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    make sure this kind of project is not included in the Colorado Water Plan The April 3 rd letter from Lochhead which was written on stationary of the Front Range Water Council thus representing the majority of water agencies from Pueblo to Denver to Fort Collins brings out the worst fears of the Colorado Water Plan process that it will devolve into a massive water fight attempting to drain and destroy the Colorado River to slake the never ending growth of cities along Colorado s Front Range This proposal for a large new Colorado River Trans Mountain Diversion would further drain the river and the West Slope economy said Gary Wockner coordinator of the Save The Colorado River Campaign The future of water development along the Front Range should be in smart 21 st Century solutions like conservation recycling and water sharing with farmers not in multi billion dollar river draining boondoggles Lochhead s letter also flies in the face of recent climate change science and ongoing negotiations throughout the Southwest U S on how to address dwindling water supplies and growing populations The levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead downstream along the Colorado River are at their lowest point in history as federal water managers scramble to create a contingency plan for diminishing river flows In fact and ironically at the very same time that Lochhead wrote the letter the State of Colorado government has started discussions about a contingency plan to divert even less not more water out of the Colorado River so that water can run downstream to Lakes Powell and Mead to protect Colorado s future allotment that contingency plan memo is here and has generated significant concern in news stories here and here in Colorado This letter flies in the face of science and

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    big 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

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    big 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

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    sizes Nothing quite adorns a raft or camping trip like wearing the official t shirt of the Skinny Dippers in the Colorado River Stay tuned for more action on how to protect and restore the Colorado River we ll keep you informed every week about all the news and updates across the basin in New Mexico Colorado Southern California and all points in between Keep up the great work Go Team Posted in Uncategorized The Colorado River Worth A TRILLION Dollars Posted on January 21 2015 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Welcome to our first post of 2015 There s lots of new information and action coming forward it should be an exciting year around the management of the Colorado River First just last week an economic study out of the Dept of Economics at Arizona State University indicated that water in the Colorado River brings in over 1 TRILLION of economic activity to the seven states in the Southwest U S including Southern California That s REAL money an eye popper that ought to get the attention of decision makers across the region The study funded by business environment organization Protect The Flows hopes to raise awareness about the impacts of drought and climate change The study said that if the flow in the river drops just 10 it would cost the region 143 billion and 1 6 million jobs Check out the story in the Wall Street Journal here It s great to have a business voice out there advocating to keep the river flowing In addition it brings into sharp focus the second big issue the Colorado River is facing in 2015 proposals for EVEN MORE dams that would further deplete flows Check out this column I wrote in EcoWatch last week Stop The War Against The Colorado River At the same time that the health of the river and business success is dependent on keeping the river flowing the upstream states Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico are proposing tens of billions of dollars in new dam projects that would further drain the river These proposed projects would dramatically deplete the river further endanger protected species and negatively impact the recreational economy as well as the mainstream economy of the downstream states At Save The Colorado we advocate for NO MORE DAMS and in 2015 and beyond we will be doing whatever we can to stop this war against the Colorado River that threatens so many of the amenities we all value Third an interesting update on one of the issues we advocated for last year Recall that the most endangered porpoise in the world the vaquita is struggling to survive in the Gulf of California where the Colorado River used to meet the sea I wrote a blog post about the vaquita here back in 2014 Just last week the Mexican government announced that they would start using DRONES to keep an eye on fisherman in the Gulf so as to make sure the fisherman are not catching and killing the endangered vaquita Check out the article in the New York Times here Mexican officials call the eco drones permanent aerial patrols to help ensure the protection of the vaquita What do you think of this idea We like it it s a good use of technology that may help save this imperiled species Finally we encourage you to support our efforts to protect and restore the Colorado River by donating to Save the Colorado Our online donation link is here We will keep the news and action items flowing and try to do everything we can to keep the river flowing too Thank you for your support Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update 2015 Here We Come Posted on December 21 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Save The Colorado is the only organization on the planet whose mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea We are delighted to provide you with updates action items and greatly appreciate your support Please consider donating to Save The Colorado in your year end giving plans you can donate online by clicking here As the year winds down several very important issues are moving that will impact the future of the Colorado River some are good news others are bad First on the good news front water districts in the three states in the lower basin Arizona California and Nevada have reached a significant agreement to conserve and share a large amount of water which will better protect water supplies in the lower basin The New York Times covers the story here The deal will help stave off the ever falling water levels in Lake Mead and is the biggest agreement so far to indicate that lower basin states are able to find a collaborative solution to how they manage the lower Colorado River Second on the good news front scientists who studied the pulse flow that occurred in the Colorado River Delta at the beginning of 2014 have determined that the test case provided an enormous benefit to the ecology of the region Not only did the area re green itself as cottonwoods and willows blossomed and dropped their seeds but beavers coyotes and birds also returned to the area A good National Geographic report and video here depicts the changes What s needed next in the Delta is an ongoing base flow of water to keep the river bed alive and then another agreement with Mexico for the next five years of river management On the bad news front a series of problems are moving forward in the upper basin states of Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico that may doom the future of the Colorado River Each state is going through a water planning process the end result being that they are planning many more dams and diversions to get more water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries As we ve noted in past blogs New Mexico is moving forward with the Gila River Diversion and Utah is proposing up to 15 billion in new dam projects Further the State of Wyoming is proposing 10 dams in 10 years and Colorado just unveiled its first water plan which calls for up to 20 billion in new water projects I wrote an opinion piece in the High Country News laying out this potential river devastation take a read here Of course Save The Colorado is fighting hard to address these threats We ve fought the Gila River Diversion and will continue to do so we ve provided financial support to the groups in Utah that are fighting dams and we ve taken to the streets to protest in Colorado when their water plan was unveiled We showed up at the Colorado State Capitol with the Save Our Rivers banner and we got lots of news coverage including this TV report on Denver s Channel 9 take a look here Thank you again for all of the support in 2014 In 2015 we will continue this work from Los Angeles to Mexicali to Las Vegas to Denver and beyond and we greatly appreciate your support to do that Please include Save The Colorado in your year end giving plans by clicking here Stay tuned for more updates and action in 2015 Gary Wockner Executive Director Save The Colorado Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Did Colorado Launch A 20 BILLION Water War Against State s Rivers Posted on December 11 2014 by admin For Immediate release March 11 2014 Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Contact Gary Wockner Did Colorado Launch A 20 Billion Water War Against State s Rivers The Colorado Water Plan is looking like a 20 billion dollar boondoggle to drain and destroy every river in the state said Gary Wockner director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Denver CO Yesterday the State of Colorado unveiled its first ever Draft Colorado Water Plan which was immediately controversial due to the proposed massive number of water projects and price tag The Draft Plan calls for hundreds of projects costing 20 billion dollars Click here to see Denver Channel 9 News report here During the Governor s press conference announcing the Plan Channel 9 News reporter Maya Rodriguez asked how much the Plan would cost to implement and James Eklund who is Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the lead author of the report replied 20 Billion Dollars Further in order to pay for it Eklund said the state taxpayers would have to foot the bill just like taxpayers did in California and Texas We need to do the same thing in Colorado and this plan is a platform to have that discussion Eklund said The controversial Draft Plan follows a day after Eklund made even more controversial comments about Colorado s role in the Southwest U S water wars As reported by the Associated Press Eklund 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 The Draft Plan is extremely controversial because it proposes to put dams and diversions across many of the rivers in the state of Colorado The proposals on the Colorado River could costs billions and would likely ignite a water war throughout the Southwest U S The Colorado Water Plan is looking like a 20 billion dollar boondoggle to drain and destroy every river in the state said Gary Wockner who is director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado The Plan now enters another whole year of public review and edits In December of 2015 Governor Hickenlooper is expected to formally sign the Plan Eklund said that the 2016 State Legislature would then be expected to pass legislation to streamline permitting processes and the State government could then embark on promoting and funding a State Water Project Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado held a banner at the press conference end Posted in Uncategorized PRESS RELEASE Will Colorado s Water Plan Destroy Our Rivers Posted on December 9 2014 by admin For Immediate Release December 9 2014 Save The Colorado and Save The Poudre Gary Wockner Executive Director Will Colorado s Water Plan Destroy Our Rivers Governor Hickenlooper needs to change course and focus on collaboration Fort Collins CO After nearly two years of deliberations the Colorado Water Conservation Board and its affiliates are delivering a draft of the Colorado Water Plan to Governor Hickenlooper on Wednesday Dec 10 at a ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol 1 30pm West Foyer Although the Draft Plan throws everything and the kitchen sink into the mix of options to address Colorado s future water challenges the Draft Plan unfortunately lays the groundwork for more river destruction across the state Severe problems with the Draft Plan include The Draft Plan failed to include and accept input from grassroots advocacy organizations A long standing river protection group Save The Poudre was not allowed to sit on the South Platte Roundtable and the input from 18 conservation organizations was almost completely ignored The Draft Plan discusses and supports the idea of a lot more river destruction schemes such as dams reservoirs diversions and pipelines The Draft Plan also points to the South Platte Basin Implementation Plan which specifically endorses every proposed river destruction scheme on the table including the extremely controversial Northern Integrated Supply Project Windy Gap Firming Project and Moffat Project and a conceptual review for another major trans mountain diversion from the Colorado River system such as the Flaming Gorge Pipeline The Draft Plan proposes to enact sweeping new power and authority for the State of Colorado through the Colorado Water Conservation Board Interbasin Compact Committee and Legislature to streamline and potentially gut regulations and to lobby for and fund new dam and river destruction projects The Draft Plan gives lip service to healthy rivers for wildlife and recreation but fails to lay out goals or specific strategies to achieve it We have serious concerns about the process and product of this Draft Colorado Water Plan said Gary Wockner director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado Colorado s rivers are already severely depleted and oversubscribed and this Draft Plan would make them all worse Governor Hickenlooper needs to change course and focus on collaborative solutions that do not pit stakeholders against each other and would not launch multi decade court battles and water wars over dam and river destruction projects Those collaborative solutions include significantly larger investments in water conservation and efficiency water reuse and recycling better growth management and water sharing agreements with farmers Gary Wockner will attend the press conference representing Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado end Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Take action in Utah and New Mexico Posted on December 5 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We have two action items this week for you to jump on First recall two weeks ago when we discussed all of the dam threats in Utah You can review that blog post here Utah is proposing to spend up to 32 billion on new water projects including a billion dollar boondoggle called the Lake Powell Pipeline This proposal would pump water out of Lake Powell for Washington County in Southwest Utah At the same time the residents in the town of St George and in Washington County already have one of the highest water uses in the state They want even more water to drench lawns and support mega sprawl in the desert Our friends at Waterkeeper Alliance and Colorado River Connected have put together this online action for you to sign that sends an email to Utah Governor Gary Herbert telling him to stop this bad pipeline and focus on water conservation and efficiency instead The Colorado River is already overtaxed we can t take anymore water out of it for suburban yards and sprawl Please click through here to send an email to Governor Herbert Second the situation around the Gila River in New Mexico has gotten worse Two weeks ago the Governor s Interstate Stream Commission APPROVED the Gila River Diversion which is a large boondoggle to further drain the Gila and pipe out the water for wasteful projects in New Mexico Now this decision is in the hands of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez We need to directly reach out to the Governor and ask her to stop this wasteful boondoggle The Gila River Diversion could cost a billion dollars and impact the last wild river in New Mexico At the same time alternatives to the project that focus on water conservation and efficiency have been put forward that are faster and cheaper to implement You can learn more about the dreaded Gila River Diversion by visiting the Gila Conservation Coalition s website here Please call Governor Martinez s office at 505 476 2200 and ask her to stop this Diversion in its tracks The Gila flows into the Colorado River we need to Save The Gila And now for some GOOD news it rained in California Amid the worst drought in 1 200 years California got a little relief this week as a major storm dropped water across the state Unfortunately it s not enough rain to make a dent in the long term drought but it brought out umbrellas along the coast Thank you for taking action to protect the Colorado River and its tributaries Stay tuned for more information and action opportunities Posted in Uncategorized Colorado River Update Take Two Action Items to Protect The River Posted on November 20 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We have two action items today one in New Mexico and one in Southern California First in New Mexico there s a proposal on the table to build a massive new diversion of water out of the Gila River which is one of the last wild rivers in the Southwest U S and the Colorado River basin The proposal would use federal money to divert the Gila and take the water over to cities and farms in Southwest New Mexico But there s counter proposals to use the money instead to promote water conservation and efficiency projects in the same cities and farms We are on the side of water conservation and efficiency Further by Dec 31st New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez s Interstate Stream Commission will make their decision about whether to support the diversion or not We ve launched a petition on Change org to Governor Martinez encouraging her to protect the Gila River not divert it Please click through here to sign our Change org petition to tell Governor Martinez to stop the diversion and protect the Gila River As you may know the Gila River is a tributary to the Colorado River the Gila flows through New Mexico and Arizona and then flows into the Colorado River Save The Colorado s mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea We are keeping track of dam and diversion projects throughout the Colorado River basin and this Gila diversion is a bad idea Again please click through and join thousands of New Mexicans to protect the Gila Governor Martinez needs to hear from us as soon as possible and before the Dec 31st deadline Second some good news and therefore a THANK YOU in Southern California The Mayors of San Diego and Los Angeles have recently taken stronger steps to address the drought and water supply challenges in Southern California Both cities get up to 1 2 of their water from the Colorado River and both cities are moving forward

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  • Colorado River Update: Lake Mead Hits Historic Low! | Save the Colorado
    of their full allotment of water out of the river Even more malevolently the level of water in Lake Mead is partly driven by how much water flows into it from the upstream states of Colorado Utah and Wyoming At the same time that Mead hit a historic low those three states are not only still taking all of the same water out of the system they are aggressively planning to build even more dams and reservoirs that divert more water The three governors to the left can make or break this entire system Consider In Colorado Denver Water is proposing to build a larger dam reservoir Northern Water which supplies water to Northern Colorado is also proposing to build a new reservoir and the State of Colorado is going through a planning process to build billions of dollars worth of water projects all of which would further drain the Colorado River ecosystem In Utah state and local planners are moving forward with a massive pipeline proposal out of the Colorado River at Lake Powell and the state government is going through a planning process that proposes to put more dams on every river in the state In Wyoming water planners are aggressively trying to start two reservoir projects that would further drain the Green River which flows into the Colorado and are planning more water diversion projects in the future All of these projects are being proposed so the upstream states can get the last legally allowed drops of water out of the system before it collapses in the near future This water management is a kind of Mutually Assured Destruction escalating the water war across the Southwest U S If there is a slight bright side here it s that the states have agreed to some trigger points in Lake Mead levels to which if the reservoir drops the states will start taking out less water led first by Arizona Those triggers will likely be hit in the next 12 to 18 months Further water agencies in Nevada Arizona and Southern California have also agreed to some new conservation measures that will take less water out of the reservoir But that s not enough Here s the bold action that needs to be taken Every water supply agency needs to agree to water conservation measures that stabilize the system right now before it reaches trigger points and collapse scenarios The conservation measures should occur in cities and on farms across the Southwest U S If the water supply agencies won t do it the federal government which has the authority needs to step in and get it done No water supply agency should propose to take one more new drop of water out of the Colorado River system Instead of Mutually Assured Destruction we need Multi Lateral Disarmament All of the proposed projects should be stopped if the agencies won t stop them then the federal government should If the federal government won t do it then the

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  • Colorado River Update: Can We Save California? | Save the Colorado
    lead the entire Southwest U S forward towards resilience In a world with a changing climate resiliency will be measured in efficiency and adaptability Southern California may feel a bit of squeeze at the beginning but it will blossom into a new and more efficient and thriving economy and culture more in tune with its surrounding environment Take a read of our blog in EcoWatch here Second take action to stop the proposed Tar Sands Mine near the Colorado River in Utah With many eyes focused on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline controversy that would move tar sands mined in Canada to the gulf coast there is a tar sands project gaining speed in eastern Utah that is being overlooked A Canadian company with the name U S Oil Sands hopes to mine tar sands from tens of thousands of acres of land in Utah which is estimated to have more than 50 of all tar sands in the United States Tar sands is the dirtiest form of energy on the planet Extracting refining and burning tar sands produces three to five times as much CO2 as petroleum which contributes dramatically to climate change Tar sands mining could make our rivers and aquifers toxic poisoning the drinking water for millions of people who depend on the Colorado River basin The Colorado River system is already stressed from over use and polluting and using vast amounts of water to mine tar sands and oil shale is a dead end for everyone Save The Colorado is working with a big coalition of groups from Denver to Los Angeles to address this threat to the Colorado River ecosystem The State of Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining DOGM should not approve the Revised Notice of Intent for Large Scale Mining at

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  • Colorado River Update: Is the California drought the “new normal?” | Save the Colorado
    which is a crop made to grow in monsoon areas and are still growing massive amounts of alfalfa hay that is shipped to China to feed dairy cows Finally 3 other groups have asked the Governor to clamp down on the bottled water industry ABC News discusses some of these issues in this TV segment here which includes a lengthy interview with Governor Brown What is Save The Colorado s response to all of this First we encourage everyone to not think of the California drought as a temporary phenomenon but rather as the new normal We are in an extended drought in the Southwest U S and NASA scientists tell us that this drought could evolve into a MEGADROUGHT due to the impacts of climate change Over a year ago Sally Jewell who is Secretary of Interior referred to the Colorado River drought as the new normal and we agree with her Second the ongoing drought in the Colorado River basin and the extreme drought in California continues to highlight how insane it is to propose diverting even more water out of the already extremely depleted Colorado River As we have noted to you several times 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 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

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  • Secretary Jewell Speaks About The Colorado River! | Save the Colorado
    very public discussion by Jewell and other water providers about how the water level in Lake Mead was dropping faster than anyone predicted This ongoing drought and drop if it continues for another year or two would have serious implications for how the river is managed A proposal was put forward by the Upper Basin states of Colorado Wyoming New Mexico and Utah to drain water out of their mountain reservoirs Flaming Gorge in Wyoming Blue Mesa in Colorado and Navajo in New Mexico and run that water down into Lake Powell The Bureau of Reclamation would then run some of that water down to Lake Mead while equalizing the level in both reservoirs to keep them high enough to make sure the hydro power generators could continue running A few days before the meeting when this proposal became public Save The Colorado sent out a press release read it here in which we stated This short term management plan to deal with the shortage needs to support water supply security and support protecting and restoring the river s health said Gary Wockner coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign About 60 of the river is already diverted near the Continental Divide in Colorado four endangered fish species struggle to survive in the Grand Canyon and the river is dry and decimated before it reaches the sea in Mexico From top to bottom the river is in bad shape any manipulation of the system has to address this environmental damage On the last day of the CRWUA meeting the environmental law firm Earthjustice also sent out a press release asking Jewell for a heightened consideration of the environment in this process Earthjustice attorney McCrystie Adams who has litigated to restore healthy flows in the Grand Canyon said A more sustainable future for the Colorado River will require a fundamentally different approach to river management and water supply Smart water planning means more than carefully dividing up flows it means valuing living flowing rivers and the natural systems that depend upon them as much as municipal and agricultural water We urge the Secretary and all of those who depend on the Colorado River to ensure that the river is a keystone of our future and not a relic of our past It remains to be seen what will role Secretary Jewell will take in Colorado River management Her predecessor Ken Salazar had a strong hand in Colorado River issues and exercising the title of River Master that is given to the Secretary Jewell seemed relaxed in her speech but spent much of it reading from a script to make sure she hit all the right issues and tones to the various parties in the Ceaser s Palace ballroom where the meeting was held For sure the Colorado River is an extremely complex ecological and political system and thus any new Secretary has a lot to learn about how all the pieces operate But it s also true that the river

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