Hello Friends of the Colorado River!
There’s a lot going on — hang on! First, our friends at Raise The River released this really cool video ad featuring Robert Redford and Will Farrell. In the ad, the two stars battle it out in ludicrous comedy video exchanges about whether it makes more sense to Raise the River (i.e., add water to the Colorado River Delta) or Move The Ocean. Take a look here, and you decide who wins! This is all in the context of the super news coming out on March 22nd — which is World Water Day, too! — that the gates of Morelos Dam are opening to let a “pulse flow” of water return to the Colorado River Delta. Numerous news reports have already covered this upcoming event including this one in the Las Vegas Review Journal. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks and there will be numerous reports — news, blog, and social media — so stay tuned for all of the action. In the meantime, enjoy this short video from Redford and Farrell!
Help us give a big “Thank You!” to Congressman Jared Polis. Last week Colorado Congressman Jared Polis removed his support for a very controversial bill, the “Water Rights Protection Act.” This bill would take away the federal government’s ability to better protect rivers across America — including the Colorado River — on behalf of the people of the United States. Although the bill initially proposed to make a small change in federal law, the bill got taken over by strident anti-environmental forces who turned it into an anti-government diatribe session when it was discussed on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Congressman Polis stood strong in support of America’s rivers! He tried to amend the bill, but when his amendment failed, he pulled his support. Unfortunately the bill passed the House, but we are hoping it dies in the U.S. Senate. Click here and “like” this facebook post to “Thank” Congressman Polis for speaking out to protect OUR rivers!
Last weekend, Save The Colorado was delighted to attend the “Rocky Mountain River Celebration” in Boulder, Colorado commemorating the “International Day of Action for Rivers.” Over a hundred river-loving friends jammed into Upslope Brewery to watch videos, listen to speakers, and raise money for river conservation efforts. The event was sponsored by “The Environmental Group” in Boulder county which is working to address the threat of the “Moffat Project,” a proposal to massively enlarge Gross Dam in Southwest Boulder county and divert even more water out of the Colorado River. Take a look at this huge dam already — and Denver Water wants to make it 125 feet higher, all the while further draining and destroying the Colorado River. Below is a photo of all of the attendees: “Rivers Unite Us!”
Here’s a few more issues to a look at:
- Our petition to the Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power is still going strong! Please click through and sign to encourage L.A. to conserve water in this drought.
- Here’s a great short video about a dam removal project on the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado. A huge thanks to the City of Fort Collins and the Colorado Water Trust for this river-restoring project.
- DamNation is alive! The world premier of this film was at SXSW last week in Austin. More showings are coming to a city near you — check out the trailer!
Thank You For Your Support! Stay Tuned For More Updates!