The Conservancy uses science to help make essential natural places healthy and keep them healthy. We help bring together communities, farmers, ranchers, governments and businesses to find better ways to use rivers and lakes for drinking water, producing food, generating energy and more. Over the past 60 years we have achieved tangible results in hundreds of freshwater projects, helping preserve nature and the benefits it provides to people.
Getting Results on the Ground
We work with people all over the world to make our rivers and lakes clean, healthy and secure.
The report reveals how much water we use -- and what for.
Learn more about the vast amounts of water used to produce the food we eat.
Think you need eight glasses of water a day? Think again.
Explore all that this pristine lake has to offer and learn what we are doing to protect it. Don’t forget to check out our breathtaking slideshow!
We are taking a fresh look at water management tactics to reduce the size of the dead zone and mitigate floods.
Learn why and how we are protecting this irreplaceable freshwater resource and popular recreation destination.
Our efforts to reclaim the wetlands in the Klamath Basin have been a success - see what we mean!
Discover what a day in the field is like for one of our photographers at Williamson River Delta Preserve.
We are creating new wetlands to help salmon get bigger and stronger. Our efforts have even made local news!
Explore the Green Bay watershed with our cool slideshow and learn why and how we are protecting it.
With a helping hand, we have been able to restore a floodplain. Learn more about floodplain restoration and the science behind it.
We're teaming up with unlikely allies to save southern California's last wild river.
As The Nature Conservancy works to protect lands and waters around the world, we find that the circle of people, companies and agencies we work with gets ever more diverse and interesting. That includes breweries.
About half the American population receives its drinking water from lakes and rivers. Use this interactive map to find out where your water comes from.
The red-spotted sunfish has taken a definite liking to The Nature Conservancy's restoration efforts in the floodplains of the Illinois River.
Creating how the Conservancy is working to revolutionize the value of water by creating water funds for people and nature.
Healthy rivers are ever-changing, rising and falling as seasons come and go. Seasonal flow patterns are a river's heartbeat—they orchestrate plant and animal life cycles and sustain complex natural processes.
Find out how the Conservancy is using new science to help companies like Coca-Cola determine their "water footprint" - and why that's key to keeping more water available for people, plants and animals.
As poorly planned dams unravel ecosystems, cultures and livelihoods around the world — and with thousands of new dams being proposed — The Nature Conservancy is racing to help people balance how we use rivers to meet seemingly competing needs.
Most Americans don’t know where our water comes from. Why? And Why does it matter?
How the people of Palau are Mobilizing to protect the waters that sustain them.
Explore this fun graphic to see how rivers work for you.