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August 22, 2022


Goodbye Central Arizona Project
and Imperial Valley Farms


Federal Colorado River Orders Could Bring Vast Changes to the Southwest

When the U.S. Bureau of Land Reclamation made good on threats August 16 to order state-by-state cutbacks on use of the Colorado River, a lot of media attention centered on Arizona and Nevada receiving worse cutbacks than California – the mandated 20% cutbacks could spell doom for the desert states. But much of the coverage failed to take into account how all states will face profound changes in the next decade. It is clear that Las Vegas may soon be unsustainable as a city. And Arizona may soon say goodbye to the vast piping infrastructure of the Central Arizona Project, and may also lose Lakes Mead and Powell no matter what the state does.

While Colorado itself may not face as dire a future as states downstream on the river, the state could face big changes in agriculture and in electric power generated from hydroelectric dams. The impacts to the Western Slope could be as big as those in California’s Imperial Valley, where farmers already are plowing under water-intensive crops like almonds and pistachios – even before the Colorado River impacts take effect. In the most ironic event of the hydroelectric crisis, the portions of Glen Canyon Dam National Recreation Area that were flooded by the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ back in the 1960s, are now open for hikes again, due to the extremely low level of Lake Powell.

It is good to see local media like Colorado Springs Independent and Colorado Springs Gazette take this seriously, as the publications have featured large articles virtually every day, even as the Gazette held an Aug. 18 Zoom conference on the water crisis. Unfortunately, there is little to be done about the Colorado River drying up unless we see an end to extreme drought conditions – and that is unlikely as long as the climate continues to heat up.


Pikes Peak Women Podcast  Focuses on Military Moms

On today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women,  we’re discussing being a military spouse in Colorado Springs.

Host Mary Lou Makepeace interviews two different military spouses, Magdalena Dover and Shannon Soto. They discuss their experiences as military spouses, the differences in branches, moving with a family, and much more in this episode we've titled Military Moms.
Listen to this podcast on Studio 809 HERE.

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Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner,

Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada

City Loses Second Family-Oriented Homeless Shelter in a Month

At the end of July, Family Promise closed its family homeless shelter. Last week, the emergency homeless family shelter City Hope, run by ComCor, announced it would close Aug. 30. It had been open only six months, but depended on Covid relief funds to operate, and those funds were due to run out.

In response, the Salvation Army announced it would convert the R.J.  Montgomery Center to a family-only facility. Singles experiencing homelessness will be referred to Springs Rescue Mission. All involved dress this is only a short-term fix. The closing of two family facilities in 30 days does not indicate a lack of need, but a lack of funding.


Colorado to Get First "Agrovoltaics" Farm

Delta County commissioners gave tentative approval Aug. 16 to an unusual solar farm concept that originally was rejected. Denver-based Guzman Energy plans an 80-megawatt solar installation covering 472 acres of a farm two miles east of the town of Delta. The former ranch will be turned into a hybrid power generator and active sheep grazing site.  The commissioners rejected the Garnet Mesa proposal in March, due to complaints from some neighbors, but the heavy testimony across two hearings convinced the commissioners to approve the project unanimously.

September Members’ Meeting on Youth Activist Training Recap

We are planning a late-afternoon potluck and get-together for PPJPC members, tentatively set for Sept. 24 at Knights of Columbus Hall. This is planned to take place around the Sept. 21 International Day of Peace. We will hold an annual meeting in early 2023, but in the meantime, we will update members on our work during 2022. Now that Covid restrictions have eased, we hope you can join us for face-to-face conversations!

Peak Environment Podcast 92 Looks at Applying Green Standards to Stormwater Infrastructure

Stormwater management is a critical environmental concern for a large urban area like Colorado Springs. City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy discusses the city’s new green infrastructure standards for development and redevelopment. He also shares some planned and some completed capital projects, and gives us an overview of the strategic vision of the Stormwater Enterprise. 

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on their podcast app.

You’ll find Podcast 92 here:

Also, check out Podcast 91 on native plants and the watershed.Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
Fountain Creek Watershed info
Fountain Creek Watershed Map
Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
Colorado Native Plant Society

Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here


Transit Agencies Offer Free and Reduced-Cost Rides Through August

350 Colorado sent out an alert regarding several Colorado transit agencies, who have partnered to encourage the use of mass transit by offering free or reduced-cost rides through August. Here are details:

Would you like to run your errands, go out on the town, and get to work conveniently while helping create the transition to a clean, green economy? Now is your chance, at no cost to you. In August, across the state, we have the opportunity to ride RTD buses, MMT, GET, Poudre Express, light rail, paratransit, the HOP, Access-a-ride, trains to airport and more for free! All cities are eligible for this program and so far we have confirmed Denver Metro area, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Lafayette are participating. And the long-distance intercity “Bustang” routes are 50% off from July 1 to September 5. If you are able, join us in making a commitment to ride transit as much as possible in August, and spread the word to your friends!

 Support better transit! By helping to make this initiative a success and showing overwhelming public support for transit, this will lead the expansion of service that will make RTD even more convenient. Chicken and egg. “If we show up they will build it!” We will also help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and ozone pollution (oil and gas production plays the biggest role in contributing to ozone, but driving is the second highest source.)

 Plot your routes now for all of your usual destinations: use your maps app—it’s easy! The RTD app is also extremely useful! Or you can plan trips or research routes by visiting the agency’s website, where you can use the Trip Planner app, access schedules or sign up for Service Alerts. Next Ride provides real-time vehicle information. To ask questions of RTD during normal business hours (6 a.m.-6 p.m.), call Customer Care at 303-299-6000.

Check out more info about the zero-fare program here. If you want to try out your routes before zero-fare month, you can buy your tickets on the RTD app, or at your local grocery store. Stay tuned for more information from 350 Colorado in the coming weeks.

 If you have questions or want support in doing this, please do not hesitate to email me: I’ve been riding transit since 2019.


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