Ensuring Water in an Urbanizing World

With more people living in cities than ever before, securing future water supplies matters to us all. 


The lands around our water sources collect, store and filter our water, and, when managed well, provide a number of additional benefits to people and nature. The Nature Conservancy works with cities and companies globally to protect and restore drinking watersheds by providing incentives for upstream land management that improves water quality for downstream water users.

Likewise, the Conservancy collaborates with local governments, communities and private businesses to use green space to absorb, retain and slow stormwater runoff. This “green infrastructure” reduces the amount of water entering a storage facility for treatment and decreases surface flooding—ultimately leading to improved water quality in adjacent rivers and lakes and attractive green spaces that contribute to neighborhood revitalization.