Protect the Flows

July 28, 2015--Water plan wisely urges conservation (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Those of us not in the water business tend to think of Colorado’s water future in terms of deliverability — as in, is there enough water in our rivers and streams to satisfy downstream obligations and end users like cities and agriculture?


June 26, 2015--Colorado River shortage requires basin states to work together (Utah Public Radio)

The water level at Lake Mead reached a record low on Wednesday, forcing federal water managers to guide the level back above a crucial drought trigger point. Special interest groups are asking political leaders to work together to find ways to better manage water challenges in the West.


Study: Economics of the Colorado River

A new Arizona State University study commissioned by Protect the Flows and released in January 2015 revealed that hanging in the balance of the health of the Colorado River system are more than $1.4 trillion in economic activity, $871 billion in wages, and 16 million jobs. Put into perspective, an estimated 64.4 percent of the combined value of each Basin state’s output of goods and services could be lost if Colorado River water is no longer available to agriculture, businesses, industry, and  residences. The results breakdown by state as follows:


January 16, 2015--No Colorado River water for a year? Study details impacts to Utah, other basin states (Deseret News)

A new study touted as the first of its kind explores the financial perils to the region — and to each state in the Colorado River system — if the water ran dry for a full year.


December 25, 2013--Report connects decline in property values to projected drop in Colorado River level (Nevada Times)

A recent article appearing in the Mohave Valley Daily News states that a new report claims that property values could decline along with projected decreases in the level of the Colorado River, as demand on the river outpaces supply of water in it.


May 14, 2012--Study documents economic muscle of Colorado River (Colorado Independent)

The Colorado River provides much of the West with drinking water, water for crops and even water for fracking. In the end, though, it may be the non-consumptive use of recreation that is the river’s most important economic contribution to Colorado and the region.


May 4, 2012--Study: Colorado River generating money and jobs (Denver Post)

Recreation on the Colorado River and its tributaries contributes about $17 billion in direct spending annually to the economies of six of the states that depend on its water, according to a study released Friday.

February 4, 2012--Colorado River's fate gains ground in D.C. (Summit Daily)

When Zeke Hersh headed to Washington, D.C. for meetings on Monday and Tuesday, he wasn't sure what to expect. The owner of Frisco's Blue River Anglers joined a contingent of six who voiced the message of Protect the Flows, a brand-new, grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness of water supply and related jobs in the Colorado River system — from the headwaters to the delta.


July 27, 2011--Business coalition speaks for recreation in region’s water (Crested Butte News)

A new coalition of businesses is reminding lawmakers that a healthy Colorado River is vital to healthy business. Protect the Flows represents 250 businesses from the river’s seven basin states, including nearly 100 businesses from Colorado. Protect the Flows met with U.S.


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