Director, Colorado River Program
Areas of expertise: Colorado River Basin, Colorado River Delta, water policy, irrigation efficiency, rivers and deltas
Jennifer Pitt manages EDF’s efforts on the Colorado River, to protect and restore the delta and reform water policy throughout the basin. She works with water users throughout the Colorado River Basin to develop practical programs to restore river habitats and, critically, to dedicate water to environmental resources.
Jennifer's expertise includes the legal and policy framework for Colorado River management, the economics of water use and water transfers, and the science of river restoration. She is also an expert on U.S.-Mexico shared resource management of the Colorado River Delta, as she helped negotate the bi-national Minute 319 water-sharing agreement that allowed for the 2014 Colorado River Delta pulse flow.
Jennifer has represented EDF in several multi-party water negotiations, including a successful effort to find common ground between water users in Arizona and environmental interests concerning the future of the Yuma Desalting Plant.
Jennifer has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Before Jennifer joined EDF in 1999, she worked on river restoration for the National Park Service and as a legislative aide to Congressman Mike Kopetski (OR-5). She has also worked as a ranger at Mesa Verde and Sequoia National Parks.
- Living with Ourselves: What trade offs will get made to supply growing Western communities with water, and who decides? (Graff and Pitt, Environmental Law Reporter, 2008)
- Alternatives for Restoring the Colorado River Delta (Wheeler et al., Natural Resources Journal, 2007) Reconciling Environmental and Flood Control Goals on an Arid-Zone River: Case Study of the Limitrophe Region of the Lower Colorado River in the United States and Mexico (Glenn et al., Environmental Management, 2007)
- Dredging for Diplomacy? Colorado River Management at the United States-Mexico Border (Pitt, Global Business and Development Law Journal, 2006)
- Conservation Priorities in the Colorado River Delta, United States and Mexico (Zamora et al., Sonoran Institute publication)
- New Water for the Colorado River: Economic and Environmental Considerations for Replacing the Bypass Flow (Pitt et al., Water Law Review, 2002)
- Can we save the Colorado River Delta? (Journal of Arid Environments, 2001) Application of the Endangered Species Act across international borders: the case of the Colorado River Delta (Nagler et al., Environmental Science and Policy, 2000)
- Two Nations, One River: Managing Ecosystem Conservation in the Colorado River Delta (Pitt et al., Natural Resource Journal, 2000)