Rescuing Colorado's rivers

The rivers of Colorado have a new advocate. The nonprofit Colorado Rivers Alliance aims to protect and restore Colorado's rivers and hopes to gain members from all streams of life, including environmentalists, farmers and politicians. Although the group's mission is broad, it has more specific intentions as well, such as re-establishing riparian corridors and ensuring adequate instream flows. Executive director Nancy Jacques founded Friends of the Animas River in 1993, but soon realized that the rest of Colorado's waterways needed attention as well. Jacques is the only full-time staff member and is paid by grants from the American Whitewater Affiliation and River Network, a national organization that assists river groups. Founding board members include Gary Sprung, executive director of the High Country Citizens Alliance, and Gary Kimsey, founder of Friends of the Poudre in northern Colorado. The alliance just published the first edition of its eight-page newsletter, Confluence, which includes a report on "takings' bills in the state legislature. Confluence will be published once more this year, then on a quarterly basis. For more information, contact the alliance at Box 4054, Durango, CO 81302 (970/259-3209).