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PHOENIX -- Actor and noted environmentalist Robert Redford will speak in Phoenix on Saturday, at a fundraising drive to restore part of the overtaxed Colorado River.

A coalition of environmental groups is launching the efforts. Conservationists from Mexico and the U.S., will gather at the downtown Arizona Science Center for a "low-water-use gala."

Redford will give remarks as well as screen "Watershed," a documentary on the river system produced by the Oscar winner and his son Jamie Redford.

The director of the Colorado River Campaign, Gary Wockner, said there's an opportunity to restore the river delta, which lies in Mexico and once had 2 million acres of wetlands.

Looming shortages are predicted on the river serving some 40 million people in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. Mexico also has a stake.

Associated Press,

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