Colorado River Update! “Decoupling” is the hot new thing in the Southwest U.S.

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

Have you heard of “decoupling?” No, it doesn’t mean that Brad Pitt has broken up with Angelina Jolie. Decoupling is the trend in cities across the Southwest U.S. whereby as Denver-Water-smallpopulation increases, total water use goes down. In fact, in almost every growing city from Denver to L.A., total water use has decreased even though populations have increased over the last 20 years. The cause of the trend is that people are conserving much more water — indoors and outdoors — and are living on smaller lots or in multi-family housing like apartments and condos. Denver exemplifies this trend perfectly — over the last 30 years, it’s population has grown by 40%, but it’s water use has gone down by 10%. That’s one of the many reasons why we have dug in our heels to fight to stop Denver Water’s proposed new dam and diversion of water out of the Colorado River. Simply put, Denver Doesn’t Need The Water. If you want to learn more, the journalist/author/academican John Fleck has a new book coming out discussing “decoupling” — there’s a sneak peak on The Breakthrough Institute’s website here.

Our efforts to stop Denver Water’s river-destruction scheme, as well as others, are ramping up across the Southwest! In Colorado, the Denver Post has recently Screenshot (348)highlighted our work through two columns and an article about Denver Water’s project. One story quoted me“The Gross Dam project is reckless and will further drain and destroy the Fraser and Upper Colorado River as well as cause irrevocable damage to the environment and citizens of Boulder County.” In another column titled “A River of Falsehoods,” I outlined the massive negative impacts of the project, and in another story, I said the proposal would lead to the “complete annihilation of a river system.” A colleague of ours, Jen Pelz from Wildearth Guardians, also wrote a column in the Denver Post opposing the new dam/diversion projects and argued that “Colorado’s Rivers Need A Pardon, Not A Death Sentence.”

And, we’re fighting to protect the Colorado River in Utah, too. Two weeks ago we sent our “Intervention” letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in our fight against the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline, a scheme to take a massive amount of water out of the Colorado River to slake growth in the Utah desert. In our lengthy legal letter, we argue that FERC should “Deny” the permit for the project, and that the supporters of the project should focus on alternatives including conservation, water recycling, and water agreements with farmers.

Check out our new boardmember, Mark Dubois! We’re excited to announce that the renowned Mark Dubois has joined out board of directors. Mark has a long history of Screenshot (349)river protection and environmental advocacy in the U.S. and internationally.

In 1979, Mark became famous when he chained himself to a rock as the Army Corps of Engineers was flooding California’s Stanislaus River behind a huge new dam. In the years after, Mark co-founded California’s river protection organization, Friends of the River, and co-founded the international river advocacy organization, International Rivers. Mark was the international coordinator for Earth Day in 1990 and 2000, and has continued to press for environmental protection in various professional roles since then. Mark joined us on our Green River trip last year, and now, as a member of our board, he will help us paddle into the future. And yes, he almost always has a smile like that on his face! Check out this story and video about Mark and the Stanislaus River. Welcome Mark!

Thank you for all of your support, friends! Stay tuned for more action! Happy July!

 

 

SUCCESS! Redford Center Raises $10 Million for Colorado River Delta!

Hi Friends of the Colorado River!

SUCCESS! Four years ago, in 2012, we were excited to help fund and support the Redford Center to launch their new film, “Watershed.” Narrated by Robert Redford and Screenshot (328)co-produced by his son, Jamie, the film offers a positive spin on the challenges facing the Colorado River. Due to the film’s early success, the Redford team created the “Raise The River” campaign, the goal of which was to raise $10 million to buy water to restore a small flow to the bone dry Colorado River Delta where it not longer meets the Gulf of California.

Just last week, Jamie Redford announced on his youtube channel (click here to see it) that Raise the River met its fundraising goal of $10 million! That’s great news, and it’s coupled with the fact that the United States and Mexico are continuing to have positive negotiations about putting more water back in the Delta. We are so happy to have helped launch this great film and initiative — Great work and congratulations goes to Team Redford!

It’s time to go rafting this summer! Can you fit a trip in? We still have a few seats available in our Cataract Canyon raft trip, courtesy of OARS. It’s going to be a GREAT oars-cataracttrip in the Canyonlands of legendary Southeast Utah. July 31st – Aug. 5th. See details by clicking here.

A BIG THANK YOU! to everyone who donated to Save The Colorado during our Spring 2016 fundraising campaign. If you haven’t yet donated, of course there’s still time! :-) (Click here to donate.) Our Spring fundraising drive focused on raising funds to support our campaign to fight the Moffat Collection System Project, a disastrous proposed dam/diversion scheme by Denver Water to suck even more water out of the Colorado River and pour tens-of-thousands of tons of cement across South Boulder Creek in Boulder County, Colorado, to enlarge an already large dam on that creek. We oppose this river-destroying dam-building project, and we have dug in our heels to stop it. Why? And what can you do to help stop it? Click here to read about the project and our outreach campaign to the Boulder County Commissioners. And yes, again, you can donate here to help us fight the project!

Summer is warming up and feeling great! And we at Save The Colorado are feeling great too! So much so that we are now planning for our Fall 2016 and 2017 campaigns. Here’s a teaser: Get Ready For A BIG, FUN Water Fight!

Stay tuned for all the ACTION and THANK YOU for your support!

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Gary Wockner Joins International Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
Contact:
Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper, 970-218-8310
Maia Raposo, Communications Director, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212.747.0622 ext. 116

Gary Wockner Joins International Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors

New York, NY: At its June 2016 meeting, the international Waterkeeper Alliance appointed Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper in Fort Collins, to its 13-member board of directors. Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing water protection organization in the world – the President of the Board is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Wockner got his start in river protection by co-founding Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper in 2004 in Fort Collins, and has since escalated the fight to protect rivers and waterways across the Southwest U.S. and the globe.

Wockner also directs the Save The Colorado River campaign whose missions is to protect and restore the Colorado River from the source to the sea, a project he co-founded with New Belgium Brewing in 2010 that also partners with Waterkeeper Alliance. Further, in 2015, Wockner began advocating for protecting waterways across the planet, traveling to and writing about dam and water threats in Costa Rica, Columbia, Mexico, Belize, Spain, and Thailand. Next week, Wockner will join the new Maranon River Waterkeeper on a raft trip in the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru, a river which is facing a massive threat of 20 hydroelectric dams. Wockner has trips planned to visit local Waterkeeper organizations and dam fighters in Nepal and Ecuador later in 2016. He also volunteers and consults for International Rivers and Global Greengrants Fund, both of which fund and support river protection advocacy worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have Gary Wockner join Waterkeeper Alliance’s Board of Directors,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “Gary has been an inspirational force as the Poudre Waterkeeper for many years, and is leading the fight to protect the Colorado River Basin. His commitment to the protection of our precious water resources will be invaluable to our leadership.”

“The Waterkeeper Alliance is the strongest advocate for river and water protection in the world and so it’s a perfect fit for me,” said Gary Wockner. “I’m super excited to jump on board and start paddling with this amazing group of worldwide advocates. Thousands of massive dams are being proposed that would create an apocalypse for rivers across the planet – my work to fight dams on the Poudre River has turned into an international river-protection passion that is escalating every day.”

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Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 290 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect more than 2.3 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Learn more at waterkeeper.org

Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Cache la Poudre River of northern Colorado through education, research, and advocacy. The Poudre River has been named one of the most endangered rivers in America due to the threat of new dams and diversions. Poudre Waterkeeper focuses on fighting proposed dams, enhancing river restoration, and galvanizing public support for the Poudre. More at SaveThePoudre.org

Photo: Gary Wockner and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Colorado River Update: What Would Edward Abbey Say?

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

The famous environmentalist, Edward Abbey, once said, “Sentiment without action is abbey-sentimentthe ruin of the soul.” We agree!

And that’s why we are doing our best to push both — sentiment and action — into the public debate about managing the Colorado River.

FIRST, HERE’S OUR SENTIMENT: Last week, Lake Mead fell to its lowest water level in history. That very same day, the main reporter who covers this story for the Las Vegas Review Journal, Henry Brean, called me to talk about it. I told him that the entire Screenshot (307)river is being managed very poorly — both for water supply and for river protection — and so this continued falling of Lake Mead is no surprise. In addition, while the agencies in Arizona, California, and Nevada are proposing to try and keep more water in the Lake, the agencies in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming are trying to further drain it!

He quotes me in his article: “At the same time the agencies in the lower basin are discussing cuts, the agencies in the upper basin are working to suck more water out of the river,” Wockner said. “It’s a zero-sum game.”

A few days later, the renowned environmental journalist, Abrahm Lustgarten, published a piece in the New York Times about the continued demise of both Lakes Mead and Screenshot (306)Powell in which he suggested it was time to consider draining Lake Powell and tearing down Glen Canyon Dam.

Abrahm reached out to me as well as our boardmember and former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dan Beard, who said:  ”‘The Colorado River system is changing rapidly. We have a responsibility to reassess the fundamental precepts of how we have managed the river.’ That reassessment, Mr. Beard and others said, demands that even as new projects are debated, it is time to decommission one of the grandest dams of them all, Glen Canyon.”

Around the same time, another of our boardmembers, the famous nature photographer John Fielder, has been giving presentations about protecting the Yampa River and other rivers in the state of Colorado. During his presentations, John makes it point-blank and 20160506_201324-fielder1loud and clear that new dams and diversions are not needed to meet future water needs, but rather that conservation and water-sharing with farmers is the best path forward.

In short, Save The Colorado is OUT THERE in the media and in the public making our sentiment known far and wide. We are THE leading voice in the media and in events speaking out for the protection and restoration of the river.

SECOND, HERE’S OUR ACTION: At the same crazy time that the river and reservoirs are being drained, four new dams and diversions are being proposed in the Colorado River system. We are deep in the fight to stop every project! We agree with the President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., when he told the Denver Post, “The idea of taking any more water out of the Colorado River or its

Screenshot (308)tributaries seems like a kind of insanity right now.”

In Colorado, we are facing off against the Moffat Collection System Project and the Windy Gap Firming Project; in Utah, we are helping to fight the Lake Powell Pipeline; in Wyoming, we are leading the charge against the proposed Fontenelle Dam re-engineering project. We’re leading, or joining, coalitions of groups fighting these projects, we’ve injected scientific comments into the permitting process, and we’ve argued that conservation and water-sharing are faster, easier, cheaper paths forward.

In addition, we’ve also set our eyes on Glen Canyon Dam. The National Park Service is currently re-examining how it manages the dam, and we’ve inserted intense comments into the EIS process to argue that NPS has not taken climate change seriously, and has failed to fully analyze alternatives to protect and restore the Grand Canyon including draining Lake Powell and decommissioning Glen Canyon Dam. In fact, so far NPS has failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. They have another chance to right this wrong during the permitting process before groups like ours spring into action.

In short, we are taking action on every possible front to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries!

SENTIMENT PLUS ACTION! That’s what you get when you support Save The Colorado! Twice per year, we reach out to you to ask for support for our work. We cannot do this work without your support! Please donate to Save The Colorado to keep the SENTIMENT and the ACTION moving forward.

Please Click Through Here To Our Website To Donate!

Thank you for your support — Let’s Save The Colorado River!

The Upper Basin is Not Meeting the Demands on the Colorado River

The Upper Basin is Not Meeting the Demands on the Colorado River

On May 15th, 2016, the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, James Eklund, penned a column in the Grand Junction Sentinel that contains some false, misleading, and missing information regarding management of the Colorado River.

The Colorado River is being very poorly managed, resulting in massively depleted reservoirs as well as the ecological deterioration of the river’s fish species and habitat. 56f1f7b8091fa.imageFurther, what’s been called a “16-year drought” has set in over the Southwest U.S. and has co-mingled with this bad management to drain the river even more. Further yet, every scientific study of climate change paints a bullseye on the Southwest U.S. and the Colorado River system – all of the predictions indicate less flow in the river, and some of the predictions indicate much larger decreases in flow as climate change intensifies.

Eklund’s column appears to try to reassure the public that the Colorado State government, the state’s water users, and water users throughout the Upper Basin States are grappling with these challenges effectively and have a plan in place to ensure water supply security for the region. However, his column does not reassure readers who are closely engaged with the issue.

First, Eklund says that “…the Upper Basin states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming have been working on preparations to ensure the health of the Colorado River system in sustained dry conditions.” However, facts lead us to the opposite conclusion, that all four states are working to drain the river even more:

  • Wyoming is proposing a massive new diversion of 125,000 acre feet from the Green River at Fontanelle Dam,
  • Utah is planning a massive new diversion of 86,000 acre feet from the Colorado River called the Lake Powell Pipeline,
  • Colorado is planning for two new diversions from the Colorado River totaling 45,000 acre feet – the Windy Gap Firming Project and the Moffat Collection System Project,
  • And New Mexico is planning a new diversion from the Gila River of 12,000 acre feet.

In addition, WY, UT, and CO all think they have even more water rights and have discussed even more diversions than noted above. What’s really going on in the Upper Basin – and officials in Wyoming and Utah have said so publicly – is that the states want to get the last legally allowed drops of water out of the system before the federal government steps in and forces everyone to cut back diversions.

Second, Eklund says that “…many Upper Basin water users, including Coloradans, have answered the call to voluntarily explore ways in which we would be able to

Jim Creek in Grand County, Colorado, a tributary to the Colorado River that is often drained dry by Denver Water

Jim Creek in Grand County, Colorado, a tributary to the Colorado River that is often drained dry by Denver Water

manage our Colorado River…” Eklund provides no reference for the word “many,” but presentations and articles on the topic I have seen suggest that it’s more like a ‘few dozen water users,’ not “many,” and that these explorations have so far been unsuccessful. In fact, the word “miniscule” has been used to describe how much water has so far been saved by these voluntary explorations.

Third, Eklund says the Upper Basin states have “…focused our efforts on operating our reservoirs as effectively as possible…” He appears to be referring to what is sometimes called “reservoir re-operations” as a strategy to ensure that enough water flows downstream to Lake Powell.  When I contacted the Bureau of Reclamation recently, they said they have not yet re-operated any of the Upper Basin reservoirs – including Flaming Gorge, Blue Mesa, or Navajo – to try and prop up Lake Powell but may consider doing so in the future. However, it is very questionable if changing the operation of these reservoirs could make much of a difference – they are much smaller than Lake Powell and could only add a tiny amount of water to a problem that requires a very large course correction.

While I appreciate Eklund’s attempts to reach out to the public to try and provide reassurance, I conclude that his column is not accurate and that his plan would not mead12321even work. Management of the Colorado River system needs a major change, one that short-term elected officials and their appointed managers are unable to likely make. The needed change will require painful cuts to plans to divert more water, and cuts to current deliveries, as well as broad-scale agreements by all four Upper Basin states and thousands of individual water users, most of whom are farmers and are not likely to easily enter into discussions or agreements.

Here’s what needs to be done in order to face our future climate-changed world on the Colorado River:

  1. The Upper Basin states absolutely must stop all new proposed dams and diversions – there simply is not enough water in the system right now to support new diversions, and every climate change model indicates there will likely be less water in the future.
  2. A new and dramatic focus on water conservation in cities and farms must begin as soon as possible, and the water that is conserved must stay in the river and flow downstream instead of being diverted by a different user.
  3. The Upper Basin states will have to give up trying to stabilize or refill Lake Powell, and instead should let the Lake drain. With less and less snowpack and water now and in the future, the Lake was simply a mistake. Draining Lake Powell and storing the water in Lake Mead would save water, money, farms, and even electricity.

Each of these three changes will be very difficult to accept and implement – they are exactly the kind of change that our short-term political system won’t be able to implement until the water system nears collapse and no other choice is possible. And they are exactly the kind of change that needs to be pushed forward into the public discussion from the outside by people and groups who have a stake in the management of the Colorado River.

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Gary Wockner, E.D., Save The Colorado River
May 16, 2016

Colorado Legislature’s Water Project Permit Streamlining Resolution is Reckless and Uninformed

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2016
Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Colorado, 970-218-8310

Colorado Legislature’s Water Project Permit Streamlining Resolution is Reckless and Uninformed

Denver, CO:  The Colorado State House of Representatives is scheduled to have a “floor vote” on “House Joint Resolution 1021″ on Monday, May 2nd. The Resolution (posted here) is titled, “Concerning the Necessity for Congress to Streamline Water Permitting Process.” The resolution has not had any review by a House committee, nor any vetting by the public, and may have been pushed forward by a water agency that is trying to build new dam and reservoir projects. Further, the resolution urges Colorado’s federal congressional delegation to “stay engaged” in the “LEAN process” and “support streamlining recommendations,” but almost no one — including members of the environmental community — know much about what the “LEAN process” is or what it may do to the state’s rivers. The resolution also has an incoherent reference to “streamlining the permitting process so that it concludes in 90 days.”

Buried very deep in the very long Colorado Water Plan is a very short description of something called the “LEAN” process (page 9-43). Rumors have circulated that the State Water Conservation Board and its Director James Eklund have had secret meetings about LEAN to which “invited” guests have attended, but those meetings have not been open to the public. Further, there is no record of meetings, notes, attendees, or anything related to LEAN on the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s website nor has CWCB sent any such documents to the public.

“This resolution is reckless and uninformed,” said Gary Wockner, Director the Colorado River protection group, Save The Colorado. “The public has no idea what the LEAN process is, it’s had no public vetting, and it appears to have been discussed during secret meetings of invited guests.”

“Water projects that would dam, drain, and divert our amazing Colorado rivers need all of the eyes, ears, and science we can muster to protect them for future generations,” continued Wockner. “Real science costs real money and takes real time — that’s what federal law requires and that’s what serves the public.”

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Why The Lower Basin Water Cutbacks Won’t Fix The Problem on the Colorado River

Big News coming out of the Lower Colorado River Basin this week whereby Arizona, California, and Nevada are negotiating a deal to keep water in Lake Mead. This deal would pre-empt water shortage declarations and let all three ‘share the pain’ in a 56f1f7b8091fa.imagedifferent way than the official 2007 guidelines required.

  1. Tony Davis from the AZ Daily Star reports the repercussions for AZ: http://tucson.com/news/local/big-cap-cuts-coming-as–state-water-agreement-nears/article_876e3aa6-6cf0-53ec-bd0c-95be8c6468ae.html
  2. Ian James from The Desert Sun follows up with the CA angle: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2016/04/26/california-weighs-sharing-pain-colorado-river-cuts/83510014/

Note from the AZ Star article:  “Arizona would lose 192,000 of its 1.5 million acre-foot Central Arizona Project supply starting next year.”

If we connect these dots back upstream to the Upper Basin — Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, where the water all comes from — there’s another angle on this story that has received less attention. At the same time that the Lower Basin is sharing the pain, the gross-1234Upper Basin is proposing to take more water out of the river that would overwhelm the cutbacks in AZ, CA, and NV.

  1. Alex Burness from the Boulder Daily Camera reports — Denver Water’s proposed “Moffat Collection System Project” would take around 15,000 acre feet out of the Colorado River. The Army Corps is expected to issue a final Record of Decision in the next 6 months: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_29726160/activists-continue-effort-in-boulder-to-block-gross-reservoir-expansion
  2. Bruce Finley from the Denver Post reports — Northern Colorado Water’s Windy Gap Firming Project would take around 30,000 acre feet out of the Colorado River. The Army Corps is expected to issue a final Record of Decision in the next 6 months: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29763004/hickenlooper-backs-windy-gap-water-orders-final-permit
  3. Kevin Fixler from the Summit Daily reports — The State of Utah initiated the permitting process for the Lake Powell pipeline in December 2015 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which could take 2 years. The project proposes to take out 86,000 acre feet out of the Colorado River: http://www.summitdaily.com/news/21067181-113/despite-state-water-plan-local-headwaters-have-growing
  4. Eric Galatas from Public News Service reports — The State of Wyoming is proposing the Fontenelle Dam re-engineering with the Bureau of Reclamation that would take 125,000 acre feet out of the Green River which flows into the Colorado: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-03-22/environment/wyoming-among-states-advancing-claims-on-colorado-river/a50955-1

Let’s do the math of the potential new diversion in the Upper Basin:

  • Moffat Collection System Project = 15,000 acre feet
  • Windy Gap Firming Project = 30,000 acre feet
  • Lake Powell Pipeline = 86,000 acre feet
  • Fontenelle Dam re-engineering = 125,000 acre feet
  • TOTAL: 256,000 acre feet

In short: the potential agreement for cutbacks in the first year in Arizona (192,000 acre feet) in the Lower Basin would be completely negated by the potential new diversions in the Upper Basin (256,000 acre feet).

Let’s ask this: Why in the world would the federal government (Army Corps, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Reclamation) permit a new project in the Upper Basin when this Zero Sum Game is happening?

That’s why Save The Colorado’s policy is “No New Dams And Diversions.”

Gary Wockner, Save The Colorado

River Activists to Float New, Free-Flowing Section of Colorado River

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22nd, 2016

CONTACT: Eric Balken (801) 631-2774  eric@glencanyon.org

River Activists to Float New, Free-Flowing Section of Colorado River through Glen Canyon Saturday

On Saturday, April 23rd, a group of 100 river restoration activists will float a new, free-flowing section of Colorado River from the boat ramp at Hite, UT to Farley Canyon on Screenshot (272)what was once inundated 50 feet under Lake Powell. The river float and party to take place after are a celebration of Glen Canyon Institute’s 20th Anniversary.

The celebration will include speakers such as environmental activist Ken Sleight, on whom the Character Seldom Seen Smith was based in Ed Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, as well as Save the Colorado’s Gary Wockner, and Glen Canyon Institute President Richard Ingebretsen.

“The thought of seeing the Colorado River flow through Glen Canyon again has been a dream for many, and today we’re seeing that dream come true”, says GCI’s Richard Ingebretsen. “Although it’s only a small portion of the canyon, we’re doing what was once considered impossible”.

“As water shortage and climate change continue to bring down Lake Powell, river runners everywhere are awaiting the day when they can float all of Glen Canyon”, says GCI Executive Director Eric Balken. “Climate models are showing that the reservoir will likely never fill again, and there’s a good chance we’ll get to float the entire river through Glen Canyon one day”.

More information on this event can be found on GCI’s website at www.glencanyon.org. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Glen Canyon Institute website for more information on the Fill Mead First plan.

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Glen Canyon Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon, and a free-flowing Colorado River.

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Let’s Go Rafting — Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River!

Hi Friends — Let’s Go Rafting!

Our great friends at O.A.R.S. Adventure Travel are offering an exclusive raft trip for Save The Colorado friends and supporters in Cataract Canyon on the oars-cataractColorado River in Utah!

This 6-day trip is a fundraiser for Save The Colorado and will support our work to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries throughout the Southwest U.S.

Dates: July 31st - August 5th, 2016

Cost: $1,699 per adult, $1,599 per youth (17 & under)

The trip will feature amazing hiking at “The Dollhouse” in Canyonlands National Park, up close views of Anasazi ruins, and the extraordinary rapids in Cataract Canyon including “Big Drop.” Get ready for:

  • Towering red rock walls, seasonal waterfalls & otherworldly scenery
  • Sensational side hikes & stand up paddleboarding on the Colorado
  • Raft the legendary Class III – IV rapids of Cataract Canyon
  • Prehistoric ruins, rock art panels, and awesome beach camps
  • Scenic return flight over Canyonlands to Moab

Joining us on the trip will be special guests and environmental activists working to cataract1protect and restore the river from the source to the sea.

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, return flight back to Moab, 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/2016/03/Colorado_River_through_Cataract_Canyon_6-Day_Itinerary-with-STC.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!

Take Action to Stop “Disaster Capitalism on the Colorado River!”

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

Here’s what’s new along the Colorado River this week! First, we asked you to send emails to the County Commissioners in Boulder, Colorado, asking them to help stop the proposed Colorado River-draining “Gross Dam Expansion” in Southwest Boulder Image1County. Over 700 of you sent emails! Thank you! And, can we get that to 1,000 emails? I bet we can! (click here to send an email to the Commissioners) These three commissioners — Deb Gardner, Elise Jones, and Cindy Domenico (L to R) — are some of the most progressive and environmental elected officials in the U.S., and, they’d love to hear from you if you have not already sent them an email.

Please click here to send them an email asking them to help stop the Gross Dam Expansion which would drain another five billion gallons of water out of the Colorado River every year. Further, the dam expansion would be the largest construction project in Boulder County history causing damage to roads, noise pollution, climate change emissions, and a significant impact on the quality of life of nearby residents. Click here to send an email to Commissioners Gardner, Jones, and Domenico — they need to hear from you today! We are having a meeting about this issue next week in Boulder and the Commissioners need 1,000 emails in their inboxes to help spur them to action. Thank you!

Second, check out our column in America’s largest-circulation newspaper, USA Today, that appeared online yesterday. The column, titled “Disaster Capitalism on the Screenshot (215)Colorado River” (click here to read it) asks the hard questions about what’s going on with the Obama administration and its new focus on water. Will it protect and restore our rivers? Or will it collude with the private sector to further privatize water supplies so “climate change investors” (a.k.a. “Disaster Capitalists”) can make billions in profit as the demand for water increases while climate change shrinks supply?

We are very concerned by some of the statements coming from Secretary Jewell about building new “storage, pipelines, and canals” and “advancing efficient permitting” that could further destroy the river. I end the column by saying that Obama should: “Focus on the protection and restoration of the Colorado River ecosystem, and make sure that the river’s amazing water resource is administered with equity and justice so that profiteering is minimized and the public good is maximized for all of the species — human and non-human alike — that depend on the river for survival.Take a read here!

Finally, mark your calendars for our 2016 raft trip! The amazing people at OARS Whitewater Rafting have again offered us a fundraising raft trip on the Colorado River in 2016. This year’s trip will be in Cataract Canyon from July 31 – August 5. The ride through Cataract is awesome and includes “Big Drop,” which is one of the biggest rapids on the Colorado River, as well as lots of amazing serene stretches of river to rest, relax, and be a “tube lizard” in the sun. The float includes day hikes in Canyonlands National Park and a visit to the historic confluence of Green and Colorado Rivers. See trip details here. You can contact Emily Kay at OARS for more information: Phone: 209-753-4790, Email: emilyk@oars.com You can be in this photo below this summer! Join us!
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Thank you for all of your support, and stay tuned fore MORE ACTION!