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  • Breaking News: April 9, 2014 - Today Western Resource Advocates joined American Rivers in naming the Upper Colorado River (including the Yampa, White, Colorado, and Gunnison) among America's Most Endangered Rivers, shining a national spotlight on the need for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to avoid new large water diversions and instead prioritize river protection and water conservation measures in the Colorado water plan. For the full press release click here.
  • Announcement: Western Resource Advocates has announced that Jon Goldin-Dubois will be its new President, beginning June 2014. Mr. Goldin-Dubois will lead the organization in meeting its mission of protecting the West's land, air, and water with an emphasis on addressing climate change. He will develop and oversee initiatives with his staff that guard against water supply shortages, defend our natural resources, and reduce air and water pollution in a six-state region in the West (AZ, CO, NM, NV, WY, UT). Goldin-Dubois has been an innovator within the nonprofit community for nearly 25 years. His background includes strategic advocacy, campaign leadership, policy development and analysis, and grassroots organizing. He has a B.A. from the University of Denver in International Studies and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. As WRA's new President, Goldin-Dubois will apply his knowledge and expertise to the West's pressing environmental and climate issues.

  • News Update: On Sunday, February 23rd, after 5 long days of testimony and deliberations, Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) passed the best rules in the country to clean our air and keep our climate from overheating. These well thought out and cost-effective rules will substantially reduce the leakage of methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas operations.  Methane is one of the most damaging greenhouse gases and VOCs form ozone pollution, which can cause severe respiratory problems for people and damage to agriculture.  Western Resource Advocates was one of the early leaders among the stakeholders working on these rules to push hard for inclusion of methane in the rules.  WRA thanks Governor Hickenlooper, the AQCC, staff at the Air Pollution Control Division and all others who worked on the rules and helped make our state the leader for controlling these pollutants.
  • New Energy Report: A Toolkit for Community Clean Energy Programs provides practical methods for community organizations to advance energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy. Community organizations can select and use specific tools to prepare proposals for funding and to design and implement clean energy projects.
  • New Water Report: As advocates for the protection of Wyoming's rivers and natural heritage, Western Resource Advocates and Trout Unlimited believe it is imperative for water planning to ensure healthy rivers and to minimize the adverse environmental impacts of water supply strategies. The new report Filling the Gap: Meeting Future Urban Water Needs in the Platte Basin, Wyoming (Western Resource Advocates and Trout Unlimited, 2013) documents how Wyoming can more than meet the future water needs of the urban subbasins in the Platte Basin while minimizing impacts to the state's rivers and streams. Click here to learn more.
  • Historic Roadmap for Cleaner Air & Carbon Pollution Reductions from the Navajo Generating Station: A coalition submitted a roadmap to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to achieve cleaner air at the Grand Canyon National Park and surrounding communities. The roadmap will also reduce reliance on coal at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, cut the carbon pollution from the Navajo Generating Station, and foster clean energy economic development. Read the press release here.

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