I’ve had the privilege to be asked to join the board of Western Resource Advocates (WRA). Last week I attended my first board meeting with WRA in Santa Fe and really got the inside look.
WRA was founded in 1989 and is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water. They use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the Four Corner states as well MT, WY and NV. WRA works to make change from within the system. They are advocates first and foremost but want progressive change as fast as the rest of us.
The quality of WRA’s staff is what makes them so effective and their accomplishments reflect that. WRA took the San Juan coal fired power generator offline (almost single handedly). Last Thursday, their water team made it possible to collect rain water in barrels for the first time in Colorado’s history. The work WRA has and is doing to hold the state of Utah’s feet to the fire regarding air pollution is of such critical importance.
In each of these cases, of which there are many more examples, it is only the multi-year tenacity from each staff member involved that resulted in a success. On top of all that, they welcomed me, an environmental newbie, so warmly to their group and I’m honored to help as I can.
The group’s vision is bold. WRA is trying to make a real difference in the West. Given its constrained resources, our region is a canary in the coal mine. If we manage things sustainably here, we can be an example to the rest of the world.
If you have got this far, there is an event this Thursday in Boulder on Pearl Street.
Stop by to learn more about the group: http://929prl.com/home/western-resource-advocates
Or head to their website: http://westernresourceadvocates.org/
– Will Stites