In the arid West, water is our most important resource. Majestic rivers like the Rio Grande and the Colorado aren’t just crucial for nature, they supply drinking water to tens of millions of people.
Today, Colorado faces its toughest water challenges. One hundred and fifty years of water development and management have altered our streams and waters. Our rivers have been tapped extensively and future water shortages are expected. As competing interests vie for our water resources, nature is feeling the impact.
Forty percent of Colorado’s fish are at risk, and invasive plants, including tamarisk and Russian olive, continue to choke rivers, crowd out native vegetation and alter stream flows.
At The Nature Conservancy, our long-term vision is to ensure that enough water stays in Colorado’s rivers so that the full array of native fish and wildlife can thrive as we balance the water needs of nature and people.
Improving Colorado's agriculture irrigation systems to save a river.
Watch these short films produced by Whole Foods Market® and The Nature Conservancy® to spread the word about how sustainable farms depend on the Colorado River.
The Nature Conservancy and partners are restoring the forests that provide more than two-thirds of Colorado's drinking water.
A Conservancy scientist talks about the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that will allow for the release of water into the Colorado River Delta.
On Colorado's Dolores River, young Conservation Corps volunteers are removing invasive tamarisk trees using chainsaws and a lot of elbow grease.
A bitter war over water rights in Colorado’s San Luis Valley rallies a community and helps safeguard nearly half a million acres in the Rocky Mountains.
Geoff Blakeslee is making a lasting difference for water conservation in Colorado.
A first-of-its-kind, whole basin look at the future of the Colorado River in the face of population growth and climate change.
A bumpy journey down the Colorado River reminds conservation partners why it's all worthwhile.
Can the mighty Colorado reach the sea? Learn more about the state of this important river and how the Conservancy is working across 7 states and 2 countries to protect it.