Hi Friends of the Colorado River!
It was a big news week for the Colorado River, with stories in the press and events all across the basin.
First, Nuestro Rio — a new Hispanic group dedicated to protecting the Colorado River — launched their new song “Corrido de Nuestro Rio” yesterday with events and news stories all across the Southwest U.S. Events in Denver, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Phoenix got rave reviews from locals and were covered widely in the media (a good story is here). A spokesperson for Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley called it “Nuestro Rio Day”!
If you’d like to join in the fun promoting this new music video, consider tweeting:
Help @NuestroRio Save the Colorado River! Check out this cool new music video. #CoRiver http://nuestroriocorrido.weebly.com/
Second, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, spoke at Colorado College in Colorado Springs about the Colorado River. Secretary Salazar noted the problems with the dry Colorado River Delta and let the audience know that his Department was working on the issue and expected it to be resolved. The Associated Press, as well as many regional media, covered Secretary Salazar’s speech. Here’s the AP story that appeared in the Denver Post, which also mentions Save The Colorado’s petition sent to the U.S. State Department requesting that the U.S. and Mexico collaborate to restore the Colorado River Delta.
Finally, the Colorado River Basin Study made news this week, also through an excellent article from the Associated Press. The Bureau of Reclamation is currently considering “options” for how the whole basin can balance its water supplies over the next 50 years. Those options range from towing icebergs from Alaska down the West Coast (boo hiss…) to investing in much more aggressive water conservation measures (yeah!). A great friend of the Colorado River, Protect The Flows which is a coalition of over 370 businesses, has inserted an option focusing on conservation, agricultural efficiency, and “water banking.”
Thank you, again, for your support of the Colorado River!