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Colorado River Day Focused on Conservation, Education

Colorado River supports millions of people in Nevada and several other Western states. Courtesy: NASA
Colorado River supports millions of people in Nevada and several other Western states. Courtesy: NASA
July 24, 2015

LAS VEGAS - As part of Colorado River Day on Saturday, some young people in Nevada are calling on Gov. Brian Sandoval to continue his support for policies that will help ensure the survival of the Colorado River.

Maria-Theresa Liebermann, coordinator of the Latino advocacy group Nuestro Rio, said her organization is releasing a video featuring youth volunteers interviewing a public information officer at the Southern Nevada Water Authority about conservation successes.

"They were able to see how in the past few years, because of the steps taken by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, they have been able to reduce water usage as the population has grown," she said.

The Water Authority reports that it captures and reuses more than 90 percent of all indoor water. The Colorado River has endured more than a decade of drought, leaving water levels at its two primary reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, at historic lows.

Colorado River Day marks the 94th anniversary of the Grand River being renamed the Colorado.

Liebermann said educating young people about the enormous challenges facing the river is critical for future generations.

"And so you need to have the generation that will be severely affected by a lack of water advocating for finding solutions now, states taking relief now, as opposed to waiting for it to just keep getting worse," she said.

The Colorado River supports human life, wildlife, agriculture and recreation in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Nuestro Rio is online at nuestrorio.com.

Mike Clifford/Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV