High School Students Meet with Congressman Grijalva in Yuma To Discuss Importance of Colorado River

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CONTACTS
Nicole Patterson, Patterson Public Affairs, (602) 316-1343

High School Students Meet with Congressman Grijalva in Yuma 5/14
To Discuss Importance of Colorado River

WHAT 
Event at Kofa High School in Yuma with Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva. Two students who are members of Nuestro Río's Youth Water Leaders program will present a 5 minute video about the significance of the Colorado River during a school-wide assembly.

Ian Dale, one of the two students, met with Congressman Grijalva in October 2013 and shared his experiences of the river with the Congressman.  We will present the Congressman with a new video and also expect that Congressman Grijalva  will provide some remarks about the Colorado River, Arizona’s relationship to its water, and the importance of the River- especially to Yuma and the Southwest, and what we need to be doing to sustain the river that sustains us. Student Nathan Cortez will co-present with Ian Dale.

The link for the video is here: http://vimeo.com/user8694463/review/92982680/b3a40a5238

WHO
Congressman Raul Grijalva
Kofa High School students Ian Dale and Nathan Cortez, Nuestro Río members
Members of Kofa High School student body

WHEN
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

WHERE
Kofa High School at 3100 S Avenue A, Yuma, AZ 85364

Be there for a great news and photo opportunity -- featuring a popular and dedicated state official, enthusiastic young people, and an issue that is essential to life in Arizona and the Southwest.

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BACKGROUND
Nuestro Río
 is a growing network of 21,000 Latinos in the Southwest who use their collective voice to educate communities about the history of Latinos and the Colorado River and to advocate for a healthy river for generations to come (www.NuestroRio.com).

As part of its Young Leader’s Water Program, Nuestro Río sponsored a six-day raft trip through Grand Canyon National Park for 20 high school students from Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona in August 2013.  The excursion was a hands-on learning experience to teach the students about the river’s history, current threats to its health, and outlook for the future.

In October 2013, five of the students that participated in the rafting trip traveled to Washington, D.C. to brief federal lawmakers on their excursion and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the river. The students met with several members of Congress and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to deliver one message: we must implement common-sense measures such as urban conservation and agricultural efficiency to put the Colorado River on a path to recovery.