COLORADO RIVER DAY in DENVER
July 25, vialis 40mg 2014
“One Basin, 7 States, Local Solutions”
Theme of 3rd Annual Colorado River Day
Denver, CO – July 25 marks the 93nd anniversary of the day the Colorado River was officially re-named from the “Grand” to the “Colorado.” Denver will be one of 5 western cities hosting a celebratory event and day of action as part of Colorado River Day, a region-wide movement to honor the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions.
In its third year, the event focuses on the full spectrum of cities and local communities in the basin addressing water challenges in their respective regions and states, working in collaboration to solve basin-wide challenges. Their combined efforts are aimed at connecting all “pieces of the puzzle”, collectively resulting in a healthy flowing Colorado River system that powers the Western outdoor recreation economy, provides ample water for agriculture and satisfies the needs of municipalities and consumers across the basin.
WHEN: Friday, July 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
WHERE: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop, Denver, CO
WHAT: Panel Discussion
Panel discussion hosted by Nuestro Rio and Conservation Colorado focuses on “one river, seven states, local solutions” with a special emphasis on the Colorado Water Plan under development.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/263604463827038/
WHO: Speakers and Attendees include:
• Members of Nuestro Rio, Conservation Colorado, One World One Water Center,
• City Council member Susan Shepherd and others
WHY COLORADO RIVER DAY
The Colorado River and its tributaries runs through seven states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) supplies drinking water for 40 million Americans. The river system irrigates 15% of our nation’s crops, and facilitates recreation that adds up to $26 billion annually and supports a quarter million American jobs.
According to the Department of Interior’s Colorado River Basin Study, demand on the river’s water now exceeds supply, and the imbalance will become larger in the next 50 years. The study concluded that the most cost effective and easily implementable way to address the imbalance is to improve urban and agricultural water conservation and similar measures that focus on efficiency and flexibility. On July 25, representatives from local and regional groups will come together in a unified movement to offer local solutions across the 7 basin states that will most efficiently resolve the predicted basin-wide gap in supply and demand.
Denver and many other Colorado cities rely on the river for our drinking water. About 61% of irrigated agriculture acreage in Colorado depends on the Colorado River. Recreation on the river and its tributaries results in nearly $10 billion in economic output annually and supports nearly 80,000 jobs in the state. www.ColoradoRiverDay.com
ELECTED OFFICIALS COLORADO WATER PLAN PLEDGE
In addition to the event in Denver 43 Colorado elected officials have signed THIS PLEDGE, urging Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado Water Conservation Board to tackle our water challenges with solutions that retain the economic value of our rivers. The state plan should:
- Identify investments in and improvements to irrigation infrastructure for more efficient agricultural water delivery, irrigation and reuse, and incentivize best practices and strategies to help sustain this foundational industry;
- Prioritizes municipal conservation, committing Colorado’s growing urban areas to reducing per capita municipal water use by 35 percent by 2050, which is the target set by the State Water Supply Initiative;
- Prioritizes modernizing and maximizing existing storage and delivery systems over new diversions that harm our rivers, in-stream flows, wildlife, and recreation economy;
- Recognizes that the health and viability of our rivers as natural and economic resources must be prioritized in water policy and management.