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Monday, September 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Colorado River Pulse Flow: Our Extraordinary Song of Renewal - FREE ADMISSION

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The Colorado River has been virtually nonexistent in Mexico since the 1960's. In the last 50 years, only on rare occasions has the Colorado River met the sea (Gulf of California). In May of 2014, as a result of a historic bi-national agreement between Mexico, the United States, and environmental groups, a pulse flow of approximately .7% of the total annual flow of the Colorado River was released from Morelos Dam to the dead Colorado River in Mexico. The goal of the pulse flow was to restore the Colorado River Delta by mimicking the way the River flowed when there were no dams in the Colorado River. What happened next has become probably one of the most inspiring sustainability stories of the decade: a vibrant, majestic Colorado River resuscitated, and cross-national economic vitality on the rise as a direct result of reclaiming our rich natural heritage. The pulse flow showed how all Colorado River water users – from the headwaters in the US to the Delta in Mexico - are connected, and how charismatic this River is. This is a story that needs to be told, and this remarkable initiative needs to continue. Reconnecting the River to the sea is the story of reclaiming our humanity by truly reconnecting ourselves with the wonder and promise of life.

Jennifer Pitt (Environmental Defense Fund); Karen Schlatter (Sonoran Institute); Nancy Saldaña (San Luis Rio Colorado); Jorge Figueroa (Western Resource Advocates); Kendra Sandoval (Sandoval & Sandoval).



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Jorge Figueroa

Mr. Figueroa joined Western Resource Advocates in 2010 and has local and international project management and organizing experience in the United States, Central and South America, and India. He served as a Project Associate/Research Faculty Member for the Governors' Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India where he worked on wildlife, community governance... Read More →
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Jennifer Pitt

Jennifer Pitt manages EDF’s efforts on the Colorado River, to protect and restore the delta and reform water policy throughout the basin. She works with water users throughout the Colorado River Basin to develop practical programs to restore river habitats and, critically, to dedicate water to environmental resources. Jennifer's expertise includes the legal and policy framework for Colorado River management, the economics of water use... Read More →
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Kendra Sandoval

Kendra Sandoval Principal of Sandoval & Sandoval LLC and native Denver Latina, has 18 years of experience organizing national, regional, and local community stakeholders using models, which support federal, state, and local mandates. Reflecting her deep commitment to triple bottom-line values, she specializes in bridging the gap among policy, sustainability, and community.  Her tactical experience includes business model... Read More →
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Karen Schlatter

Karen is a Project Manager for the Colorado River Delta Program with over three years of experience working in the Delta. She manages riparian restoration projects, conducts ecological monitoring and research, and provides program support in communications and fundraising. She is currently working to obtain her M.S. degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, focusing her research on ecological restoration. Prior... Read More →


Monday September 15, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Dairy Center for the Arts, The Boedecker Theater 26th & Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80302

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