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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Endangered Colorado River Subject of Talk

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One of America’s most endangered rivers, the Colorado River is the subject of a talk by author Christa Sadler in Aspen and Carbondale this November. Grand Canyon rafting guide, paleontologist, and author Sadler’s talk is entitled “Seeing Things Whole, John Wesley Powell and an Understanding of the American West.” Sadler will lead a discussion about John Wesley Powell the man, the scientist, the explorer, and visionary policy-maker and share excerpts from her new book “The Colorado.”


The Colorado examines nine episodes in the history of our interaction with the Colorado River, from early prehistoric cultures to the Spanish explorations of the lower reaches of the river, the dam building frenzy of the early and middle 20th century, industrial agriculture and the current use of water throughout the region. 


“I believe my book provides important history and context to one of the country’s most important, and most endangered, watersheds,” Sadler said. 


As a rafting guide on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere in the region, Sadler has called the rivers of the Colorado River Basin home for more than three decades. She holds a Masters Degree in Earth Sciences and paleontology from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s Degree in physical anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Sadler has been writing and teaching in the landscapes shaped by the Colorado River since 1988 and has published several books and articles about the region. 


Her talks locally are sponsored by Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Wild Rose Education. They will be held in Aspen on Wednesday, November 14th at 6pm in the Pitkin County Administration and Sheriffs Office Board Meeting Room and in Carbondale on Thursday, November 15th at 6pm at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The talks are free and open to the public. 


More information is available by calling 970-920-5204. 


Media Contact: Pat Bingham - 970-920-5204


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