Update: Funds raised on World Water Day used for flood restoration and community recovery

In March 2019, and again in April, a “bomb cyclone” struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The area was hit hard by this unprecedented and historic climate event. For Lakota communities on the reservation, this storm caused catastrophic flooding that destroyed homes, damaged roads, and left many families stranded.

Supported in part by the $3,000 raised by the Colorado Water Center’s World Water Day event, Trees, Water & People delivered over 2,000 pounds of clean drinking water donated by Sam’s Club of Fort Collins, warm clothes from Patagonia, and other emergency supplies to the Payabya Community Center where 30 families from 9 districts were able to come and collect what they needed. Thanks to these funds, TWP has been able to assist in mitigating immediate effects of the flood at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), and they have been able to transport a trailer full of canned food, clothes, and hygiene supplies donated from Nation-to-Nation Church in Northern Colorado.

Learn more about relief efforts on the reservation and how you can help.

World Water Day 2019: Water and Power Film Screening

In celebration of World Water Day in 2019, the Colorado Water Center, in partnership with the Environmental Justice Working Group and the Student Sustainability Center, hosted a special screening of the award-winning National Geographic documentary Water and Power: A California Heist.

Water and Power: A California Heist traces the story of California’s complex water system, in which a handful of corporate land owners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state’s most precious public resource, while drought left local homeowners with dry wells. California residents and farmers face powerful barons in the struggle to secure water rights in this fresh historical account of profit and interests.

Wednesday, March 27 at the Lyric Cinema
6:30 PM – welcome and remarks
6:50 PM – film screening

All proceeds benefited Trees, Water & People. TWP is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to improve lives by helping communities to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources.