Colorado River: Most Endangered River 2013

Fraser River: protect it, Denver Water

American Rivers today announced its annual list of Most Endangered Rivers, and No. 1 on the list was the Colorado River.  From source to sea, the once-mighty Colorado has been hammered and depleted by diversions, outdated water management, and drought. That's the bad news. As American Rivers points out, the good news is that better water management and collaboration can go a long way toward keeping the Colorado healthy and protecting the magnificent fisheries found along much of the river. A prime example is what's happening on the Fraser River, a key tributary of the Upper Colorado near the headwaters.  Denver Water has been taking some 60 percent of the flows of Fraser for urban water supply (about half of that goes to outdoor landscaping), and they now have a proposal to expand their Moffat pipeline to take 15 percent more of flows. Trout Unlimited has been working for years to persuade Denver Water to add more river protections into the project--but so far, DW hasn't agreed to provide for healthy flows and fish.  Here's where you come in: Tell Denver Water that you care. That could make a real difference in persuading Denver Water that they need to go above and beyond to protect the river, an irreplaceable resource that sustains not only fish and wildlife but vibrant mountain communities and a booming recreation economy. Sign this petition calling on Denver Water to step up and finish the job of protecting the Fraser River--we're up to 2,500 signatures and counting.  It's one way you can make a difference and help take the Colorado and its tributaries off the endangered list.      


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