When you think about the Colorado River, it's likely in connection with one of the nine national parks and recreation areas defined by the river, including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
These natural wonders also spur economic success. For the last forty years, counties beside national parks in the Colorado River basin have outperformed the nation 3-7 times in terms of population growth, employment growth and per capita income.
The Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Demand and Supply study, potential water demand and supply scenarios for the Colorado River basin through 2060, is crucial to understanding the future for cities, agriculture, hydropower, recreation and the environment of the basin. Yet the basin's national parks received inadequate representation.
Our national parks must be an important part of Colorado River management future discussions. Let your voice be heard before the public comment period April 19 deadline. Attend a public meeting March 25, 1-4 p.m., Utah Division of Water Resources.
Southwest regional director
National Parks Conservation Association
Salt Lake City