Our Solutions

WRA has more than three decades of experience successfully driving powerful state action to effectively address complex conservation problems. We will use this unique expertise and our deep understanding of the region, gained through our on the ground presence in the communities where we live, play, and work, to achieve three critical goals in the fight against climate change.

The climate crisis is taking its toll on our natural environment, economy, and the health and well-being of our communities.

Who could imagine the West without the abundant wildlife, clear-flowing rivers and streams, and snow-capped peaks that make our region the best place in the world to live, play, and work? We have little time to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, but we know we can do it. WRA is leading the way by addressing the largest sources of carbon pollution in the West, protecting and connecting our diverse and breathtaking landscapes for all to access, and reducing water demand to protect Western rivers, improve ecosystems and support local communities.

Over the next three years, WRA will drive state action to significantly reduce carbon emissions and create sustainable protections for rivers and lands in the face of the climate crisis. You can count on us to diligently work as a climate leader that drives quantifiable emission reductions and significant policy outcomes because we know our collective future depends on it.

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Our 2030 Goals:

Ensure states use 25% less water and protect the Colorado River and other key rivers.

Decarbonize electricity production and electrify other sectors of the economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 120 million tons.

Protect 30% of western lands in each major ecoregion and ensure commitments are in place to achieve 50% protection by 2050.

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We Save Water and Protect Rivers

To ensure states use 25% less water and protect the Colorado River and other key rivers, WRA is working to ensure:

  • The revised Interim Guidelines use climate science and inter-state governance to protect the Colorado River Basin.
  • Cities in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah have committed to avoiding new demands, despite growing populations and economies, that total 70,000 acre-feet of water savings by 2030.
  • Repurposed agricultural water keeps 300,000 acre-feet in the Colorado River as compared to use in 2020.
  • Water from retiring coal plants is committed to protecting stream health, creating a total savings of 50,000 acre-feet annually by 2030.
  • At least 250 river miles with high ecosystem value on the Green, Yampa, Colorado, and Gunnison have new protections that secure flows.
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WE ADVANCE CLEAN ENERGY AND REDUCE CLIMATE POLLUTION

To decarbonize electricity production and electrify other sectors of the economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 120 million ton, WRA is working to ensure:

  • Each of the eight major utilities in our region are committed or required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production by 80% or more by 2030, as compared to a 2005 emissions baseline.
  • Utilities in our region have invested at least $700 million in transportation electrification efforts, with specific and quantifiable investments in low-income and disproportionately impacted communities.
  • Each of the eight major utilities in our region has a program to electrify end uses that are today served by natural gas.
  • Decision makers are actively considering at least one Western Regional Transmission Organization tariff proposal that incorporates WRA’s objectives to make the integrate more clean energy into the power grid by making energy markets more efficient and predictable.
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WE PROTECT LANDS, IMPROVE HABITAT AND ACCESS

To protect 30% of Western lands in each major ecoregion and ensure commitments are in place to achieve 50% protection by 2050, WRA is working to ensure:

  • New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado have: state goals and plans to protect 30 percent of lands by 2030 and 50 percent of land by 2050; the conservation financing necessary to fund these state goals and plans; the public policy to keep lands legally protected without federal action.
  • Diverse coalitions are actively working to pilot, implement, and sustain public participation in land management decisions, equitable and durable recreation access, and ensure commercial uses, where permitted, are sustainable on public lands.
  • Montana and Arizona have active coalitions working to get detailed and achievable state plans adopted.
  • Utah, Wyoming and Idaho have active coalitions with detailed and achievable state plans developed.

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