Colorado

Rio Grande del Norte. Photo by Irene Owsley

Rio Grande del Norte. Photo by Irene Owsley

13
Feb
2017

Environmental Justice in Colorado’s Conejos Land Grant Region

by Justin Garoutte, Executive Director of Conejos Clean Water Category: , ,

Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of  The Moore Charitable Foundation are proud to partner with Conejos Clean Water. It’s another morning in southern Colorado’s Conejos Land Grant Region, a region that has seen more sweat and tears than I will ever know, a region with so much promise, resiliency and aspirations for a brighter future. I walk the aching streets of Antonito, and the warm Colorado sun spreads its blessings upon the adobe houses, houses that were once homes, some that still are, holding on in a town whose heart beats slow and steady for its people, our culture and the land, air and water that give us life. If you walk around town long enough, you’ll eventually find Conejos Clean Water, a grassroots organization, now it its seventh year. Conejos Clean Water came about in 2010 though a struggle for environmental justice when radioactive, hazardous nuclear waste was to be transferred at a site just south of town, right next to the San Antonio River that provides life for our people. We won that... read more +

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BGCSLV connects kids to the many environmental wonders of the San Luis Valley

5
Dec
2016

How a San Luis Valley club is helping youth connect to their local environment and impact the future of conservation

by Chris Lopez, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley Category: ,

A group of 50 or so kids are on a pedestrian bridge that connects the east-west dykes of the Rio Grande River as it flows through Alamosa, Colorado. The kids are standing on the bridge looking south and hearing how the river flows to deliver water into neighboring New Mexico and eventually into Mexico at the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez border, just 460 miles away. It’s nearing the end of summer and the mountains that surround the San Luis Valley are bare of snow. Generally, the mountains of the Valley are snow-capped beginning around November and continue to keep some snow cover through the spring runoff and into the heat of the summer. By August, though, when the kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley are on their twice-a-week nature walk, the snow has melted completely and the mountains that surround look naked, albeit still inviting. On this day the youth members of Boys & Girls Clubs are learning how the river that they see every day flows. Standing on the bridge looking south helps... read more +

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17
Oct
2016

Conservation Easements: Keeping Colorado, Colorado

by Amanda Barker, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Category: , ,

Colorado has a rich, proud heritage of working landscapes. Our productive farms, ranches, and abundant natural resources stretch from our prairie vistas to our mountain peaks. Coloradans – natives and newcomers, alike – are proud of our lands and we overwhelmingly support protecting them. These working lands have drawn people to Colorado for hundreds of years and they will continue to do so for many years to come. But our state’s continued growth has led to an important balancing act between development and maintaining what makes Colorado, Colorado. As Coloradans know, our state continues to grow. By 2050, the population is expected to exceed 9 million, nearly doubling the current number of residents and putting more pressure on our land and water. These pressures threaten the viability of our farms and ranches as well as iconic landscapes and scenic places. We see those threats becoming realities as family farms and ranches are sold into development, or lost due to financial hardships. There are, however, tools to protect our lands and our heritage. One of those tools is the... read more +

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1
Aug
2016

Six Ways Save The Colorado River is Saving the Colorado River, Right Now

by Gary Wockner, PhD, Executive Director, Save The Colorado River Campaign Category:

The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the Southwest. From Denver to San Diego, the entire region lives off its water, slurped out in unsustainable ways from top to bottom. The two big reservoirs in the system, Lakes Mead and Powell, have shrunk to their combined lowest level in history. Further, that slurping has endangered fish, severely depleted river flows, and drained the Colorado River bone dry – all 5 trillion gallons are drained out before the river meets the Gulf of California. Here are six ways that Save The Colorado is turning back this tide and working to not just protect, but restore, the Colorado River. We support stopping all new proposed dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries. Even though the river system is in severe decline, more dams and diversions are planned along the river in Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. We oppose these new dams and diversions and are prepared to fight to stop them in court. We support dramatically ramping up water conservation programs in cities across the... read more +

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6
Dec
2015

Salazar: A Passion for Conservation

by Ken Salazar Category: ,

When I first ran for public office, I adopted as my campaign theme, “Fighting for Colorado’s Land, Water and People.” Genuinely rooted in my life experiences, working on a farm and cattle ranch, laboring in the outdoors built the foundation of those core values and became a major focus throughout my career. It has led to inspiring experiences and taught me great and humbling lessons. I have spent a lifetime working to protect America’s legacy in conservation, recreation, and preservation. In my time as Secretary of the Interior, United States Senator, Colorado Attorney General, Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and in the creation of Great Outdoors Colorado, I have attempted to make the case that jobs and economic development are supported by conservation efforts, open and working lands – our great outdoors. Indeed, outdoor recreation and preservation account for millions of jobs in the United States. As Americans, we should all be proud of the legacy given to us by President Theodore Roosevelt and many others who have made the United States the conservation leader... read more +