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Latinos Call Attention to “Dangerously Low” Colorado River

April 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS – Drought, climate change and increased demand are three factors commonly blamed for low water levels in the Colorado River. And now, a Latino advocacy group made up of 13,000 people in several southwestern states is calling new attention to the problem.

Andres Ramirez, the Nevada coordinator for Nuestro Rio, says his group is convinced that more and better urban conservation is crucial to help replenish the Colorado. He points out that the river has lost as much as 35 percent of its available water in the last 12 years.

"For us, primarily yes, we care about increased protection of healthy water flows within the Colorado River. Here in Las Vegas, it doesn't very take much to drive out to Lake Meade over by Hoover Dam and see that the river has dropped about 100 feet."

Actions were held on Thursday in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Denver to call attention to the need for state and national policymakers to pay greater attention to water use issues.

Ramirez says the public may not think of conservation as a Latino priority - but when it comes to rivers, the link goes back hundreds of years.

"We want to ensure that people understand that the Latino community has long historical and cultural ties to the river - you know, for centuries. And we want to make sure that our voices are being heard as decisions are going to be made that will impact the long-term livelihood of the river."

At Thursday's events, a local Mariachi band debuted a song at the East Las Vegas Community Center, celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez and the work he did for migrant workers in the Colorado River basin. Ramirez says the song also serves as a call to action to protect the river.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV