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Arizona Edition: Saving the Colorado River

Arizona Edition

The threats to the Colorado River are many – climate change, overuse, invasive species, dozens of planned diversion projects, pollution – and that has motivated action up and down the river’s shores by a variety committed activists and regular people.

On this week’s Arizona Edition we talk with Gary Wockner, Executive Director and co-founder of the group SAVE THE COLORADO, out of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Wockner is one of an estimated 40 million people that rely on the Colorado River for municipal use in hundreds of communities in the river's upper and lower basin. The river also supplies water to irrigate nearly 5.5 million acres of farm land, is the lifeblood for at least 22 federally recognized Native American Tribes, and impacts the environments of seven National Wildlife Refuges, four National Recreation Areas, and 11 National Parks.

Wockner talks about the work of Save the Colorado, how the group keeps the fun in their work, and where he finds optimism amidst the dire predictions about the future of the river. 

More information about SAVE THE COLORADO

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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