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River conservation – restoring the vital arteries of the West

Rivers

Living rivers are vital to the diversity of life on earth, from the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande to as far north as southwestern Alberta, Canada, to the human communities whose history is inextricably linked to the ebb and flow of their local waterways. When rivers dry up and vanish, that life vanishes too.

To ensure the future health of Western rivers and all the species that depend on them, WildEarth Guardians revives the pulse of great waterways, exposes the historic injustice to rivers, and aims to untie the tangled knot of archaic water law. Instead of controlling and diverting rivers with levees, ditches, and dams, and pumping them into the hands of the highest bidder, we seek to restore their natural course from source to sea.

Protect Rio Grande Flows for Future Generations

Send a message to Senator Udall thanking him for his support protecting flows in the Rio Grande and ask him to help secure funding for a study of necessary flows to ensure a truly Wild and Scenic Rio Grande Gorge.

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Wild Rivers Program Work

WildEarth Guardians is a voice for Western rivers. From the iconic Rio Grande to the Colorado River, we believe in living, dynamic rivers from source to sea. Learn about our vision for the Rio Grande: America’s Great River, the challenges it faces, and how you can help.

Our Vision

Like any living thing, the Rio has a pulse. We strive to restore that pulse—and return life to the river.

The Landscape

The Rio Grande’s flows carve unique geologic features, create a haven for wildlife, and support many human communities.

A Challenged Rio

The Rio faces formidable challenges, from archaic water law to dams, pollution, and climate change.

Report Pollution

Do your part to protect the Rio Grande. If you spot pollution, contact us here.

We Are All Neighbors Along the Rio Grande

To protect the river as a whole, we must join together in a basin-wide community.

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How You Can Help

Help revive and restore rivers and all the species that depend on them! Be a guardian for rivers by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we're a powerful force for nature.

Recent Stories From Rivers

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The Rio Grande is dying and only a new compact will save her

July 10, 2018

This piece was published in the Denver Post on July 6, 2018

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“The river calling me…”

May 22, 2018

Surrendering to the flow of the Colorado River and the majesty of the Grand Canyon

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Dammed if you don’t
Feb 21, 2018
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Why the Rio Grande’s flows matter

January 1, 2018

The Rio Grande, America’s Great River, is running out of water. That’s a major cause for concern for a number of reasons.

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Rivers Press

New Mexico’s Rivers Safe from Ill-Conceived Pumping Scheme

Aug 3, 2018

Yesterday, the New Mexico State Engineer dismissed a second attempt by Augustin Plains Ranch to push through a speculative scheme for mining groundwater in central New Mexico. In 2016, WildEarth Guardians, farmers, ranchers, and local communities prote

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All Rivers Press Releases

The Rio Grande is dying and only a new compact will save her

The Burlington Record | Jul 9, 2018

The Rio Grande is dying. The death of a river, anywhere, is sad and alarming. When that river is the lifeblood of a vast region, it is nothing short of tragic. The causes are both ancient and modern: climate change, ignorance, politics and greed.

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Vanishing Rio Grande puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers during extreme drought

The Denver Post | Jun 22, 2018

MONTE VISTA — Seldom has the Rio Grande, the nation’s fourth-longest river and the one that nourishes the most drought-prone terrain, flowed so low.

One headwaters tributary curling around the Great Sand Dunes National Park has dried up. The main stem of the Rio Grande probably won’t make it out of Colorado to New Mexico this summer, state water authorities calculate, let alone Texas and Mexico.

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