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River conservation – restoring the vital arteries of the West
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.
The Wild Rivers Program seeks to revive free-flowing, living rivers in the American West and to achieve a sustainable water future by working to protect clean water, healthy flows, and resilient communities.
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.
Brave New Wild Blog
It’s time to bring the river back to life.
Guardians joins locals studying the wetlands threatened by a proposed dam and diversion project
Still a long road ahead to protect public health and the environment
Drinking water, intermittent streams and wetlands in New Mexico left unprotected by EPA following Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court decision] Read more >
Sections of the Pecos River disappear underground along its route, and the Rio Grande is known to run dry during drier periods of the year. Bodies of water like that could be stripped of protections if they do not flow all year or run continuously, argued environmental groups following a federal decision to change how the Clean Water Act is applied.Read more >