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Expedition Down the Colorado: A Summer Exploring the Water Issues of the Southwest’s Great River


Richard F. Celeste Theatre
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. (map)



Three Colorado College graduates and State of the Rockies Project expedition members will speak about their "Down the Colorado" expedition from this past summer. The three explorers, Zak Podmore ’11, Will Stauffer-Norris ’11, and David Spiegel ’12 will recap their journey on the Colorado River from Rocky Mountain National Park to Lake Mead through a multimedia presentation detailing their experiences. Their journey ran from mid-June to early September 2012 and included some of the best whitewater in the country, a trip across Lake Powell on a solar powered raft, and daily water quality tests to monitor the river. The expedition’s goal was to engage the river’s stakeholders throughout the watershed while also raising awareness of water issues by educating the general public. Through dozens of interviews and hours of footage, the team has produced a film covering their work from the summer. Along with the film, the expedition members will show some of their photographs from this summer and speak about their experiences floating on the mighty Colorado for more than two months.

Continuing on the successes of last year’s Source-to-Sea journey by Will and Zak from the headwaters of the Green River to the Sea of Cortez, this expedition and film seek to further the State of the Rockies Project’s goal of informing and engaging the citizens of the Rocky Mountain Region so that they might better shape the future of this beautiful, yet fragile, region. To learn more about the Down the Colorado Expedition visit: To learn more about the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project visit: You may also call the Rockies Project at (719) 227-8145. 


Expedition Down the Colorado: A Summer Exploring the Water Issues of the Southwest’s Great River
Kayaking Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: The State of the Rockies Project and the Outdoor Recreation Committee
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