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Rally for the Rivers

What: Rally for the Rivers

Who: Sportsmen, hikers, campers, rafters, kayakers, wildlife enthusiasts-anyone who cares about our state’s rivers and outdoor quality of life.

Why: To ask EPA administrators to use their authority to protect the Upper Colorado River system from expanded water diversions such as Windy Gap and Moffat.

Where: EPA building, corner of Wynkoop and 16th in downtown Denver (just south of Union Station building).

When: From noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26

Speakers will begin around 12:20. Speakers include: Sinjin Eberle, president, Colorado Trout Unlimited; Kirk Deeter, editor-at-large, Field and Stream magazine; Jon Kahn, owner, Confluence Kayaks

River enthusiasts are invited to Denver rally

Colorado is facing a momentous regulatory decision that could determine the fate of a namesake river. In a matter of weeks, the EPA and other federal regulators will decide how to protect the Upper Colorado River from potentially devastating impacts of a proposed water project that threatens to reduce the Colorado River’s flows to less than 20 percent of its historic levels.

As currently proposed, the Windy Gap Firming Project fails to include measures that will keep the Colorado cold, clean and healthy below Windy Gap – a stretch of the Colorado River that sustains local agriculture, mountain communities, and a thriving recreation economy. Through a rally, Trout Unlimited hopes to convey to decision-makers at the state and federal levels that Coloradans care deeply about our rivers and support policies that balance development with resource protection. Our healthy, free-flowing rivers are a source of pride for Coloradans – it’s why we live here.

“This is a moment of truth for our state,” said Sinjin Eberle, president of Colorado Trout Unlimited, a sportsmen’s group that is helping to organize the event. “Unless the Upper Colorado receives stronger protections than currently proposed, this once-mighty river faces a long, continued decline-and a potential ecological collapse. Once these rivers are gone-they’re gone. Colorado is our home – these places are ours – and we want them protected.”

“The health of the Colorado River is critical to the health of Colorado’s recreation and tourism economy,” said Kirk Deeter, editor-at-large for Field and Stream magazine, who will speak at the rally. “We must keep our rivers flowing and alive-or we’ll be killing what makes Colorado special.”

For more background, go to http://www.DefendTheColorado.org


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