There’s an old saying: “water flows uphill to money.” It rings true when we think about water justice in Colorado. The most polluted areas of metro Denver—and the South Platte River that flows through it—are located in low-income communities. Many families in those neighborhoods struggle to make ends meet, including paying their water bill. And the kids lack access to the outdoor water recreation opportunities many of us take for granted. In this edition of Connecting the Drops, we explore water justice with an environmental sociologist, a river advocate and the head of a youth development nonprofit that helps city kids get out on the river.
Read more about environmental justice and water in the Spring 2020 issue of Headwaters magazine (also in Spanish).