Letter: River health is vital to our health

Editor:

On July 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. The witnesses at the hearing testified that the current demand on the Colorado River is growing and current water use practices are unsustainable.

The Colorado River Basin is the lifeblood of the Western United States, providing water to over 40 million people. The river also provides habitat for 30 different species of fish and $26 billion in recreational economy. During this week's hearing Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado acknowledged the need for increases in water conservation, recycling, and reuse, and all of the witnesses emphasized the importance of collaboration among stakeholders.

The health of our rivers is vital to our communities and wildlife. Audubon's newly launched multi-state Western Rivers Action Network is working to promote healthy rivers for our health and the health of our environment. Please support our WRAN efforts to work together to protect and conserve our rivers.

Matthew Crozier

Cornville

Northern Arizona Audubon Society

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