The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis for the Colorado River

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

We marched! On Sunday I had the good fortune to join my fellow river advocates in the Waterkeeper Alliance to march for climate justice in the streets of New York City. Over waterkeeper-climate-small400,000 people strong, the march was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. We sent a message to our leaders, saying that it is time to act on climate change now. A few days later in his speech to the United Nations, President Obama said, “Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them. We have to answer the call.” Amen! The climate crisis is a water crisis — rising sea levels, drought, floods, cataclysmic storms, all are coming our way due to climate change. I posted this blog in EcoWatch, take a read, “The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis.” The Colorado River ecosystem has been especially hard hit by drought. We are now in our 15th year of an ongoing drought, and parts of our ecosystem in California are experiencing the worst recorded drought in history. Further, scientists say this drought is likely to get worse, not better.

And they want to drain the river even more! Crazy as it sounds, at the very same time that the Colorado River continues to shrink and the levels in the reservoirs continue to gila-123drop, water planners across the Southwest U.S. are planning to build even more dams and reservoirs. Nevermind that building a reservoir won’t make it rain, they are planning on taking even more water out of an already degraded system and further debilitating the river we all love and cherish. In New Mexico, the State is considering a major diversion out of the Gila River which flows into the Colorado River. In Colorado, Denver Water is considering another diversion out of the headwaters of the Colorado River to be piped over to Denver. And in Utah, a crazy idea is being considered to take a large amount of water out of the river to fuel and cool a proposed nuclear powerplant. And there’s even more proposals than that! The U.S. has seen cataclysmic storms on our coasts and heatwaves across the midwest, but perhaps nowhere is climate change gripping an ecosystem as in the long-term drought across the Southwest U.S.

And so that’s why I marched! The streets were alive and crawling with humanity that wanted to protect our climate, our rivers, our planet, our economy. If you were there too, march-123that’s awesome and thank you! If not, here’s some petitions you can sign to help tell our elected leaders to protect and restore our rivers and ecosystems, not further drain and deplete them. 1. Sign this petition to Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado telling him to focus on alternatives to dams in the Colorado Water Plan. 2. Sign this petition to Governor Martinez of New Mexico and tell her to protect the Gila River. 3. Sign this petition to the State Engineer of Utah telling him to not allow the massive diversion of water for the Green River Nuclear Powerplant. Recall again, President Obama said, “Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them. We have to answer the call.” Only by speaking out will our elected leaders pay any attention to us at all. We need to create a movement of people that can lead and then force our elected leaders to follow us. The people lead, the politics follows. The climate crisis is a water crisis and we can fix it.

Thank you for all of your incredible support!

Save The Colorado by joining the People’s Climate March!

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

The Colorado River ecosystem, which includes southern California, has been hard hit by long-term drought and is expected to get even more pummeled by climate change in climate-marchthe coming decades. The federal government predicts that climate change could decrease flows in the river by 10% – 30% by the year 2060. And so climate change is a huge issue facing the Colorado River and a huge issue that our organization is tackling. We are joining the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21st, and we encourage you to come along! March organizers predict that over 500,000 people will be at the march, which will coincide with the United Nations’ “Climate Summit” on Sept. 23rd. Over 950 groups have already committed to reaching out to their supporters encouraging attendance, and Save The Colorado is proud to join this effort. You can click here to sign up. There’s a whole webpage dedicated to transportation options — trains, planes, and automoblies! — so you can more easily attend. Why should you come? I wrote this article on EcoWatch to help convince you — “4 Reasons Water Advocates Should Join The People’s Climate March.” Take a read! We’ll see you in New York City on the 21st!

MEGADROUGHT! As the drought deepens in California, a new scientific study and a batch of newspaper articles have started predicting a “MEGADROUGHT” could impact megadroughtthe Colorado River ecosystem in the coming decades. For several decades scientists have known and studied historic “megadroughts” in the Southwest U.S. and Colorado River basin, but not until last week did a scientific paper directly connect potential future megadroughts to climate change. The scientific paper, published in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, puts the chance of a climate-change caused megadrought between 20 percent and 50 percent over the next century. Toby Ault, who is a Cornell University assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the paper, directly ties this risk to human-caused climate change when he says: “As we add greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—and we haven’t put the brakes on stopping this—we are weighting the dice for megadrought conditions.” Take a look at the LA Times story here or the USA Today story here.

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of news reports that included quotes and input from the Save The Colorado River Campaign. Here’s a story about the Colorado Water Plan in the Summit Daily that includes comments from me, here’s another in Palm Springs’ Desert Sun with a quote about California’s groundwater crisis, and here’s a great 40-minute interview with me by Derrick Jensen on the Progressive Radio Network all about the Colorado River! Take a look and listen to all!

Finally, we had an amazing trip last week in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River! A wonderful 6-day trip with the Glen Canyon Institute and Holiday River Expeditions. Two great photos below. Summer’s almost gone — get out there and have fun!IMG_2341-small123holiday-cataract123


Colorado River Update: Stop The Gondola! Save The Vaquita!

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

We have two items to TAKE ACTION for this week!  First, as you may have heard, a developer is proposing to build a massive hotel and casino on tribal land at the Screenshot (116)confluence of the Little Colorado River and Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. What’s worse is that the developer also wants to build a gondola that gives tourists rides from the rim of the canyon all the way down to the Colorado River.

This story has gotten nationwide attention, including here with an editorial by Kevin Fedarko in the New York Times last week. In our opinion, this may be the worst development proposal in the history of American development proposals (and that’s a high bar!). Is nothing sacred? You can learn more about the development proposals by visiting the website, “Save The Confluence.”  And, our friends at the Grand Canyon Trust have created a petition to key decision-makers — you can sign the petition here.

Second, the vaquita is almost extinct — please help!  What’s a vaquita, you ask? The vaquita is a small porpoise that lives in the upper reaches of the Gulf of California Screenshot (117)where the Colorado River no longer meets the sea. A recent population count has vaquita numbers down to 97 (from over 500 a decade ago), and scientists believe that if something isn’t done, the vaquita will be extinct in 2 or 3 years.

The Cousteau Society says it is the “most endangered marine mammal on the planet.” It is endangered mostly by gillnets and illegal fishing; it is also endangered by poor water quality — because the Colorado River no longer flows into the Gulf, there are water quality problems in the vaquita’s habitat. Yesterday I posted this story on EcoWatch — click through here to read the story and take action.  The story is titled, “The Most Endangered Child At Our Border.” At the bottom of the story is a link to a petition to Mexican officials demanding that they take action to protect the vaquita before it is killed into extinction.  Again, take a look at the EcoWatch story here.

Here’s our pic of the week!  Summer is almost over — get out there and enjoy it!


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Is the Colorado Water Plan a “River Destroyer’s Manifesto?”

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

The State of Colorado is creating a “Colorado Water Plan” — is it a “River Destroyer’s Manifesto?” As we’ve discussed on this blog many times, several states in the Southwest U.S. are busy creating “water plans” and all of them are looking grim.  Last week, we got manifesto1a look at the plan for the Denver Metro area and northern Colorado.  And it is GRIM. Because over 50% of the flow in the Colorado River originates in the state of Colorado, what happens in Colorado impacts the river and water suppliers from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix to Los Angeles. Take a look at this story in the Boulder Weekly that just came out. The draft plan in the Denver area reads like a river destroyer’s manifesto — they propose to further dam, drain, and divert every river in the state including the Colorado River and point that water to the sprawling Denver megalopolis along the Front Range mountains of Colorado. Recall, you sent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper over 1,000 emails asking him to protect the Colorado River in this plan — we still don’t know what the Governor’s going to do. Stay tuned for all the action. This is likely going to be a brutal fight to keep Colorado’s rivers alive and we will need your voice!

Now for some better news! Those cool kids at the Redford Center and the Sonoran Institute have came out with a great new video about their future plans to keep restoring Screenshot (108)the Colorado River Delta in Mexico! Narrated by Robert Redford, this new video discusses the “pulse flow” earlier this year and offers really amazing new images we hadn’t seen before.

The pulse brought the desert back to life — not just the plants, animals, and river in the desert, but the people along the river too.  This video has some great footage of children and families playing in the river for the first time in their lives. In addition, the video talks about the next step in the process, that of getting a long-term solution of an ongoing flow in the Colorado River Delta.  Take a look at this video and click through to Raise the River to learn more.

July 25th was Colorado River Day! That’s right, for the third year in a row, Save The Colorado helped celebrate and support Colorado River Day, which is the day in 1921 coast-cardthat the U.S. Congress named it the Colorado River. Events occurred in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. Elected officials, youth groups, and business leaders were involved. See more here on the Colorado River Day website.

Save The Colorado had the great pleasure of working with New Belgium Brewing (makers of Fat Tire and Skinny Dip Beer) on Colorado River Day. One of our amazing volunteers came up with the idea for “Coast Cards” which were given out to visitors at the bar in the brewery in Fort Collins.  The Coast Cards were a letter to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper asking him to focus on conservation, to stop new dams, and to restore rivers in the Colorado Water Plan process. Here’s a pic of one of the coasters in the brewery. Click here to take a look at our Colorado River Day blog, and see our volunteer, Ellie Barber, delivering these Coast Cards to the Governor’s office.

Stay tuned for more action and information on how you can help protect and restore the Colorado River!

Colorado River Day with New Belgium Brewing!

Save The Colorado had a great Colorado River Day on July 25th, 2014!

Working with our lead sponsor, New Belgium Brewing, one of our amazing volunteers took the coast-cardreigns and created the “Coast Card Campaign.”  These “Coast Cards” are beer coasters that were handed out at the “Liquid Center” (which is the bar area…:-) ) at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins. The coasters are also printed with information about participating in Colorado’s Water Plan process. Visitors to the brewery got to enjoy great beers and provide official comments to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for the Colorado Water Plan. Here’s what it says on the back of the coaster:

 ellie2Dear Governor Hickenlooper,

While formulating Colorado’s Water Plan, please provide leadership in three key areas:

1. Push for water conservation, reuse, and recycling as key steps in securing our future water needs.

2. Do not support new dams and diversions from Colorado’s rivers.

3. Start focusing on river restoration.

Sincerely, xoxo
(the card was signed by the visitor)

We had around 800 people sign the Coast Cards in the Brewery, and on Colorado River Day we delivered the Coast Cards to Governor Hickenlooper’s office in the State Capitol ellie1in Denver. Our amazing volunteer, Ellie Barber of Snowmass, Colorado, came over to Fort Collins and Denver and saw her inspiration through from the Brewery to the Governor’s office.

Thank you Ellie!

If you would also like to give the Governor some input into the Colorado Water Plan, you can click through here to our online comment page. Go ahead and let the Governor hear your voice too!

Happy Colorado River Day!

As Drought Deepens, Bad Actors Emerge (San Diego, pay attention!)

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

San Diego — bad actor of the week!  We are working with conservation groups throughout the Southwest U.S. to protect and restore the Colorado River for future generations of people and for the river and its mayor-falconer1wildlife.  In that capacity, we focus on highlighting good and bad actors who are impacting the health of the Colorado River. Unfortunately the bad actor this week is the City of San Diego which gets about 1/2 of its water from the Colorado River. At the same time that California Governor Brown encouraged all Californians to reduce their water use by 20%, San Diego actually contributed to an increase in water usage by 8% — in other words, they wasted more water this year than last year, even in this extreme drought! Even worse, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has refused to elevate the City’s drought response program to a higher level of conservation and awareness. So, working with the local conservation group, San Diego Coastkeeper, we are highlighting San Diego and Mayor Faulconer as the ‘bad actor’ of the week — please click through here to our Facebook page to let Mayor Faulconer know your thoughts on his decision to continue wasting water in San Diego. You can read more about this on EcoWatch here.

Lake Mead’s decline continues to be the big story of the week!  As the Lake level falls to its lowest point in history, the political escalation is rising.  Two conservation groups — Lake-mead1234American Rivers and Western Resource Advocates — came out with a report last week on solutions to restoring the balance of water in the Colorado River system.  You can read this report here. It adds to the growing concern of how to address the long-term decline of Lake Mead as well as the entire Colorado River.  The states in the Southwest U.S. have also come up with their own plan, discussed in this Arizona Daily Star article here.  And, political leaders like Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom have entered the fray with this editorial here in the Las Vegas Review Journal — Senator Segerblom says, “Like us, rivers live and rivers breathe.” The big question is if the federal government or the states can act quickly enough to address the problem, and then a host of questions arise about the details of the actions that might be taken. As the lake and river continues to decline, we are focusing on the health of the river itself — our goal is to keep it flowing and keep the critters it supports (including us human critters!) alive and healthy.

Tomorrow, Friday July 25th, is Colorado River Day!  Woop!  Yes, for the third year in a row we are celebrating Colorado River Day, the day on which in 1921 the U.S. colorado-river-day-final-colored-logoCongress named it the Colorado River. You can read more about Colorado River Day on its website here.  Events will take place in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada highlighting the role of the river in the lives of local people and decision-makers.  The events focus on raising awareness about the problems with the river, and how local governments and local leaders can push forward water conservation programs that help protect and restore the river’s ecosystem.

For your own part, see if you can get outside this weekend and enjoy your local watershed. Rivers are the lifeblood of our ecosystems across the American West — they deserve special protection and appreciation. Check out the photo below — get out there and start paddling!paddle-coriver12


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BREAKING NEWS: Lake Mead Water Level Lowest In History!

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

The big and bad news of this week is that drought, human overuse, and climate change have finally taken their toll on Lake Mead which has dropped to its lowest water level in lakemeaddrought-smallhistory. Lake Mead, which is a man-made reservoir behind Hoover Dam that supplies water to Las Vegas, much of Arizona, and all of Southern California, is now just 39% full. The ongoing social and political drama around the falling lake level continues to reverberate throughout the Southwest U.S. and California in newspaper articles, water agencies, and statements by public officials (see here in the Denver Post). This morning, I authored this exclusive column in EcoWatch titled, “Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level as Nevada Senator Calls for Government Audit.” To the point, folks in Las Vegas are getting mighty concerned about the falling lake which is their sole source of water.  What’s equally interesting though is that this Nevada State Senator, Tick Segerblom, is very concerned about the health of the Colorado River. Senator Segerblom states in his press release: “Healthy rivers signal healthy societies, yet Reclamation failed to mention ecological issues in its recent analysis. The Colorado River is a river of national parks, but the river running through them is struggling.”  (Please click through here to EcoWatch and read the column.)  Stay tuned, and we will keep you apprised of this deteriorating situation.

The extreme drought in California is just plain getting worse every week! And, Californians do not seem to be rising to the occasion to ramp up their water Screenshot (76)conservation efforts. Check out this video made by the New York Times which discusses how California citizens are not meeting the request of their Governor, Jerry Brown, to decrease their water use by 20%. The Times video states that conservation in California cities has only hit 5% despite the extreme drought and the mandate of Governor Brown.

This California drought is also reverberating throughout the Colorado River basin from the top to the bottom. Check out this TV news video from Utah featuring Zach Frankel from the environmental group, Utah Rivers Council.  At the same time that Lake Mead and the Colorado River are stretched beyond the breaking point, State officials in Utah still want to move forward with a massive new diversion out of the river to fuel and subsidize growth in Southwest Utah. Frankel states, “Drought in California means that there will be major scrutiny over new water diversions in states like Utah.”  As the drought continues, the tension is rising throughout the Southwest U.S.     

And finally a chance for you to take some action to address this ongoing chaos! At the same time that drought has stricken the Colorado River basin, the State of Wyoming is UpperGreenRiver-WY_commentproposing to build more dams and reservoirs on the Green River which flows into the Colorado. Our friends at American Rivers have created this action alert to Wyoming’s Governor, Matt Mead:  ”As part of Wyoming’s new statewide water strategy, Gov. Matt Mead is considering whether to recommend building two large dams near the headwaters of the Green River at the foot of the Wind River Range. The two dams — one of which would impound 150,000 acre-feet of water on BLM land at Warren Bridge, and the other that would impound 200,000 acre-feet of water further upstream on national forest land — would flood one of Wyoming’s most iconic wild rivers and irreparably harm one of the richest fish and wildlife habitats in the lower 48 states.” Please click through here and tell Governor Mead to stop this nonsense!

Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities for action!  Thank you for your support!


From L.A. to Denver: Water Wars Escalate!

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

The water wars are escalating across the Southwest U.S.!  First and foremost, the drought in California is intensifying (read the story in the LA Times here) which is putting an increased strain on the la-me-ln-drought-report-20140619Colorado River.  Recall, Southern California gets about 1/2 of its water from the Colorado River and as the rest of the state suffers from drought, more pressure is put on importing water from elsewhere.  This pressure has led to several newspaper stories over the past couple weeks that focus on the declining water levels in Lake Mead — which stores water for Southern California — and how the state is addressing the threat.

This excellent article in the Palm Springs Desert Sun titled “Vanishing Water” focuses on climate change, Lake Mead water levels, and the implications for California.  Taking it one step further, this long editorial in the L.A. Times ratchets up the rhetoric, calling it a “Water War” over Colorado River water between California and Arizona.  At the same time, an in depth article appeared in the Arizona Daily Star about how this water war will likely hit Arizona first, threatening water supplies for Tucson first and foremost.

Are Colorado and Wyoming fueling the water war?  At the same time that the “lower basin states” — Arizona and California — grapple with their war, the “upper basin states” — Colorado and Wyoming — are throwing gasoline on hijackthe fire by proposing to take even more water out of the river before it ever reaches Lakes Powell and Mead.  As I’ve noted in this blog several times, the State of Colorado is creating a “Colorado Water Plan” that proposes to dam, drain, and divert even more water out of the Colorado River.

On that note, last week I published this editorial in the Denver Post titled, “Colorado’s Water Plan Is Being Hijacked.” (it’s great, of course! :-) )  In addition, Denver Water and other Northern Colorado water agencies are planning even more dams and diversions out of the Colorado River.  One proposal called the “Moffat Project” recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement which was assailed by Boulder County, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and our organization, Save the Colorado, for its negative impacts on the Colorado River (read the story in the Boulder Daily Camera here and the Summit County Voice here) .  If Colorado isn’t bad enough, the State of Wyoming is proposing its own “Wyoming Water Strategy” to get even more water out of the Colorado River ecosystem.  Governor Mead’s statements in this newspaper article suggest he’s planning a large network of new dams and diversions, all of which would further dam, drain, and destroy the Green and Colorado Rivers.

And now you’re asking: Do ya have any good news, Gary??  I know, it’s all bad news this week!  Here’s one small bit of good news.  Save The Colorado’s Facebook page just hit 20,000 fans!  Thank you for following us and staying up on these very important issues.  Keep up the Faith and the Fight!Screenshot (61)

Will Utah Tar Sands Destroy the Colorado River?

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

Happy Summer!  The weather is warm and many of the rivers and the creeks in the Colorado River basin are flowing high and beautiful — get out there and enjoy it!

Here’s an update of what’s important and happening across the world of the Colorado River this week:

Will Utah Tar Sands Help Destroy The Colorado River?  We often think of the Keystone XL us-tarsandsPipeline in Alberta, Canada, when we think of tar sands, but there’s another huge tar sands deposit in Utah that may soon be exploited.  Check out this story in Calgary Herald about the proposal.

Tar sands mining is a very dangerous threat to water quality and quantity in the Colorado River in Utah and downstream all the way to Los Angeles.  We are staying on top of it by communicating with our colleagues in Utah who are fighting this bad project — we will keep you informed about how you can take action to address this threat.

The Very Best Story On The Colorado River Delta Restoration!  As you know, over delta-supthe last few months the story of the restoration of the Colorado River Delta has been playing out.  Hundreds of stories have appeared in publications across the U.S. and beyond, but this one just published in Outside Magazine is one of the best. Click here to read the story.  Written by Rowan Jacobsen with photos and video by Pete McBride, the story covers their epic and history-making standup paddleboard trip down the Colorado River Delta after the pulse flow release.  Especially take a look at the video — if you only read one Delta story, make this it.

Will The Snowpack Save Lakes Powell and Mead This Year?  Answer = No.  There mead123was a high amount of snow in some parts of the Colorado River basin this year — especially in Wyoming and Northern Colorado — but it’s not enough to address the problem of the long-term drought and overuse of the Colorado River.  The inflow into Lake Powell is only “average” and Lake Mead is expected to continue to drop.  This story from Popular Science, “Last Straw: The Fortunes of Las Vegas Will Rise or Fall With Lake Mead,” tells part of the story, and this story from the Steamboat Today fills in some more details.  A Colorado River water manager sums it up: “Currently, Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full,” Kuhn said. “Does that make us nervous? Yeah that makes us very nervous.”

Is This Dam Gross Enough Already?  One of the projects that is winding its way grossthrough the federal permitting process is a massive enlargement of this dam/reservoir in Boulder County, Colorado.  Yes, it is actually named “Gross Reservoir.”  The project — proposed by Denver Water — would drain more water out of the Colorado River and pipe it to the sprawling suburbs.  But, the Boulder County government says ‘Not So Fast!’  Last week, Boulder County sent a scathing comment letter into the Army Corps of Engineers assailing the project, its timeline, and its impact on Boulder county residents.  Take a look at this story in the Boulder Daily Camera here titled, “Boulder County Assails Gross Reservoir Expansion Analysis.

And One Action Item This Week!  Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, continues n-JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-large5701to be assailed by environmentalists for his policies against water conservation, in support of fracking, and his so-far lack of leadership in the Colorado Water Plan process.  This past week Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have increased water conservation across the state and increased flows in rivers.  One environmental group, Clean Water Fund, created a banner about Hickenlooper’s “Failure To Lead” and pulled it behind an airplane over Coors Field in Denver during a Rockies baseball game — the item generated this story in the Denver Post.  Clean Water Fund also created this call2action where you can click through and send an email to Gov. Hickenlooper.  Go for it!

Finally, the pic of the week, below!  Enjoy and thank you for your support!!




Will The Feds Let Colorado River Water Grow Marijuana??

Hello Friends of the Colorado River!

So we got you with that headline, right?  Hey, it’s real too!  The U.S. government issued a directive last week prohibiting the use of “federal water” for growing recreational and potmedicinal marijuana. States and cities up and down the Colorado River basin are trying to determine how this directive impacts marijuana agriculture in their state.  Colorado has completely legalized marijuana while other states including Nevada and California have legalized medicinal marijuana, and the Colorado River serves them all.  Further, nearly all of Colorado River water is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation through its network of dams and reservoirs from the top of the basin to the bottom.  However, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, cities in the Colorado River basin apparently can sell their water to grow marijuana.  So, it’s complicated…  Read more in this Vegas news article here.  The legalization of marijuana raises a lot of questions about agriculture in Colorado River states, such as: Will this crop replace other crops? Is marijuana “water intensive?”  Can you make more money growing marijuana than alfalfa in the Imperial Irrigation District of California?  All interesting questions — we’ll see how it plays out over the next few years.

“I Hate Dams!” A couple years ago, Patagonia’s visionary founder, Yvon Chouinard, made that declaration in a speech in Salt Lake City, UT.  And now he’s made real good on yvonhis claim by being the executive producer of the new documentary film, DamNation, and issuing this editorial in the New York Times, titled “Tear Down Deadbeat Dams.”  The Save The Colorado River campaign has had the great pleasure of joining DamNation and Patagonia at the premiers of the film in Denver and Fort Collins.  The film continues to travel around the U.S., playing at local screenings and film festivals. As Yvon says in his editorial, “I’ve been working to take down dams for most of my life.  The idea, once considered crazy, is gaining momentum.  We should seize it and push for the removal of the many dams with high costs and low or zero value.  ….. After a river is restored and the fish have returned, you never hear a single person say, “Gee, I wish we had our dam back.”  Read it all here!  Thank you, Yvon!

And, yours truly got in the media action this past week!  I had an editorial in High Country News‘ Writers on the Range syndicated column service titled, “A franklyKiss That Brought Hope To River Lovers.”  The “kiss” refers to the meeting of the Colorado River with the Sea of Cortez, like two long lost lovers reunited after 20 years.  In addition though, at the very same time we are working to protect and restore the Colorado River Delta, cities and states up and down the Southwest U.S. are trying to get even more water out of the river, proposing new dams, reservoirs, and pipelines.

We river lovers are paying close attention!  And the water agencies like Denver Water and Northern Water in Colorado, and the folks in Utah that want to build the Lake Powell Pipeline and Green River Nuclear Plant, are put on notice.  You have money and power, we have passion — who will win?!?  Time will tell!  Take a read of the editorial here.

And Great News!  We (you!!) sent in over 900 emails to Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, asking him to create a “Colorado Water Plan” that protected and restored n-JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-large570the Colorado River.  Can we get to 1,000??  I know we can!  Please click through here and help us hit the cool 1,000 mark!

As we noted in our blog and eblast last week, the State of Colorado has started to create a “Colorado Water Plan” that is in danger of being hijacked by water developers who want to drain even more water out of all of Colorado’s rivers and pipe it to the Denver metropolitan area to fuel, subsidize, and slake the thirst of new growth. These developers and cities need to focus on water conservation, efficiency, and recycling instead of draining more water out of our rivers.  Your voice can make a difference now at a critical time.  Please click here to our Email Campaign to send an email to Governor John Hickenlooper Your email will be taken as “public comment” in the Colorado Water Plan process, and it needs to come as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!!