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NV Latino Voter Poll: 90% Support River Protection

PHOTO: Organizers are pointing to Cesar Chavezís long ties to the Colorado River, in announcing the results of a new Nevada Latino voter poll that shows wide support for protecting local rivers.
PHOTO: Organizers are pointing to Cesar Chavezís long ties to the Colorado River, in announcing the results of a new Nevada Latino voter poll that shows wide support for protecting local rivers.
October 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Organizers are pointing to Cesar Chavez's long ties to the Colorado River in announcing the results of a new Nevada Latino voter poll that shows wide support for protecting local rivers. Andres Ramirez is Nevada director for Nuestro Rio. He says this new poll shows that 90 percent of Nevada Latino voters want the government to be involved in supporting protections for community lakes and rivers, both for recreation and the good of the environment.

"We polled 400 Latino voters in Nevada, and it says overwhelmingly that we need to protect the Colorado River in Nevada, and one of the best ways that we can do it is by conserving usage of water."

Ramirez underscored that last point, noting that 80 percent of the Nevada Latinos polled favored conservation as the best course of action. He said his group is urging Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to implement urban conservation and farm efficiency measures to help protect the Colorado River.

The poll was released Wednesday afternoon at an event cosponsored by the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Ramirez says the Chavez family home is along the Colorado - a river that runs through Latino culture and nourishes their lives.

"If there's no Colorado River, there's no irrigation; and if there's no irrigation, there's no farmlands; and if there's no farmlands, there's no farm workers and therefore no farm worker movement. Those things go hand-in-hand with each other."

Ramirez says the timing of the poll is also important, because next month the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study is scheduled for release. It looks at strategies to balance the growing demands on the Colorado River. That study is being conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation, a branch of the Interior Department.

The poll was conducted Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2012.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV