The State of Colorado expects that we will need as much as 1.3 million acre-feet of new water supply to accommodate anticipated growth by 2050. Proposed solutions look to the past, to the 19th century. This means more dams, more diversions, more engineering. It means more damaged, dewatered and diminished rivers.
In a world of climate change, less water and greater demands we need solutions that fit the 21st century, solutions that will work for the future, not the past.
The Western Rivers Institute was created out of frustration with how little Coloradoans know about the connection between rivers and water. Without public awareness of what is happening to our rivers there is little pressure and little reason to make any real change.
And most Coloradoans, even those who recreate and value our rivers know more about rainforests, whales and the lions of the Serengeti than they do about their own rivers and streams.
The Western Rivers Institute has accomplished a lot. We have reached thousands of people through programs,radio, writing, the internet, and public forums. We have worked with elected officials and staffers, many of whom know little or nothing about rivers and water in the west.
With your generous support The Western Rivers Institute can continue and even expand our work create the changes we need to start thinking like a river, to start seeing things whole, and acting on that vision.
The Western Rivers Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Donors do have the right to remain anonymous if they wish. Please help any way you can!
Thank you for your support!
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The Western Rivers Institute
PO Box 1029
Carbondale, CO 81623
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