Stories from the River: Colorado River Day 2014

To continue to educate young Latinos about the importance of the Colorado River, Nuestro Río teamed up with the Hispanic Access Foundation to host a Colorado River Day celebration in July 2014.

As part of the celebration, a group of young Latinos participated in an event at Gough Park with speakers that included State Representative Rudy Martinez. The young people then took off on a weekend hiking and camping trip in the Gila Wilderness with Bishop Oscar Cantc of the Las Cruces Catholic Diocese to learn more about the importance of the Gila River as part of the Colorado River system.

Gregory Webb, Nuestro Río Youth Leader Program Director, said the event was focused on the Gila River, a tributary that flows into the Colorado River, because it is one of New Mexico’s last free flowing rivers. "We want these kids to appreciate the many ways that Latinos are connected to the Colorado River system and become advocates for conservation."

"I love nature and I think it’s our duty as Catholics to take care of nature…Being in the outdoors kind of refreshes me, and I want my kids to be able to go out on the Gila River and enjoy all the blessings that I have." -- Marco Chairez, age 17 (Silver City Sun-News, 7/27/14)

Colorado River Day 2014