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The Colorado River, A River In Distress

Posted: March 11, 2015 at 8:30 am by , in Breaking News, Featured, Morning Magazine

“This river is a patient on life support.”

Gary Wockner, Executive Director of the Save the Colorado River campaign says that we need to pay attention to the health of our rivers, particularly the Colorado River. Wockner says that the Colorado River is severely over-allotted and over taxed with 7 states and a part of Mexico claiming water from the river, so much so that the river never actually reaches the Gulf of California. 5 trillion gallons of water drained from the river every year means the Colorado river delta is completely dry.

 

 

Gary Wockner and Chris Garre, President of The Environmental Group are hosting the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain River Celebration on Saturday March 14th at the Upslope Brewing Company’s Tap Room in Boulder. Colorado writer Craig Childs will be there and there will be live music in addition to a handful of award winning river centric short films and several speakers on western water issues.  It’s a fundraiser for the Boulder County and Colorado River Legal Defense Fund to support legal action to stop Denver Water’s proposed Moffat/Gross Reservoir project.

 

Stories of the River is a new series on KGNU supported by T.E.G highlighting the Colorado river. The first episode looks at the geography of the river, from its origins high up in the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California where the river no longer reaches due to over use.