Hello Friends of the Colorado River!
Bad News: Despite the heavy rains in Colorado this May and June, it barely made a dent in the declining health of the Colorado River and its water storage at Lakes Powell and Mead. In fact, the lake levels continue to fall and are now at the lowest combined storage level in history. See the graph to the left provided to us by John Fleck at the University of New Mexico.
Save The Colorado believes that not enough is being done to address the continual problem and its ramifications for the health of the Colorado River ecosystem and the nonhuman critters that depend on it for survival. Further, not only are the elected officials and water agencies not doing enough to address the problem, they are — BELIEVE IT OR NOT — proposing even more new diversions of water out of the river and its tributaries in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Utah.
Save The Colorado is fighting to stop these new diversions including the Moffat and Windy Gap Projects in Colorado, the Lake Powell Pipeline in Utah, the Gila River Diversion in New Mexico, the Fontenelle Dam enlargement in Wyoming, and others. We need YOUR help to do that! Please consider a donation to Save The Colorado by clicking through to this link here: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/donate/
GOOD NEWS — LET’S GO RAFTING! Summer is almost over and it’s still time for more fun! Please join us on our Green River rafting trip August 23-26. We’ll be paddling through the famous Gates of Lodore and Dinosaur National Monument with several esteemed colleagues, key among them is River Hero Mark Dubois. Mark is a co-founder of Friends of the River and the International Rivers Network, and has long been a leader in river conservation.
In 1979, he 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. Mark is a pivotal leader in the history of the American river protection movement — he is very generously spending a few days with us (and you!) on this wonderful trip on the Green River.
Click through here to our website to learn all the details of this great trip.
Stay tuned for more news and action, and thank you for your support!