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Help WRA protect the Colorado River and the millions who depend on it.

This is the moment of reckoning for the Colorado River and the nearly 40 million people across the Western U.S. and Mexico who rely on it for drinking water.

This is the moment of reckoning for the Colorado River and the nearly 40 million people across the Western U.S. and Mexico who rely on it for drinking water.

Climate change and prolonged drought are taking their toll on the river: Its flows are diminished. Crucial reservoirs are at all-time lows. Some states are facing mandatory shortages. And scientists agree the West will only become warmer and drier. The Colorado River is at a tipping point.

WRA has developed evidenced-based solutions for this imperiled river, and the millions who depend on it, but we need to start implementing them now.

Here are just a few ways WRA is working to protect the Colorado River:

  • We’re taking advantage of the upcoming re-negotiation of management guidelines for the Colorado River Basin to advance three priorities: (1) ensuring we live within an annual water budget based on modern climate science; (2) improving river flows and habitat where possible; and (3) making sure Indigenous communities are part of the conversation.
  • We promote and help enact water-saving policies to ensure Western communities can thrive and grow while reducing water demand.
  • We protect existing river flows with new “instream” water rights and improve flows through leases, loans, and upstream reservoir releases.
  • We advance clean energy and transportation electrification to fight climate change, the root cause of the aridification of Western rivers.

Taken together, these efforts can ensure a healthy and flowing Colorado River and protect this vital resource for Western communities, ecosystems, and quality of life.

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