July 14, 2013
Yampa River Awareness Project 2013
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Deep in Dinosaur National Monument on a broad sandbar in the Yampa River, a grisly scene is being carried out. It’s a horror story so cruel it might make even movie director Wes Craven cringe.
Any multiday float trip down a large Western river — even one involving naturalists, water policy experts and journalists — is first and foremost an adventure, one with a modicum of danger involved.
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.