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The 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card

Report Card 2012

The Colorado River Basin: Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability for the Next Generation

This 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card is titled The Colorado River Basin: Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability for the Next Generation. The sections of the Report Card include a summary of the Rockies Project Source to Sea trip, an investigation into the Colorado River's many diversions and uses, and an assessment of the "Law of the River," among many other topics.

The Rockies Project aims to inspire Report Card readers and Rockies events attendees to creatively contemplate, discuss, and engage in shaping the future of our beloved, beautiful, and fragile region-the Rocky Mountain West. Enjoy!

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Report Card Sections:

Front Cover, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents

An Introduction from the President - The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Research, Report, Engage!
Jill Tiefenthaler, President, Colorado College

Colorado College, The Rocky Mountain West, and The State of the Rockies Project
Walter E. Hecox, Project Director, State of the Rockies

Editors’ Preface
Walter E. Hecox, Project Director, State of the Rockies Project
Brendan P. Boepple, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project
Matthew C. Gottfried, Technical Liason, State of the Rockies Project

Kayaking from Source to Sea on the Colorado River: The Basin Up-Close and Personal
by Zak Podmore, Rockies Project Field Researcher with photos from Will Stauffer-Norris, Rockies Project Field Researcher

The Colorado River Basin: An Overview
The State of the Rockies Project Research Team

Demographics, Economy, and Agriculture Depend on Water Storage and Diversion: Is it a Zero Sum Game?
by Sally Hardin, State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher
Case Study: The Flaming Gorge Pipeline
Case Study: The Wellton-Mohawk District and the Cienega de Santa Clara

Laws of the Colorado River Basin: Obsolete or Flexible for a Sustainable Future?
by Warren King, State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher

Recreation in the Colorado River Basin: Is America’s Playground Under Threat?
by Ben Taber, State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher

Environment and Ecology of the Colorado River Basin
by Natalie Triedman, State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher
Case Study: The Tamarisk
Case Study: Quagga Mussels

The Colorado River Basin and Climate: Perfect Storm for the Twenty-First Century?
by Carson McMurray, State of the Rockies Project Student Researcher
Case Study: Dust on Snow
Case Study: Desalination

Managing the Colorado River Basin: An Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability
An Open Letter From the 2011-12 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Student Researchers

Additional Acknowledgements, and Contributors