Top Photo by Teresa Golden
The Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD) has selected Teresa Golden of Gunnison as the winner of their World Water Day Photo Contest. Teresa submitted a selection of photos taken in the Gunnison River valley including one of an eagle flying over the Gunnison River, another of two moose in Taylor Reservoir and another of big horn sheep at the river’s edge, to name a few. Teresa was awarded gift cards to Gene Taylor’s and The Dive in Gunnison.
World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22nd and was first held in 1993 as a day of observance by the United Nations focusing on the importance of freshwater worldwide. Each year a theme is chosen for the day of celebration and this year’s theme is “Valuing Water.”
“Teresa’s photos are beautiful examples of how much we value our reservoirs, rivers and streams in this valley,” said Sonja Chavez, general manager of the UGRWCD.
The UGRWCD also selected Judy Bratcher of Lake City as the winner of their Drought Slogan Contest. Judy’s winning submission is “Water, it doesn’t grow on trees!” Judy’s slogan, along with a new graphic of a tree with water droplets instead of leaves, will be printed on promotional products like yard signs, water bottles, stickers and bags.
“We all thought Judy’s slogan was a catchy way to get across the point that, water is a limited resource for us and that we can’t behave as it grows on trees,” said Chavez. “Hopefully, with these messages being posted all over the valley, it will be a regular reminder for us all to be mindful of our water use, especially during this time of drought, and that we can all be Upper Gunnison Water Heroes.”
The UGRWCD will be seeking volunteers to help distribute the products throughout the District later this Spring. If you’d like to help, please call the District at (970)641-6065