From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon):
The city at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers was selected because “of the value it places on healthy rivers as community assets,” the organization said. The report, “Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for Climate Change,” is being released as Congress is dealing with measures to help communities prepare for the floods, droughts and waterborne diseases that come with a changing climate, American Rivers said. “We are at a transformational moment for our nation’s rivers and water infrastructure, and Grand Junction is forging the path to a healthier, more secure future,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. Much of the focus on Grand Junction is due to the Colorado Riverfront Project, which was aimed at cleaning up the riverbanks to allow for recreational and commercial development. The effort also included the cleanup of the old uranium mill and tailings piles near downtown, and moving a salvage yard off the banks.