group I represent was purposely excluded from the South Platte Roundtable which wrote the plan for our basin and a coalition that I formed which included 18 national regional and local environmental groups which oppose new dams and diversions had absolutely no ZERO representation on any of the state s roundtables which wrote the plan Second Eklund states that the draft of the plan represents consensus of everyone who wrote it when again nothing could be further from the truth The plan is a compilation not consensus Eklund and the WCB combined all the regional basin plans together and put them in the draft statewide plan when not only is there no consensus about the final product but those regional basin plans are in dramatic disagreement Third and following from above Mr Eklund says there was agreement from water interests statewide So Not True For example the basin plan from the South Platte and Denver Metro areas calls for dramatic new large dams and diversions from the state s rivers including the Colorado River while the West Slope basin plan calls for no new or only very small diversions Further yet the 18 conservation groups noted above and representing over 100 000 members in Colorado put public comments in a letter and a video calling for no new diversions at all but our comments were completely ignored in the draft plan Fourth Eklund insinuates the 13 000 public comments he received about the plan agree with what s in the plan draft Again not true About 12 500 of those comments came from members of the state s many conservation groups who called for no new or only limited new dams and diversions on the state s rivers and a much greater focus on higher levels of urban conservation recycling water and protecting our rivers Mr Eklund has been fond of saying the process has been the biggest public input effort in the state s history but he completely neglects to say that roughly 90 percent of that input came from conservation minded citizens whose views are not represented by what s in the draft plan Finally Eklund says everyone has agreed to accelerate dam diversion projects and shorten the federal regulatory process Completely untrue Thousands of public comments said nothing of or agreed to no such thing Further the federal regulatory process was enacted in the 1960s and 70s to ensure the public trust and the protection of America s natural resources for past present and future generations Nothing is more important than making sure America s environmental laws which are some of the best of any country on Earth including the Clean Water Act National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act are adhered to as a fundamental bedrock of our democracy and responsibility to all the human and non human creatures we share this amazing state with now and in the future This democratic and environmental protection process should never be accelerated to fast track river destruction in Colorado The thousands of members of organizations I represent appreciate Mr Eklund s service to our state on the Colorado Water Plan and we are happy to continue working with him as this plan develops throughout 2015 However we would also appreciate and will make sure that Eklund is accurate in how he represents the process and the plan so that the public s trust is ensured as this important effort moves forward Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Gary SavetheColorado org Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Drought Dams Pipelines Paddleboards and Climate Action Plans Posted on March 12 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Drought dams pipelines paddleboard races and climate action plans Save The Colorado keeps track of it all And we re right in the middle of the action What are the Top Seven Stories this week and what are we doing about it Here s a rundown 1 Can climate action plans stop megadrought and save the Colorado River Climate change may be the 1 threat to the Colorado River in fact December through February was the warmest on record for the Southwest U S but what are cities across the Southwest U S doing about it Check out my recent post in Ecowatch here where I summarize the city climate action plans across the basin Here s the good news San Diego and Fort Collins have both committed to 100 renewable energy and a few other cities have committed to 80 reductions in carbon emissions Save The Colorado tracks and supports climate action plans as one of our programmatic activities 2 California is in its 4th year of drought and water managers are starting to plan for worst case scenarios The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just announced that they are starting a large scale advertising campaign to boost water conservation across the region This campaign is in addition to the 100 million the District has already committed for rebates for water saving appliances Read the story here Save The Colorado tracks water conservation programs and works with local groups in Southern California who are pushing water agencies to conserve more water 3 State legislatures are now in session across the basin and are making decisions most of them bad about dams and water management The Utah legislature is considering a bill to support a statewide sales tax to help fund the multi billion dollar boondoggle of the Lake Powell Pipeline read about it here The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to study a massive pipeline from the Missouri River to bring water across the great plains to Colorado read about it here And on the bright side the New Mexico legislature is considering bills to clamp down on the Governor s Commission that pushed through the Gila River Diversion read about it here Save The Colorado keeps track of these legislative bills and communicates with the public and the media about their impact on the Colorado River ecosystem 4 Want to have some fun this spring try a Stand Up Paddleboard race Save The Colorado is supporting two paddleboard races that are coming up The first is with the Los Angeles Waterkeeper called Stand Up For Clean Water on April 18th in Malibu click through here to register The second is on the Colorado River itself called the Back of Beyond Stand Up Paddle Race in Moab on May 9th click through here to register The Back of Beyond race is generously donating some of their proceeds to Save The Colorado go team 5 Deadbeat Dams is published Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Dan Beard has just published a book that will very likely have everyone in the Colorado River basin talking Titled Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau of Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam click here to visit the book s website the book has gotten several rave reviews including from Robert F Kennedy Jr who said Deadbeat Dams is a courageous book and much needed Dams kill rivers Deadbeat Dams restores rivers and our hope for a sustainable future Save The Colorado believes that Deadbeat Dams is a must read and an important part of the conversation about the future management of the Colorado River basin 6 What are we doing for the International Day of Action for Rivers We re having a party Save The Colorado is once again joining The Environmental Group of Boulder County Colorado in the Rocky Mountain River Celebration We are raising money to protect the river and will be joining friends and colleagues including famous nature writer Craig Childs at Upslope Brewing in Boulder click here to see the invitation If you are in or around Boulder on Saturday March 14th join us You can also listen to this short radio interview on KGNU about the Celebration click here to listen 7 What s going on with the Colorado Water Plan Save The Colorado is in the trenches fighting against the powers that be to push this plan in a better direction so that it focuses on water conservation and river protection I just wrote a stinging rebuttal to a column written by the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board James Eklund Published in Denver s Washington Park Profile my rebuttal points out the false information that Eklund is spewing to the public Eklund s column is here and you can read my rebuttal here We have to

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  • New Belgium Celebrates 8 Years of Success Restoring Colorado River | Save the Colorado
    Institute s work to restore the Delta which culminated in the first deliberate release of water back to the river and the sea in the spring of 2014 The Delta ecosystem bloomed with life for the first time in years as the Sonoran Institute s two decades of work paid off Conservation groups including the Sonoran Institute are currently negotiating with the U S and Mexico stakeholders to make the small flow of water a more permanent fixture on the Delta landscape The Delta project is part of broad conservation efforts by the Sonoran Institute to promote smart water use throughout the Colorado basin The release of water to the Delta was a historic event said Francisco Zamora of the Sonoran Institute who has worked on the project for nearly 20 years After years of work collaboration and support from philanthropists like New Belgium Brewing we saw a degraded landscape bloom back to life that many people thought was hopeless The day long celebration at the brewery will include films from renowned National Geographic filmmaker Pete McBride Skinny Dip beer specials and remarks by Francisco Zamora of Sonoran Jenn Vervier of New Belgium and Ross Cunniff from the Fort Collins City Council Since 2012 Colorado River Day celebrations have occurred across the Southwest U S on July 25 The Colorado River which stretches from the continental divide west of Fort Collins all the way to Mexico is the source of water for more than 30 million people in the Southwest U S and provides about half of the water for New Belgium s beer Event details Films will be showing all day along with Skinny Dip beer specials Remarks will begin at 4 00pm ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING New Belgium Brewing makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host

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  • Colorado River Update: Tom Selleck did NOT steal Colorado River water! | Save the Colorado
    up is SKELETONS in the Colorado River Earlier this summer a diver in Lake Havasu of the Colorado River discovered a couple skeletons sitting in lawn chairs which caused quite a stir with local law enforcement The internet ran the stories all over hootenany which caused quite a stir on facebook and twitter A few days later it was discovered that the skeletons were a prank and weren t real human skeletons A couple of Phoenix pranksters were behind the issue saying they were hoping to create a humorous landmark Law enforcement personnel have now dropped the matter and say they have no plans to press charges Read about the story in Arizona Central here Next up is Marijuana As many of you know the voters in the state of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2014 which has resulted in numerous local zoning and land use squabbles as well as water rights questions across the state This week the City of Glenwood Springs is considering whether to allow a marijuana grow and retail shop to be located in the Colorado River Industrial Park Local officials insist that no discernible odor shall be projected beyond the exterior walls of the licensed premises which has been a problem at other grows in the state see this story in the Glenwood Independent here At the very same time that marijuana grows are proliferating across Colorado the federal government s U S Bureau of Reclamation has made it clear that they won t allow the use of water administered by the Bureau to be used to grow marijuana read this story in the Denver Post here So perhaps you can have a grow in the Colorado River Industrial Park but can t use Colorado River water to grow it Finally everybody knows that standup

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