From the Colorado News Connection (Eric Galatas) via The Durango Herald:
Saturday is Colorado River Day, marking the date in 1921 when the river was officially renamed from the Grand River to the Colorado. The future of the river is uncertain because of water shortages and increasing demand, and it features prominently in an emerging Colorado water plan.
Steve Ela, a fourth-generation organic fruit farmer on the Western Slope, said the river is a critical part of the state’s heritage and way of life.
“Whether it’s the mountains and the recreational opportunities there, whitewater rafting or the fruit that I grow and we all eat, Colorado as a state and especially with it being the headwaters to the Colorado River, we use that water in so many ways,” he said.
A celebration on Saturday in Denver will focus on urban conservation measures outlined in the plan and the need for state leaders to do more. Ela said that in the plan’s second draft, delivered earlier this month, the chapter on actions the state would take was heavy on goals but light on specifics.
More Colorado River Basin coverage here.