Thanks to the Wal­ton fam­ily for help­ing pro­tect Colorado River

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: An­drea J. Grant,

“Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion pledges $20 mil­lion to Colorado River con­ser­va­tion,” June 26 news story (on­line only).

There is noth­ing more im­por­tant and pre­cious to Colorado and the West than our Colorado River. With­out it noth­ing much can be sus­tained — life, eco­nom­ics, com­mu­ni­ties, wildlife, etc.

A big shout-out to the Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion for step­ping up with mil­lions to help pro­tect this vi­tal re­source. This is crit­i­cal as our fed­eral gov­ern­ment shirks its re­spon­si­bil­ity to help pro­tect the ma­jor river flow­ing through the West.

It’s im­per­a­tive we fully fund and im­ple­ment the Colorado Wa­ter Plan to pro­tect the Colorado River for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. This plan sets out an eq­ui­table sys­tem for each re­gion to con­sider its im­pacts on our wa­ter sup­ply and work to­gether so the whole state can thrive. Pres­sures from pop­u­la­tion growth and cli­mate change mean there will be less wa­ter in the fu­ture. Let’s rise to our chal­lenge and plan so fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can grow and en­joy our beau­ti­ful state. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our purposes only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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