Hello Friends of the Colorado River!
Rarely in our line of work — river conservation and restoration — do we achieve solid victories that create clear paths forward for restoring broken rivers. So what has happened around the Colorado River Delta over the past 12 months is indeed a significant and rare event.
And now it’s being taken one step further!
Recall that last year, the U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement to restore a small streamflow to the Colorado River Delta where it no longer reaches the Gulf of California. That agreement depended upon the environmental community stepping forward to purchase some of the water to be put back in the river.
Now, renowned actor and environmentalist Robert Redford is also stepping forward along with the Redford Center to help lead the fundraising campaign to buy the water to restore the Delta. The Redford Center’s commitment is an outgrowth of the success of their Watershed Movie released last year for which Save The Colorado funded a tour of the Southwest U.S. — we reached out to thousands of people who took action to protect and restore the delta. (Watch a video with Robert Redford about the Watershed Movie here.)
On September 7, Robert Redford and the Redford Center will join environmental groups in Phoenix to launch the “Raise The River” fundraising campaign. Even more
good news, Raise the River has already secured a $1 million donation from the Terra Foundation, which is a big step towards the $10 million fundraising goal. Redford will be joined at the public event by Anne Castle who is Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and Greg Stanton who is Mayor of Phoenix, as well as representatives from environmental groups including Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Pro Natura, and the Sonoran Institute.
If you’d like to attend the event in Phoenix, you can register by clicking here. If you’d like to learn more about the fundraising effort or directly donate to Raise The River’s “Colorado River Delta Water Trust,” you can click here.
Thank you for your support — stay tuned for more action!