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New Release from the CRRG – “Prioritizing Management and Protection of the Colorado River’s Environmental Resources”

This publication is the Colorado River Research Guide’s first statement focused specifically on the river’s environmental condition, and is anchored by the observation that the Colorado is a river, and not merely a plumbing system, and that “the natural assets of the Colorado River should be given equal footing with other uses in decisions about river management.”  Of course, this has rarely been the case either historically or in the present despite the tremendous public affinity for the natural values of the river system.

Beyond this general principle, the document also touches on two of the factors that limit the effectiveness of the big environmental programs that exist in the basin: namely, that they are often founded on incompatible and unrealistic objectives, and that they are discrete programs—an “incomplete patchwork of largely uncoordinated efforts.”  While acknowledging constraints in law, funding, and tradition, we see ample room to achieve better (and more cost-effective) results in environmental protection guided by a “basin-wide scale environmental vision.”

Read the publication here.

February 22, 2016

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