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Raise the River Coalition Celebrates Colorado River Day: Delta Restoration Efforts Continue to Build on Historic Pulse Flow

Coalition also announces release of new video narrated by Robert Redford

July 25, 2014

A binational coalition of conservation organizations– made up of Pronatura Noroeste, Redford Center, Sonoran Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – issued the following statement in celebration of Colorado River Day:

“Our Raise the River coalition joins communities and organizations throughout the Basin in celebrating the beautiful, life-giving Colorado River. The binational commitment to reviving the health of the Colorado River Delta shows that we can restore places throughout the Basin that have been ignored for too long, even as we meet the growing water supply needs of cities, agriculture and industries in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Today, we continue our efforts to restore critical fish and wildlife habitat in the Delta, working closely with both the U.S. and Mexican governments and local communities. Our joint capital campaign is supporting critical on-the-ground restoration work in key areas of the Delta, including planting hundreds of thousands of new native trees; removing invasive, non-native vegetation; and acquiring water from willing sellers through Colorado River Delta Water Trust to support restoration sites. We are also working closely with a binational team of scientists to monitor the results of the unprecedented pulse flow of water to the Delta that took place from March to May earlier this year.”

To celebrate Colorado River Day, the Raise the River coalition is releasing a new video on Delta restoration, narrated by Robert Redford. The video is available on the coalition’s website at and on You Tube,  

Raise the River is a unique partnership of six U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations committed to restoring the Colorado River delta. Members include Environmental Defense Fund, Sonoran Institute, Pronatura Noroeste, The Nature Conservancy, Redford Center and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

To learn more about Raise the River, visit

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Contact information

Chandler Clay
Environmental Defense Fund
(202) 572-3312

Tracey Stone
The Nature Conservancy
(602) 322-6999

Ian Wilson
Sonoran Institute
(520) 290-0828 x1106

Osvel Hinojosa
Pronatura Noroeste
(52) 646 1753461 x 118

Jill Tidman
Redford Center
(415) 890-6863

Rob Blumenthal
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(202) 595-2457

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