Wash Post article The drought will change the water temp, and cities will need alternative power and water. So we will need to plant trees, stop the logging of forests upstream, and conserve water. Also, we need to switch to local water and local, publically- owned electric power utilities , as the for-profit utilities often gouge their customers and delay efforts to switch to renewables .
NPR article And the natural gas plants also use the same amount of water as coal plants. And the amount of water in the west is sharply falling. Thee is a 1000 year drought in some parts of the west. The Colorado River is drying up.
11 minute film interview.“Mark, first I think it’s important that one fall in love.” "About this moment, Mark said, “As soon as he said that I realized- ah ha! I had fallen in love! I had no choice after that.”
It led to the understanding that we can’t make a difference simply from our intellects. As Mark put it, “Once our heart is open, then the other attributes of conscious activism come into play. But the first step is falling in love. The rest flows from there.”We all get gifted the life we have, and coming to the river just opened my doors of perception. It opened up worlds, realms, took me a long while to really see because my education didn’t have language for the miracle I got to be exposed to. So the river very, very slowly just kept drawing me in deeper and deeper. And I just watched the smiles; everyone smiles, and we see everyone smiling - on the river I watched people smiling more profoundly, deeply.
There was something about being in the magic of the river and the grandeur of these limestone cliffs in the Sierra Nevadas, and the beauty of wildflowers here and there. It was a miracle everyone time we turned around. Even if it took me fifty times going down the river before I started to see it, because I was trained not to see this way. So I amputated my seeing unconsciously, and the river just slowly woke me up to slowly remember to see the miracle that is everywhere.
KGNU radio interviewed Will Falk, who has sued on behalf of the Colorado River in order to protect it from pollution, and diversion for oil and gas fracking and industrial agriculture. The Colorado River is suing the state of Colorado in Federal court this month in Denver. This the KGNU interview with Will Falk that aired on 11-7-17 https://www.kgnu.org/apublicaffair/11/8/2017 . You need to skip to 25 minutes into the interview, as the first half hour is about something else. It's a whole hour, starting at 8:35, but the interview with Falk starts around 9:00. Here are 3 articles by Will Falk about the Colorado River and the rights of nature. https://catalystmagazine.net/rights-nature-movement https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/09/why-does-the-colorado-river-need-to-sue-for-rights https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/10/the-rights-of-nature-and-the-power-of-law Here is a link to the Boulder Rights of Nature group: http://boulderrightsofnature.org/resources/action-alerts