Feds, States, Tribes Meet to Discuss Future of Colorado River, Nation’s Most Endangered RiverMay 28th, 2013
Washington – Just over a month after American Rivers named the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the nation for 2013, representatives from the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation, seven Colorado River basin states, and Ten Tribes Partnership are meeting today to discuss next steps for basin water supply.
Matt Niemerski, director of western water policy for American Rivers, made the following statement:
“With demand for Colorado River water exceeding supply, now is the time for action. The water supply for 36 million people, irrigation for 15 percent of the nation’s crops, a $26 billion recreation economy, and the health of an iconic river is at stake.”
“We hope the dialogue under way today will make progress toward practical and economic solutions like more efficient use of existing urban water supplies, reuse of waste water, better watershed management, improved agricultural techniques, and innovative management tools such as water banks. These solutions are within reach and are cheaper, faster, and more reliable than costly schemes like new pipelines and reservoirs.”
On April 17, American Rivers and partners including Nuestro Rio, Protect the Flows, and the National Young Farmers Coalition named the Colorado River the nation’s Most Endangered River. The 2013 America’s Most Endangered Rivers report called on Congress to fund programs that encourage 21st century water management, while protecting rivers and the people, communities, and wildlife they support across the Colorado Basin.