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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
To experience the promise and fragility of a living river…that is the essence of Guardians.
It’s time to bring the river back to life.
Guardians joins locals studying the wetlands threatened by a proposed dam and diversion project
Conservation groups express support for the community of Sweet Home, clean water, and native fish in Willamette River Basin
We strongly support efforts to provide relief for impacted communities] Read more >
The lower reservoir levels are aimed at helping baby salmon pass through outlets deep on the dams they'd otherwise struggle to locate.Read more >