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Young Leaders Gather to Protect Colorado River

PHOTO: This week marks Latino Conservation Week, and youth leaders from Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico are preparing to gather in Denver to protect the Colorado River. The river contributes $1.4 trillion in economic activity, and two million jobs in Colorado. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
PHOTO: This week marks Latino Conservation Week, and youth leaders from Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico are preparing to gather in Denver to protect the Colorado River. The river contributes $1.4 trillion in economic activity, and two million jobs in Colorado. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
July 16, 2015

DENVER – Summer vacation means rolling up sleeves to protect the Colorado River for 25 Native American and Latino youth from five western states, including Colorado.

They're part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Spanish. On the heels of Latino Conservation Week, the group is gathering in Denver next week to learn more about protecting the Colorado River from mismanagement and overuse. Greg Webb is director of Nuestro Rio's youth program.

"These young people are answering the call to serve," says Webb. "It's a thread that runs richly through Native American tradition, and it's a thread that runs deeply in the Latino and Hispanic tradition as well."

The Denver event launches a year-long campaign to raise awareness by amplifying youth voices on the importance of preserving the Colorado River and its tributaries. Efforts by last year's class of leaders produced the first-ever Lower Colorado Region Youth Council at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This year's cohort will present the case for water conservation at conferences, with their peers, and in meetings with local, state and national policy makers. Webb says the group will also illustrate how protecting the river makes good business sense.

"If you're looking at the Colorado River in terms of dollars and cents, it contributes $1.4 trillion in economic activity, and two million jobs in Colorado alone," says Webb.

He's referring to a report commissioned by the industry group Protect the Flows. The study also found 59 percent of Colorado's Gross State Product, and more than $115 billion in worker's income, is dependent on the Colorado River.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO