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

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A Future for Birds and People in the Colorado River Basin

March 29, 2024 — Audubon and partner NGOs propose an alternative for post-2026 operations.

President Biden Elevates Importance of Wetlands, Clean Water for World Water Day

March 23, 2024 — Audubon supports new White House initiatives that will protect birds and communities.

Will the Colorado River States Agree?

March 07, 2024 — Consensus would bring better outcomes and avoid legal battles.

Replicating a Census from the Past to Protect Shorebirds of the Future

February 27, 2024 — Thirty years later surveying methods haven’t changed, but have the shorebirds we’re counting?

U.S. Geological Survey Releases ‘Integrated Science Strategy’ to Assess and Monitor Water Availability and Migratory Birds at Great Basin Saline Lake Ecosystems

February 27, 2024 — An important step forward toward informing and supporting coordinated conservation actions