WildEarth Guardians

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The Rio Grande is in Crisis

By 2100, the Rio Grande will lose up to 50% of its current flow because of one-hundred years of water mismanagement policies compounded by climate change. That’s why we launched our #LivingRio campaign to give a voice to the once mighty Rio Grande.

We invite you to join us! With your support the #LivingRio campaign will finally give the Rio Grande a right to its own water and the freedom to flow. A Living Rio is necessary for clean water and all downstream communities.

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What We’re Doing

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Let It Flow
Restoring flows to the Rio Grande

We are advocating for a long-overdue study of flows necessary to protect landscapes, geology, recreational opportunities, and fish habitat in the Rio Grande gorge from the Colorado-New Mexico state line through Taos. Read our vision.

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Tear It Down
Remove or modify dams and other obstacles to flow

We are litigating to ensure that unnecessary infrastructure—including dams, levees, and other man-made obstacles—does not prevent large-scale restoration of the Rio and its vast floodplain in the Tiffany Basin south of Socorro, New Mexico. Read the release.

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Rethinking the Rio
Reconsider water storage in the river

In a recent report, we found that 50,000 acre-feet (in a dry year) and 85,000 acre-feet (in an average year) of water could be conserved if the water stored in the river’s low-elevation reservoirs was instead stored upstream. This would provide significant flexibility to connect river flows when the river needs water the most. Read the report.

A Voice for the River

Guardians' Wild Rivers Program Director, Jen Pelz, is fighting for every last drop in the Rio Grande.

Read the story

 

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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.

Rio Grande Waterkeeper

A purposeful partnership between WildEarth Guardians and Waterkeeper Alliance, Rio Grande Waterkeeper protects and restores flows in the iconic Rio Grande to ensure life is sustained throughout the Basin for generations to come.

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WildEarth Guardians

WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.

Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance and its member organizations work to protect swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waterways throughout the world.

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