The Green River, located in the western United States and the major tributary ofthe Colorado River. This watershed captures parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The Green River is 730 miles long, beginning in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and flowing through Wyoming and Utah for most of its course, except for 40 miles into western Colorado. This curve into Colorado is where Dinosaur National Monument is located. The proposal to build two dams in Dinosaur NM was the first major campaign (1952) of David R. Brower, who was then the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club. This campaign for free-lowing rivers in Dinosaur NM was successful and helped launch the modern-day environmental movement in the United States.
Lauren Wood is a 3rd generation whitewater raft guide along the Green River, as well as the Yampa and other rivers on the Greater Colorado Plateau drainage. Her passion for activism was born out of spending summers along the banks of the Green River. Her grandfather and mentor Dee Holladay was a passionate river advocate as well, leaving behind him a legacy of conservation education and “leave-no-trace” policies that to this day continue to preserve the integrity of the natural world along the Green and many other rivers banks. Her personal and professional interests in climate change focusses on protecting the Colorado and Green River watershed for future generations.
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