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Save The Colorado Donates $160,000 in 2012

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2013
Save The Colorado River Campaign
https://savethecolorado.newmedia1.net

Fort Collins, CO – For the third year the Save The Colorado River campaign has made donations to 19 environmental groups up and down the Colorado River basin that are working to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries.  Just finishing up its philanthropy in 2012, the campaign donated to groups from the top of the basin all the way to the bottom – from Denver to Tucson and San Diego.

2012 saw a historic drought in the Colorado River basin that severely impacted the river’s health.  On the bright side, conservation efforts made significant progress on some fronts throughout the basin, including restoring a very small streamflow to the Colorado River Delta, helping to stop and stall the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline, and making sure water conservation was highlighted in the Department of Interior’s Colorado River Basin Study.

“These environmental groups are working hard to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries,” said Gary Wockner, Coordinator for the Save The Colorado River Campaign. “We are proud to support them, proud of their work, and look forward to more success in 2013.”

The organizations that received donations included:

  1. Earthjustice: Colorado River advocacy project
  2. Grand Canyon Trust: Colorado River advocacy and campaign
  3. San Diego Coastkeeper: Water recycling and conservation to reduce Colorado River impacts
  4. Los Angeles Waterkeeper: Stormwater control and conservation to reduce Colorado River impacts
  5. Sonoran Institute: Restoring flows and habitat in the Colorado River Delta
  6. Orange County Coastkeeper: The Coastkeeper water conservation garden
  7. American Whitewater: Advocacy in the Upper Colorado River
  8. American Rivers: Shaping the future of hydropower development in the Colorado River basin
  9. Colorado Water Trust: Water purchases and leasing in Colorado
  10. High Country Citizen’s Alliance: Protection of instream flows on the Gunnison River
  11. Sheep Mountain Alliance: San Miguel River campaign
  12. Great Basin Network: Las Vegas organizing and water supply advocacy
  13. Citizens for Dixie’s Future: Addressing the threat of the Lake Powell Pipeline
  14. Glen Canyon Institute: Glen Canyon restoration campaign – Fill Lake Mead First
  15. Utah Rivers Council: Advocacy of Utah rivers in the Colorado River basin
  16. Colorado Environmental Coalition: Colorado River advocacy
  17. Heal Utah: Addressing the threat of the Green River nuclear power plant
  18. Living Rivers: Colorado River advocacy
  19. Center for Biological Diversity: Virgin River protection campaign

The Save The Colorado River Campaign is led by New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, CO.  The campaign fund is further supported by donations from Patagonia, Clif Bar, and the Kenney Brothers Foundation.  Save The Colorado is a fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, a 501c3 organization.

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