There are many reasons to celebrate the Colorado River. Even if you’re not among the 40+ million people who rely on the Colorado River for drinking water, you’ve probably enjoyed eating vegetables such as broccoli and lettuce during the winter. The river also provides plenty of recreational opportunities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking. Likewise, the Colorado River produces enough electricity to power more than 780,000 households each year. Check out the image below to learn more about why this mighty river is considered the lifeblood of the American West.
While the Colorado River works overtime to provide for people and nature, this iconic river continues to be threatened by dams, irrigation and climate change. With support from organizations like Tom’s of Maine, The Nature Conservancy is working with farmers and other organizations to develop methods to ensure water security for communities, farms and the environment.
Additionally, the Conservancy works hard to educate U.S. consumers to take action to protect and restore our rivers. Learn more about what you can do to make a difference.