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Rivers and Lakes

Places We Protect


Learn about the important rivers and lakes we’re conserving for nature and people around the world.

The Nature Conservancy is working across the United States and around the world to protect freshwater ecosystems for people and nature. A few examples of Conservancy projects are listed below. Signature rivers of the Great Rivers Partnership are indicated with an *.

Asia Pacific

China: The Yangtze River*


Jamaica: The Rio Grande River

Central and South America

Colombia: The Magdalena River
Mexico: The Colorado River
South America: The Paraguay and Parana Rivers*

The United States

The Mississippi River*
The Colorado River
The Great Lakes

Arizona: The Bill Williams River
California: The Sacramento River
Florida: The Apalachicola River
Georgia: The Savannah River
Illinois: The Mackinaw River
Illinois: Emiquon
Indiana: The Wabash River
Iowa: The Boone River
Kentucky: The Green River
Kentucky: The Obion Creek and Bayou de Chien
Louisiana: The Atchafalaya River
Minnesota: The Root River
Oregon: The Willamette River
Maine: Penobscot River Restoration
Nebraska: The Platte River
New York: The Hudson River
Texas: Caddo Lake
Wisconsin: The Pecatonica River

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