This past year was a difficult time for many of our friends in the conservation community, with a slow economy leading to layoffs and restructuring in many organizations. It is an incredible testament to our staff, board, and dedicated supporters that WRA not only weathered the down economy, but actually expanded our ability to protect the West’s natural resources. Protecting our land, air, and water doesn’t become less important in a recession, so we added capacity in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Our Energy program played a huge role in the Colorado Public Utility Commission’s decision to direct the revenue from the sale of Renewable Energy Credits to investments in renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. Our Water program rang up impressive victories in protecting rivers throughout the West, and WRA is leading the way in preventing expensive and unnecessary large-scale water diversion proposals in Colorado and Nevada. Because of our opposition to the Flaming Gorge Pipeline in Wyoming and Colorado, two federal agencies have rejected permitting requests from the developer.
For the full round-up of our successes, take a look inside the 2011 Annual Report.
“WRA is … a group with a responsible voice for the West that advocates striking a proper balance.”
–Andy Franklin, WRA Donor & Boulder, CO Resident