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Restore the Colorado River Delta
  • Petitioned Secretary Clinton and Secretary Salazar

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary Clinton and Secretary Salazar

Restore the Colorado River Delta

    1. Petition by

      Save The Colorado

Dear Friends!  The Colorado River needs your help!

For over a decade the Colorado River has no longer reached the Gulf of California – it is a travesty of environmental destruction where 5 trillion gallons of water have been drained out by cities and farms across the Southwest U.S. and Mexico.  Take a look at this photo of the dry Colorado River Delta:  http://tinyurl.com/drydelta

But now there’s an opportunity to get water back in the river and begin restoring the Colorado River Delta and its wetlands, culture, and economy.  Your voice can make a difference!

Over the next few months, the United States and Mexico are negotiating a shared agreement so that a small amount of Colorado River water can once again reach the Gulf and help restore the wildlife and economy of this important region.  This agreement will respect the rights of all water users, respect the heritage of U.S.-Mexico border relations, and create an extraordinary opportunity to restore the ecology of the Colorado River Delta.

The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is being negotiated by the U.S. State Department and will be administered by the U.S. Dept. of Interior.  Therefore, Secretary Hillary Clinton (State Dept.) and Secretary Ken Salazar (Interior Dept.) need to hear from you soon. 

Thank you!  

The following conservation organizations ask for your signature and support:  Save the Colorado, Sierra Club – Rocky Mountain Chapter, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Living Rivers: Colorado Riverkeeper, The Environmental Group, Western Rivers Institute, Blue Legacy, The Ocean Foundation, Clean Water Fund, San Diego Coastkeeper, Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper, American Whitewater, Waterkeeper Alliance, Food and Water Watch, Colorado Ocean Coalition, Glen Canyon Institute, Save the Colorado River Delta: Sonoran Institute, Sheep Mountain Alliance, Grand Canyon Trust, American Rivers, Citizens for Dixie's Future, Great Basin Water Network, Redford Center: Red River Film, Planning and Conservation League, and Defenders of Wildlife.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Great story in last weekend's San Diego Union Tribune!

      "Special report: Water supplies pass tipping point"

    3. Great editorial in the LA Times by Sandra Postel!

      Great editorial in the LA Times by Sandra Postel! Thank you, Sandra!

    4. Great editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune by Alexandra Cousteau!

      Great editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune by Alexandra Cousteau! Thank you, Alexandra!

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Thank You Osprey Packs!

      Great post today on the Osprey Packs blog about the Colorado River Delta and this petition. http://blog.ospreypacks.com/?p=7874

    7. Colorado River Delta editorial in the New York Times!

      Jon Waterman, world famous writer and adventurer, had an awesome editorial in the New York Times on February 14th about the dry Colorado River Delta. Take a look: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/opinion/where-the-colorado-river-runs-dry.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

    8. Thank you, Clif Bar!

      A big Thank You to Clif Bar for posting on your facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/clifbar

    9. Great HuffingtonPost blog!

      Huffington Post printed a great blog about this petition. Please take a read, share with your friends, and help us restore the Colorado River Delta! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-wockner/colorado-river-restoration_b_1240221.html

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. Thank You, Teva Shoes!

      A Big Thank You to Teva Shoes for posting the petition on their Facebook page. Go Teva!

    12. Thank You Planning and Conservation League

      Thank you Planning and Conservation League of California for signing on to the petition!

    13. Thank You New Belgium Brewing!

      Thank you New Belgium Brewing for posting the petition on your facebook page!

    14. Reached 2,000 signatures
    15. Thank You Redford Center: Red River Film!

      A Big Thank You to the 24th (!) organization to sign on to coalition to restore water to the Colorado River Delta -- The Redford Center: Red River Film. These great folks are making a film about the Colorado River and will donate money to a worthy cause to restore the river. Thank you Redford Center -- we look forward to the film!!

    16. Thank You Great Basin Water Network!

      Thank you Great Basin Water Network for signing on to the petition to restore flow to the Colorado River Delta. You are the 23rd group to sign on!

    17. Thank You Save The Poudre!

      Thank You Save the Poudre for emailing your supporters and posting on facebook! We all use the Colorado River from top to bottom -- from Fort Collins to San Diego and beyond -- and we can all make a small but amazing difference in protecting it.

    18. Thank you Citizens for Dixie's Future!

      Thank you Citizens for Dixie's Future for joining the coalition to restore flows to the Colorado River Delta!

    19. Thank you Defenders of Wildlife!

      We welcome Defenders of Wildlife aboard our coalition to restore flows to the Colorado River Delta. That makes 21 groups!

    20. Thank you Ecowatch!

      A big Thank You to Ecowatch, the environmental news source that has teamed up with Waterkeeper Alliance to offer green news to the American public. Thank you Ecowatch for posting the petition!

    21. More Thank Yous!

      Thank you to Glen Canyon Institute and Stop Gross Dam for posting to your friends!

    22. Reached 1,500 signatures
    23. Thank you Grand Canyon Trust!

      Thank you Grand Canyon Trust for posting and tweeting about this petition!

    24. Thank You American Rivers!

      Thank you American Rivers for signing on to the effort at the national level! You are the 20th group to sign on!


    Reasons for signing

    • Chance Rearden WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we can't keep spreading out, we can't support unbridled growth, without the resources to do so. If the resources aren't there, then it's not okay to damage the eco-system of one region for the other. Desalinization should have expanded decades ago, when it was more affordable. However a lack of hindsight isn't a reason to destroy the Colorado River's eco-system either.

      Thank you, Chance

    • Maggie Olson HELENA, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it is critical that we move to restore this vital ecosystem. I care about the water, air, people and their way of life.

    • Joshua Miller TOPEKA, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      Just fightin' Evil over here.

    • Mike Bushaw DAYTON, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I want to retire and live out there.

    • Maria Ho-Fung TUCSON, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Because water is finite and is needed by everyone. It is love and it is life.


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