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CONSERVATION

Secretive 'harbor master' steers Colorado River campaign

PART TWO:
For six years, a coordinated campaign has fought to save the Colorado River, influencing policy decisions like a recent interstate drought plan.

But you can't find it on Google.

The Colorado River Sustainability Campaign has been an important behind-the-scenes player for environmentalists working on the waterway, which provides water to 40 million people.

It is housed at the New Venture Fund, a tax-exempt charity based in Washington, D.C., that funnels money to dozens of advocacy campaigns on a variety of issues. CONTINUE READING >>>

CONSERVATION

Colorado River's biggest champion: Walmart heirs

PART ONE:
An unlikely advocate seems to be around every bend of the Colorado River these days: the Walton Family Foundation.

The $3.65 billion organization launched by Walmart founder Sam Walton has become ubiquitous in the seven-state basin that provides water to 40 million people, dishing out $100 million in grants in the last five years alone.

"It is unprecedented — the scale and duration of investment," said Dustin Garrick, a former Walton grantee and Oxford University professor... CONTINUE READING >>>

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