March 2009

Top Stories

Women [and Girls] Water Work

Each year, Women’s History Month is celebrated throughout this country in March. The first public celebration of women's history in the U.S. was 1978 as Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month.

Water History

Rachel Carson—Mother to Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Water Act

Marine biologist, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, calling attention to the threat of toxic chemicals to people and the environment.  Yet in a letter to The New Yorker protesting the publication of her book, the following was written:

Water Law

EPA Born Nearly 40 Years Ago

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was born in 1970--a time when rivers caught fire and cities were hidden under dense clouds of smoke. As taken from their website, the U.S.

Water Quality / Conservation

Veva Deheza--"The carrot approach"

Colorado does not have the same level of planning for water conservation as other states in the West. Utah, for example, has mandated conservation goals for municipalities, while Phoenix has directives to reduce the number of gallons consumed per capita.

People & Organizations

Doris Brennan—“I’ve never been sorry”

Local water icon, Doris Alene McDaniel Brennan, was born March 27, 1920 in a log cabin in Sunnyside (about 12 miles south of Durango). She and her family, including an older brother and a younger sister and brother, moved to Durango in 1921.

Linda Bassi—“Not by design”

When asked how she got in the water business, Linda Bassi, Section Chief of the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Stream and Lake Protection Program, stated, “Not by design.” Not withstanding, in a July 2008 interview, Bassi’s passion for the protec

Women of Water (WOW)

The non-profit organization, Women of Water (WOW), began in 2004 during the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

Current Events

New Film Honoring Rachel Carson

This year’s National Women’s History Month will honor Rachel Carson, the pioneer of the modern environmental movement, with more than 100 nationwide screenings of the newly released film, A Sense of Wonder.

Miscellaneous Facts

Growth Causes Collision Course

In regard to growth, Alice Walker, essayist, poet, novelist, and activist stated it succinctly, “Population decisions must, ultimately, be placed in the hands of women.” In Colorado alone, the population is expected to double with the addition of 5 million people in the next 50 years.

Don’t Forget to Donate to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

Please check-off a donation to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your Colorado 2008 income tax return. The Healthy Rivers Fund is totally funded by the tax check off option and is used for restoration projects around the state.