WRAN News: June 2021
Amid Historic Drought, Audubon Boosts Water Awareness and Funding for Birds and People
Water—Colorado’s most precious resource for birds and people—was a central issue for lawmakers in the 2021 legislative session. The state approved more than $53 million in new bills for water-related projects. We all depend on healthy, flowing rivers. Amid brutal drought conditions, the Colorado Water Plan update, watershed and wildfire resilience needs, Audubon’s engagement amplified water awareness for legislators and partners across the state. Read more.
New Insights on Phenomenal Bird Numbers at Great Salt Lake
Large numbers of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other waterbirds reported at Great Salt Lake continue to impress. In the fall of 2018, biologists estimated more than 3.2 million Eared Grebes (more than 85% of the North American population) were present at the lake. In July of 2020, biologists counted 122,850 Wilson’s Phalaropes—more than 8% of the North American breeding population.
This analysis reveals the continued importance of the lake and the need to understand factors affecting bird populations. Read more.
Around the West:
- Photos Capture New Flows in Colorado River Delta
- Major Corporations and Foundations Commit Final Funding to Close Gap in Landmark Colorado River Water Conservation Deal
- The Coming and Going of Yellowlegs at Great Salt Lake
- Bill Would Increase Federal Participation in Salton Sea Restoration Efforts
- Climate One Podcast: Colorado River Reckoning—Drought, Climate and Equal Access
- ABC15 Arizona: After 'use it or lose it' water policy, HB 2056 allows farmers to keep water, still use it wisely
- Desert Sun: The Salton Sea, long a disaster, is on the brink of a major collapse
- President’s Budget Confirms Support for Climate, Conservation, and Equity
- Colorado Sun: Industries could dump more pollution into Colorado rivers under proposed rule change that goes against recommendations
Want to dig deeper into the issues affecting Arizona's Rivers and water? Check out the blog entries below:
- Federal Action Needed to Address Disastrous Drought, Wildfires, and Ecosystem Degradation in the West. July, 2021.
- The Age of Aridification on the Mighty Colorado River. July, 2021.
- The Entire Colorado River Basin is in Crisis. July, 2021.
- The Momentary Reprieve of Rain on the Rio Grande. July, 2021.
- Arizona Legislative Session Results in Funding for Audubon Priorities. July, 2021.
- Colorado River Water flows across U.S.-Mexico border through historic cooperation. May, 2021.
- Reconnecting the Colorado River to the Sea. May, 2021.
- Arizona Passes Law that Partially Protects Some Rivers Left Behind from Federal Clean Water Act Rollbacks. May, 2021.
- Experimental High Spring Flows in the Grand Canyon. May, 2021.
- Over 150,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Designated for the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Arizona. May, 2021.
- Critical Habitat Finally Designated for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. April, 2021.
- Planting along the Colorado River with the Cocopah Indian Tribe and Yuma Audubon. April, 2021.
- A Bird (and People) Budget for Arizona’s Legislature. March, 2021.
- Audubon’s Water Policy Agenda Focuses on Results. March, 2021.
- Groundwater Protections Key to Sustaining Water Supplies for People and Birds. March, 2021.
- Federal Priorities for a Secure Water Future in the West. February, 2021.
- Audubon-Supported Legislation Benefits Birds and Water Rights Holders in Arizona. February, 2021.
- Keeping Beer and Rivers Flowing: craft brewers speak up to advance Arizona’s water law. February, 2021.
- Advancing Arizona’s Groundwater Management to Protect Our Water Supply. February, 2021.
- Western Water Network Grants: Chapter Highlights. February, 2021.
- Climate Change is Driving Water Scarcity across the West. January, 2021.
- Top Arizona Water Priorities for the Legislature this Year. January, 2021.
- A Colorado River Win for the Navajo Nation as Congress Passes Major Omnibus. December, 2020.
- Western Water Legislation Advances Conservation, Resilience, and Equity. December, 2020.
- Audubon Prepares Advocates for Upcoming Arizona Legislative Season. November, 2020.
- Endangered Birds Were Dying Where They Shouldn't. Now Scientists Know Why. October, 2020.
- Arizona’s Often-dry Streams Now under Threat Due to Clean Water Act Rollback. October, 2020.
- Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Remains Federally Protected after Delisting Threat Falls Flat. September, 2020.
- Sustaining Healthy Groundwater Levels is Critical to Habitat, Birds, and People. September, 2020.
- Audubon “Wingspan” Weighs in on Colorado River Lake Powell Pipeline. September, 2020.
- Lake Mead and Lower Colorado River to Remain in Tier Zero Shortage for 2021. August, 2020.
- Arizona’s Rivers Could Face Irreparable Harm. August, 2020.
- New Senate Bill Threatens U.S.—Mexico Cooperation, Environment, and Birds of Lower Colorado River. July, 2020.
- Arizona: (UPDATE) International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. July, 2020.
- In Driest Year in Half Century, Audubon Releases Water into Rio Grande to Sustain Flows. July, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Introduces New Program to Assess and Monitor Saltwater Lake Ecosystems in the West. July 2020.
- Gila River Diversion Stopped. June, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Votes to Protect Birds, Improve Parks, and Create Jobs. June, 2020.
- Connected by Water: Healthy rivers are key to our physical, emotional, and economic recovery. June, 2020.
- Arizona Department of Water Resources and Audubon Agree to Funding Plan to Conserve Colorado River Water. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature on the Verge of Adjourning. May, 2020.
- Water Policy Wins in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico before Coronavirus Closures. May, 2020.
- Restoring the Colorado River Delta. May, 2020.
- Native Plants Help Restore the Colorado River. May, 2020.
- Audubon Calls for More Resources and Attention (not Less) for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. February, 2020.
- Arizona Legislators, Western Rivers Action Network Discuss Water Security. February, 2020.
- UPDATE: New Federal Rule Reduces Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. January, 2020.
- Five Audubon Chapters Awarded with Western Water Grants. January, 2020.
- Prioritizing Water Security for Arizona’s Birds and People. January, 2020.
- Building a Positive Water Future: Western Water Highlights in 2019. December, 2019.
- Why Groundwater Matters for Arizona’s People and Birds. November, 2019.
- Climate Change Threatens Arizona’s Forest Birds. October, 2019.
- Arizona Legislature Wraps up with Wins for Birds, Water, and Public Lands. June, 2019.
- In the Field—Western Rivers Bird Count. June, 2019.
- International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. May, 2019.
- Audubon’s Jennifer Pitt Honored with Leadership Award for Colorado River Work. May, 2019.
- Arizona Needs to Resolve Long-Running Lawsuit in Order to Protect Rivers. April, 2019.
- A Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is in Place—Now What? April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Signed into Law Averting Potentially Catastrophic Outcomes for People and Birds. April, 2019.
- Outdoor Recreation Along Arizona’s Waterways is a $13.5 Billion Industry, Ranked Higher than Golf and Mining, New Report Says. April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Overwhelmingly Passes in Congress. Audubon Says: “Win for People and Birds in the Arid West.” April, 2019.
- New Federal Rule Would Reduce Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. March, 2019.
- How Craft Beer Is Helping Save Water In the Colorado River Basin. March, 2019.
- The Drought Contingency Plan and How We Got Here. March, 2019.
- After Major Progress in Arizona Water Policy, Audubon Continues the Cause. February, 2019.
- Audubon Gives Testimony In Support of Funding to Remove Invasive Plants Along Arizona's Rivers. February, 2019.
- Historic Agreement Reached in Arizona to Avert Devastating Water Shortages in the West: Audubon says “critical step in protecting 36 million people and 400 species of birds”. January, 2019.
- Audubon: Pass the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. January, 2019.
- What is Going on with Water Planning in Arizona? December, 2018.
- What happened in Vegas? When it comes to water, this doesn’t stay in Vegas. December, 2018.
- Eight Natural Resource Issues for the next U.S. Senator from Arizona. November, 2018.
- 10 Things You Should Know About Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act. October, 2018.
- Balancing the needs of rivers, riparian habitat, and housing while ensuring environmental protections and sustainability for Arizonans. August, 2018.
- Dense forests, encroached meadows, and devastating wildfires: How Audubon and the Arizona Elk Society work together to protect rivers in the West. August, 2018.
- Using less and paying more. A conundrum it seems, until you dig a little deeper. July, 2018.
- Connecting the Dots: From DCP and Lake Mead to Protecting Flowing Rivers and Habitat: Why birders and wildlife advocates should care about Lake Mead. June, 2018
(To see stories from across the Colorado River Basin, visit National Audubon's Western Water News page.)
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