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Conserving Water in the West

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February 14, 2013
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Steven discusses water issues in the West and how numerous factors, including increased water use and drought, can negatively impact fish and wildlife populations.

• The Colorado River supplies water to more than 25 million people, irrigates more than 3.5 million acres of farmland and is a primary water source for Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tucson.
• The West’s population is expected to double in the next 20 years; this will stretch further the already taxed watershed.
• Ninety percent of the water used in the West is for irrigated agricultural fields.
• Of the 1,200 species listed as threatened or endangered, 50 percent rely completely on rivers and streams for survival.

Season 1: Episode 3


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Founded in 2002, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is a non-profit organization working to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.

In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” While in the political arena, he succeeded in making conservation a top tier national issue. T.R. had the foresight to address these issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure critical habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must plan carefully today.

In order to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, we strengthen laws, policies and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation by leading partnerships that influence decision makers.

In early 2012, the TRCP joined forces with Bass Pro Shops and Steven Rinella of the hit TV show “MeatEater” to produce a video series highlighting conservation issues key to our fish, wildlife and hunting and angling traditions. Each episode of “TRCP’s Conservation Field Notes” follows Rinella to far-flung destinations where he talks about critical conservation issues related to the hunts and regions featured on “MeatEater.”

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