Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands

We protect water resources for birds and people.

Water for people and birds.

Audubon works to ensure that we have clean and abundant water in rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, and marshes in landscapes where this is paramount to birds’ survival. Audubon connects science, policy, and advocacy to provide measurable and scalable impact.

How We Work, Where We Work

Audubon helps restore freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and land around the saline lakes of the Intermountain West, and works with federal and local officials to secure funding to keep these vital areas protected and productive.

Audubon's Work on Water Issues

Explore the Habitats along the Lower Colorado River
June 13, 2024 — Audubon StoryMap guides vewers along the Lower Colorado River, highlighting its importance for birds and people.
Colorado River Flowing in Its Delta Again, But Restoration Hangs in the Balance
May 21, 2024 — Revived river depends on consensus in binational and domestic negotiations for river management after 2026.
How Audubon is Working to Protect Wetlands a Year After Supreme Court Gutted Protections
May 21, 2024 — Wetlands and small water bodies are critical for birds and need renewed support.
Conservation Efforts for Rio Grande and Great Salt Lake Covered in Latest Water Report
May 21, 2024 — Key water publication highlights two Audubon projects.
Protecting the Rivers of New Mexico
May 20, 2024 — New Mexico rivers named most endangered in U.S.