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Audubon’s Jennifer Pitt Honored with Leadership Award for Colorado River Work

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Audubon’s Colorado River Program Director Jennifer Pitt will receive an award for her leadership on the Colorado River this weekend. Water Education Colorado named her the 2019 recipient of the Diane Hoppe Leadership award (see here). This is an annual award bestowed on a Coloradan who has a body of work in the field of […]

International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River

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Between southern Arizona in the United States and northern Sonora in Mexico, there is a shared piece of infrastructure failing to do its job. The International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) is a massive pipe that carries wastewater (sewage) from Nogales, Sonora in Mexico and Nogales, Arizona in the United States to a wastewater treatment plant in […]

Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Signed into Law Averting Potentially Catastrophic Outcomes for People and Birds

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WASHINGTON—“More than 400 bird species and 36 million people rely on the Colorado River. Studies show that as temperatures continue to rise, the Colorado River and the rivers that feed it will become even more important for people and for birds like the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Great Blue Heron,” said David Yarnold, President and CEO […]

Man Leaps Into Freezing River To Save A Drowning Bear

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Earlier this month, when Elijah Barkley headed out on a fishing trip with some friends and family in West Virginia, he never imagined that he’d end up saving a life. But that’s exactly what he did. Credit: Elijah Barkley While traveling back to camp from the river, Barkley was stopped by a forest ranger accompanied […]

Outdoor Recreation Along Arizona’s Waterways is a $13.5 Billion Industry, Ranked Higher than Golf and Mining, New Report Says

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Arizona’s waterways, enjoyed by more than 1.5 million residents each year, contribute $13.5 billion to the state’s economy and support 114,000 jobs, according to a new report released by Audubon Arizona. The study was completed with guidance from business, civic, governmental, outdoor recreation, conservation and tourism representatives and conducted by economics research firm Southwick Associates. […]

A Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is in Place—Now What?

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The Colorado River has been in the news a lot lately. This “hardest working river” just got a lifeline with the recent adoption of a seven state agreement called the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). In the midst of a two-decade drought, the DCP creates new rules for water sharing in times of shortage. While this […]

The Exceptional Christmas Bird Counts on Great Salt Lake

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“There is a stripy chicken-like bird back here, holding its neck up and waving it around!” said an exuberant first-time Christmas Bird Count participant. The unconventional description was good enough for us to know exactly what she had seen: an American Bittern, which turned out to be the “bird of the day” for this specific […]

Bird Abundance and Diversity Increase in Colorado River Delta after Pulse Flow

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Late in 2012, the United States and Mexico made a bold move by adopting Minute 319, an innovative agreement to change how Colorado River water is managed at the border. Included were provisions to share Colorado River water surpluses and shortages, and to incentivize water conservation (especially keeping more water in Lake Mead). These measures […]

What happened in Vegas? When it comes to water, this doesn’t stay in Vegas

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Coming off the Colorado River Water Users Association conference in Las Vegas, southwest states have been issued a new deadline to complete the Drought Contingency Plan; otherwise, the federal government will step in. Remember, this Drought Contingency Plan is a suite of agreements detailing proactive actions designed to reduce water use to stave off precipitous […]

On Hope, Birds, and Tacos

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***On Thursday, 12 ,. 6 (12p.m. MT/11a.m. PT), we are hosting a Web seminar on the Binational Collaboration to revive the Colorado River Delta. To find out more and to enroll in the Web seminar, click here.*** Lately, our Audubon Western Water team traveled over the Mexican border to go to the Colorado River Delta […]