Western Rivers Action Network

Protecting the Colorado River basin.

In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of the land, the economy, and the area’s very way of life. Western rivers, like the Colorado River and its tributaries, provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the major cities of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Tucson.

Humans aren't alone in our reliance on western rivers; many birds in this region count on these rivers, streams and springs as well.

Unfortunately, the health of these rivers and the livelihood of the people and the wildlife that depend on them are in jeopardy. A combination of drought, invasive species, over-allocation, and unsustainable management are running our rivers dry. Many of the birds that depend on them, like the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell's Vireo, are in decline, and the future of the communities and economies surrounding the rivers is uncertain.

Together we can advocate for conservation actions that will increase river flow, enhance the health of the environment, and restore valuable wetlands and forests.

Join the Western Rivers Action Network as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for the birds, wildlife and people.


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