Save the United States’ Most Threatened River

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Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Improve watershed management in the Colorado River basin

According to the American Rivers organization, the Colorado River is the most endangered river in the United States. American Rivers has released its “Most Endangered Rivers” report annually for the last 20 years. The Colorado River begins in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at La Poudre Pass Lake, and winds through the deserts of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and northern Mexico before ending at the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez). Tens of millions of individuals living in these deserts, as well as those in New Mexico and Wyoming, depend on the Colorado as a vital lifeline, as do countless species of plants and animals. The river provides drinking water, irrigation for food crops, and a source of boating transportation for both trade and leisure. It is also a beloved natural landmark within the Grand Canyon and a source of hydroelectric power.

American Rivers has helped to restore over 150,000 miles of river over the last forty years, including the Hoback River in Wyoming and the White Salmon and Elwa Rivers in Washington. In its investigation of the Colorado River, the organization blames rapid drying on overuse and 100 years of poor water management policies. Members of the group anticipate droughts throughout the Colorado River basin this summer, and they encourage national leaders to make serious changes to management of the river’s watershed. They implore the Obama administration to invest in new water conservation technologies. Help American Rivers by urging President Obama to update water management policies in the Colorado River basin.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

According to the American Rivers organization, the Colorado River is the most endangered river in the United States. American Rivers has released its annual report on river health, entitled “America’s Most Endangered Rivers,” for the last 20 years. The organization is considered an expert source on the topic of river health, having saved over 150,000 miles of endangered rivers through its efforts over the last 40 years.

American Rivers blames poor watershed management for the rapid drying of the Colorado River. The management plan for the entire southwest region has seen little technological improvement over the last century.

This policy will be devastating to the region if no action is taken. Not only is the Colorado responsible for the Grand Canyon, a beloved American landmark, but it also provides water for tens of millions of citizens and countless species of plants and animals. I urge you to update watershed management policies in the Colorado River basin immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Adrille via Wikimedia Commons

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