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2015 Rocky Mountain River Celebration with Craig Childs at Upslope Brewing in Boulder Colorado

The 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain River Celebration is a non-profit sponsored annual event hosted in solidarity with the International Day of Action for Rivers which, this year, lands on Saturday, March 14th.

The event features speakers and short films focused on raising public awareness of river, stream and water-use issues both in Colorado and worldwide.  This year, all proceeds and fundraising from the event will go toward the Boulder County & Colorado River Legal Defense Fund - currently accruing funds for legal action to stop Denver Water's proposed Moffat/Gross project (which would be the largest construction project in Boulder County history and drain the Fraser River, if allowed to proceed).  Here you can see an Overview of Moffat/Gross and the Top 10 Fatal Flaws with Moffat/Gross.

The 3rd annual Rocky Mountain River Celebration will be at Upslope Brewing Company’s Tap Room in Boulder and will feature a full performance by celebrity adventure writer Craig Childs.  This year’s lineup will also features Timmy O'Neill as emcee, Brodie Kinder & The Killer Bees for musical entertainment, a handful of award-winning river-centric short films, several speakers on western water issues, a food truck and, of course, delicious Upslope beer.


Presenting Organizations:

logo-theenvironmentalgroupThe Environmental Group of Colorado (TEG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to actively deal with current and future environmental issues that affect our community and that of the world around us.  For 4 years, TEG’s Citizens for Sustainable Water Management (CSWM) project has focused on raising public awareness with regard to the numerous proposed water supply projects along Colorado’s Front Range.  TEG presented the Rocky Mountain River Celebration in 2013, 2014, and will be doing so again this year.

logo-savethecoloradoSave The Colorado’s mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea. Save The Colorado focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects, supporting alternatives to proposed dams and diversions, fighting and adapting to climate change, supporting river and fish species restoration, and removing deadbeat dams. Save The Colorado has thousands of supporters throughout the Southwest U.S. from Denver to Los Angeles and beyond.

Craig Childs

critically-acclaimed author and commentator

"Childs's feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he's a modern-day desert father."
~ The New York Times

"A born storyteller!"
~ The New York Sun

"His writing is like pure oxygen... stings like a slap in the face."
~ LA Times

Craig Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, and is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, and Orion. At High Country News, he's a contributing editor, and he teaches writing for both University of Alaska in Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University.

He has won several key awards including:

Orion Book Award, 2013 Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, 2011 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, 2008 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, 2007 and 2013


Brodie Kinder

and The Killer Bees

Brodie Kinder, former front man of an underground acoustic Hip-Hop group in Honolulu, went solo in 2013 and has been working on a €œdance rock approach to his original music. Known as a mix-master of sounds, he'll be performing at this event with The Killer Bees - a five-piece band out of Poania, Colorado deemed "the best damn players west of the divide!"

VIDEO: Brodie Kinder and The Killer Bees, Sleep (cover):



$10 Admission
Entry and a free door prize!

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Boulder County & Colorado River Legal Defense Fund
100% of your tax-deductible donation funds direct legal action to stop Denver Water's unnecessary expansion of Gross Reservoir and draining of the Fraser River.

Event Sponsors (2015)


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