Guardians’ wild rivers program director named Rio Grande Waterkeeper

October 7, 2017

Our rivers work is making a giant leap forward with the newly announced partnership of WildEarth Guardians and Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization fighting for communities’ right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water, has more than 300 affiliates worldwide; Guardians, of course, has been working to secure the Rio’s right to its own water for more than a decade. Guardians’ wild rivers program director, Jen Pelz, will serve as the newly appointed Rio Grande Waterkeeper.

The Rio Grande is the lifeblood of the desert southwest and is vital to the area’s history, ecology, culture, and economy. Nevertheless, for years people have taken the river for granted. Today’s Rio faces many threats, from antiquated water laws, to destruction by dams and infrastructure, to climate change.

Rio Grande Waterkeeper envisions returning the pulse to this fading river, removing physical and legal obstacles, and reallocating flows back to the river to support its dynamic nature. For more information on the program, visit

Read the press release.

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