Rio Grande Basin and San Luis Valley Aquifer

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanilaus, 2008 Whiskey’s for drinking and water’s for fighting about. Mark Twain Figure 1. Location of Rio Grande River and Rio Grande drainage basin. The Rio Grande River and Rio Grande Basin The Rio Grande River heads up in the eastern San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado and flows nearly 2000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the second longest river in the U.S. and for 2/3 of its length it forms the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico (from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas). Since its waters are utilized Read More …

History of Lexam, Inc.’s Gas “Drill Play” on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanislaus, 2008 Background on Lexam’s “drillplay” on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) Figure 1. Buffalo in wetlands west of Great Sand Dunes National Park Figure 2. Location of San Luis Valley and Rio Grande Watershed in south-central Colorado Plans for Another 22,812 Wells in Colorado Alone! The “BIG PICTURE:” Radical Increases in Gas Drilling Throughout the Rocky Mountains To understand what is happening here, we need to look at the larger context of Lexam’s “drillplay.” There is currently a “land rush” by oil and gas companies on federal lands in the Rocky Mountain region that has been going on Read More …

Why We Believe the San Luis Valley is a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil) Zone

Why We Believe the San Luis Valley Must Remain a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil drilling) Zone! Figure 1. Wetlands in the Baca National Wildlife Refuge; Sangre de Cristo Mountains in background. Figure 2. Sand dunes in The Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I have always told people that the San Luis Valley is more than home to me. It is a spiritual place unlike any other on earth. Senator Ken Salazar (Valley of the Dunes) Figure 3. Proposed Lexam/Concoco-Philips project area on Baca National Wildlife Refuge (green dotted line). Baca #1 and #2 wells are on The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Read More …

WaterWatchAlliance.us Website Homepage

Figure 1. Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) Wetlands and Sangre de Cristo Mountains Figure 2. San Luis Valley and proposed Lexam drill area on BNWR (red rectangle in upper right). WHAT IS WATER WATCH ALLIANCE? WATER WATCH ALLIANCE (WWA) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING THE WATER AND ENVIRONMENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE SAN LUIS VALLEY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO FROM REMOVAL AND CONTAMINATION BY GAS DRILLING. We believe the best way to protect our spectacular, unique, and sacred home is to ensure that the San Luis Valley remains a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil) Zone in perpetuity. There is great potential for production of solar, wind, Read More …

Episode #1: Water Issues in the San Luis Valley, Colorado

Uploaded on Oct 28, 2016 This panel discussion/interview is episode 1 of a series of interviews regarding water issues in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Participants are in 10/15/2016 interview were: Dr. Eric Karlstrom (retired geography professor), Tim Lovato (former Water Commissioner in San Luis Valley), and Drs. Thad and Sue Englert (retired physics professors).

Maurice Strong- Godfather of Crestone/Baca: “Father Earth/Savior of the Planet,” World-Class Robber Baron, and/or U.N. Globalist/Environmental Con-man?

Appendix 2. Maurice strong- Godfather of Crestone/Baca: “Father Earth”/”Savior of the Planet,” World-class Robber Baron, and or Globalist Enviro-Con Man Extraordinaire? Compiled by Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Emeritus Professor of Geography, CSUS, October, 2016 ETK Introduction: Crestone/Baca’s current identity as “sustainable,” interfaith spiritual community (and more?) is largely attributable to two foreigners; the Canadian, Maurice Strong, and his Danish wife, Hanne. In order to understand much of what is happening in Crestone, Colorado today, it is important to understand the amazing and enigmatic career of Maurice Strong. Certainly, much of Crestone/Baca’s ideology/mythology regarding sustainability, global warming, New Age (Gaia) spirituality, etc. is directly related to the 1992 U.N. Rio Earth Read More …

Water Watch Alliance

August 20, 2008 Figure 1. Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) Wetlands and Sangre de Cristo Mountains Figure 2. San Luis Valley and proposed Lexam drill area on BNWR (red rectangle in upper right). The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is to immediate right of BNWR. I have always told people that the San Luis Valley is more than a home to me. It is a spiritual place unlike any other on earth. Senator Ken Salazar, Colorado WATER WATCH ALLIANCE (WWA) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING THE WATER AND ENVIRONMENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE SAN LUIS VALLEY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO FROM REMOVAL AND CONTAMINATION Read More …

Newspaper/Magazine Articles

From: Colorado Central Magazine, April, 2008 Baca Residents Trying to Protect Wildlife Refuge from Gas Drilling By Eric Karlstrom Water Watch Alliance P.O. Box 653, Crestone, CO 81131 I have always told people that the San Luis Valley is more than a home to me. It is a spiritual place unlike any other on earth. Senator Ken Salazar The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is a unique, special place- a national treasure. Considered North America’s largest, alpine agricultural valley, the San Luis Valley is bounded on the east by the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Range and on the west by the San Juan Mountains. It contains the highest sand Read More …

Water Watch Alliance Press Releases

Water Watch Alliance Press Releases PRESS RELEASE from Water Watch Alliance, Crestone, Colorado 2/23/08 The well-being of Colorado water and Colorado citizens is now threatened to an unprecedented degree by toxic pollutants, potential “blow-outs,” and mismanagement by government agencies. While residents in Leadville are fighting for their safety and the life of the Arkansas River, residents in the San Luis Valley are fighting to protect and preserve one of the largest fresh water aquifers in North America. This irreplaceable treasure, containing an estimated 140+ million acre-feet (or 45+ trillion gallons) of potable water, is threatened by the proposed drilling of three 14,000-foot gas test wells on the new Baca National Read More …