Water Matters

A groundbreaking partnership is raising awareness and inspiring action around the importance of our water resources.

Water in the News

Dr. Steve Herrington talks water with Fox 2's Randi Naughton.

Our Water Assets - St. Louis

Conservancy Scientist Doug Ladd talks water conservation in Missouri on PBS affiliate KETC/Channel 9's "Living St. Louis."


Water is essential for all life on Earth. As pressures on our freshwater resources increase, it becomes critically important to secure adequate drinking water, manage floods, and keep our waters healthy for native species.

Missouri’s natural heritage includes a vast system of waterways from prairie streams to Ozark rivers to the mighty Mississippi.

How We Work

The Conservancy takes a comprehensive approach to freshwater challenges: we look at entire systems so we can develop long-term solutions that allow people and nature to thrive together. We:

By the Numbers

29: Partners working to protect the Meramec River - See the Meramec River Conservation Action Plan

60: Percent of North American bird species that use the Mississippi River as a migratory corridor

2/3: Proportion of the world’s population predicted to face water shortages by 2025

18,000,000: People who get their drinking water from the Mississippi River


Focus on Freshwater

The Conservancy, the Nine Network of Public Media, Magnificent Missouri, and more than 20 organizations committed to conservation have joined together to raise awareness and understanding of how our water is connected to people, lands, and economies. "Water Matters" focuses on why our water resources are so important and what individuals can do to protect the health of our water.

Watch segments on issues from sewers and gardens to flooding, or watch an episode of Stay Tuned to hear a discussion around the connection between healthy water, healthy land, and our region's economy. Join the discussion: #WaterMattersSTL.

You can help!
Get some tips on conserving water at home.

How does nature filter water? See a demonstration on Fox 2.
Get some Liquid Courage with H2.O.
Find out where your water comes from with this interactive map.

Think you need 8 glasses of water a day? Think again. Learn about "hidden" water.
Do your part to secure our water resources.

Quiz: Test your knowledge about how reducing your water usage can save money and protect this vital resource. 


Hoar Frost at Dunn Ranch Prairie

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