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Yampa River Awareness Project 2013

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Is the Yampa worth saving?

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.

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The late spring flood has the power to nourish life and the potential to claim human lives

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.

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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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