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Save the Colorado Mission/History/Leadership

Save The Colorado is a program of SAVE THE WORLD’S RIVERS. The Save The Colorado program mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea. The Save The Colorado program focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects, supporting alternatives to proposed dams and diversions, fighting and adapting to climate change, supporting river and fish species restoration, and removing deadbeat dams. The Save The Colorado program has thousands of supporters throughout the Southwest U.S. from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond.

The Save The Colorado program is a small, grassroots, and very pro-active river-saving effort that strives to make a consequential difference in the protection and restoration of Colorado River and its tributaries. In addition, we do it will soul, passion, and fun!

Save The World’s Rivers Leadership:

Gary Wockner, PhD, is Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Boardmember.

Gary has been active in environmental protection most of his adult life. Over the past decade, Gary has spearheaded the protection and restoration of his local watershed in Fort Collins, CO, and has played an increasing role around Colorado River protection throughout the Southwest U.S.. In 2010 Gary co-founded and launched the Save The Colorado River Campaign with New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins (makers of Fat Tire Beer). With financial support from New Belgium, Patagonia, and Clif Bar, from 2010 – 2014 Save The Colorado was a small philanthropy that donated funds to non-profit environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin. Due to its success, in 2015 Save The Colorado spun off to be a free-standing 501(c)3 with the mission above. Gary is an award-winning international environmental activist and writer — he has been named a “River Hero,” an “Eco-Rockstar Impacting the Planet,” and a “Renowned Environmental Leader” by environmental publications.  More info at

Contact: Gary[at]SaveTheColorado[dot]org. Phone: 970-218-8310

To see the full board of directors, visit this page at Save The World’s Rivers.

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