Colorado River Basin: ‘Colorado River Day’ celebration recap

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Click on the thumbnail graphic for a photo of Jon Waterman paddling the agricultural ooze at the Mexico end of the Colorado River.

From email from Save the Colorado (Gary Wockner):

Last week was a great week for Colorado River activism! First, July 25th was the first official “Colorado River Day.” On July 25th, 1921, Congress named it the Colorado River, so we celebrated the day.

Events were held in Denver, Las Vegas, Grand Junction, Phoenix, and San Diego. At these events, we celebrated the Day and helped support a unique combination of people and groups who agree on the importance of “conserving” the Colorado River.

Environmental conservationists joined arms with fiscal conservatives to send a message to the federal government and the governors in the Colorado River basin that we want them to focus on conservation and efficiency first to protect the Colorado River and to address projected shortages in Southwest U.S. water supplies.

On Colorado River Day, we also launched a public petition asking the federal and state governments to do just that — focus on conservation and efficiency first.

More Colorado River Basin coverage here and here.

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