SO! General Meeting
Agenda:/5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments./6:20-7:40 PM: Meeting and presentation./Presentation title: Whiskey is for Drinking, Water is for Fighting – Water Resource Management in SW Colorado and Beyond/Speaker: Teal Lehto//Presentation summary: In the arid expanse of the American Southwest, the lifeline that sustains communities, agriculture, and ecosystems alike is the Colorado River. This presentation delves into the intricate web of water resources in Southwest Colorado, offering a panoramic view of the challenges and solutions that define this regions hydrological landscape.//Speaker bio: Teal Lehto is a water rights activist located in Durango, Colorado. Teal currently runs a TikTok account dedicated to water conservation issues in the Colorado River Basin with over 60,000 followers and was featured in NPRs Morning Edition and BBCs Panorama for her advocacy work on the platform. She is widely known as the western water girl. Teal became a certified raft guide before attending college and founded the first Junior Womens raft racing team in the US. Her team won the 2017 US Rafting Championships and represented the country at the World Rafting Championships in 2017 and 2018. Teal attended Fort Lewis College where she founded a club dedicated to water resource issues in the southwest, and then graduated in 2020 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. These experiences created a deep love of rivers and whitewater for Teal, and respect for the connections they can bring across cultural barriers, which has guided her every move since.