Rivers are Colorado's lifeblood and deserve protection for our future.

Trout Unlimited has a long history of providing a voice for Colorado's rivers - from fighting - and ultimately defeating - the proposed Two Forks Dam on the South Platte in the 1980s, to working to see healthy rivers as a key focus in Colorado's Water Plan in the 2010s. Rivers can't fight for themselves, so it is up to us to speak out for them with decision-makers at all levels. Key recent and ongoing river advocacy campaigns include protecting and restoring the Colorado River headwaters through "Learning by Doing"; fighting for continued protection of headwater streams under the Clean Water Act; securing river protections for the Cache la Poudre in the face of the Northern Integrated Supply Project; the ongoing cooperative flow management program on the Arkansas; and development of Stream Management Plans on rivers from the Denver South Platte to the San Miguel.

Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss.
— David Bolling, How to Save a River

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