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OARS rafting guide Russell Schubert knows the currents and the moods of the Yampa and Green rivers in Dinosaur National Monument like few others. He can navigate the river’s rapids with finesse while at the same time rowing a heavily loaded 18-foot raft.

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New urgency in planning water needs

The question mulled around the evening campfires by the members of the Yampa River Awareness Project expedition was not only whether the Yampa is worth preserving in its current state but also how that might be done while meeting the West’s demand for more water for human consumption.

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