COLORADO RIVER DAY in FLAGSTAFF
July 25, here 2014
“One Basin, 7 States, Local Solutions”
Theme of 3rd Annual Colorado River Day
Flagstaff, AZ – July 25 marks the 93nd anniversary of the day the Colorado River was officially re-named from the “Grand” to the “Colorado.” Flagstaff 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, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 am Mountain Standard Time
WHERE: High County Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Ave., Flagstaff
WHAT: Continental Breakfast Roundtable
Nuestro Rio and Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta will lead a breakfast roundtable on water conservation issues in Arizona and the connected effort to solve similar water challenges throughout the Colorado River basin.
• Clint Chandler, Sen. Flake’s Office, on federal perspective of issues facing Arizona Water
• Central Arizona Project (CAP), River Programs Manager, on when the expected shortage will be hitting and what that means for the Arizona
• Remarks from Water Directors from the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe about water conservation issues facing tribal nations in Arizona and their plans to meet the challenges
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Coconino County legislators, local elected officials and other Flagstaff area leaders are invited.
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.
In Arizona, the vast majority of the state depends on the Colorado River for drinking water, and 85% of Arizona’s irrigated agricultural land depends on the river. Recreation on the Colorado River system in Arizona results in nearly $6 billion in economic output annually and supports nearly 54,000 jobs in the state. www.ColoradoRiverDay.com
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