Western rivers: Assuring abundance
EDF is pioneering ways to keep rivers flowing in the era of climate change
Climate change, drought and growing populations are taking their toll on Western rivers and watersheds. That's why we're working with farmers, cities and other environmental groups to develop market solutions and other incentives that conserve water and preserve rivers.
Our current strategies
Restoring vital riverside habitatVast swaths of California’s Central Valley's riverside habitat have been lost, threatening wildlife like the rare Swainson's Hawk. With 75% of land being privately held, we've reached out to landowners along the Mokelumne River, including winegrowers, to restore the native habitat on which many species depend.
Finding flexible solutionsEDF experts like Jennifer Pitt are transforming the way water is used in the Colorado River Basin by pushing for flexible systems like water banking instead of the outdated "use it or lose it" method. We're also introducing new ways to restore habitat in this region that benefits both wildlife and landowners.
Forging ties with MexicoOnce called the American Nile, the Colorado River now peters out long before it reaches the sea at the Gulf of California. EDF has worked to change that by helping to forge an historic agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that re-establishes, on a pilot basis, a modest flow of water in the Colorado River delta, a first step toward the recovery of an ecosystem vital to wildlife and people.