“Mapping the River Ahead,” a new report by Carpe Diem West, provides an insightful discussion of solutions for the Colorado River Basin. The authors conducted anonymous interviews with more than 30 “water leaders” (disclosure, I was among them) representing a broad range of sectors and locations. The anonymous process was a useful strategy to get a realistic assessment of what people really think, freeing the interviewees from the obligation to take institutional positions.
Notwithstanding this year’s great snow in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River Basin faces a challenging water future. Through the drought that has persisted since 2000, the basin’s water users have gulped their way through half of the basin’s water storage, which amounts to a full two years of the river’s average supply.
Jennifer Pitt, Environmental Defense Fund
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In 2012, we hit a milestone. That’s when the U.S. and Mexican governments included Delta restoration provisions in an historic, binational water-sharing agreement known as Minute 319.
Our current goal is to raise $10 million by 2017.The money will be used to conduct essential restoration work, such as removing non-native invasive species, planting native trees and vegetation and acquiring water rights dedicated to environmental restoration in the Delta. In meeting our goal, we will rebuild the habitats that support local communities and wildlife.
The Delta is the most broken reach of the Colorado River. If we can fix the Delta, we can demonstrate that no place is beyond hope. Join us in rewriting history. Every dollar counts. You can get involved by joining in our efforts.
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