Securing abundant water supplies
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
Finding flexible solutions to water scarcityEDF experts like Jennifer Pitt are transforming the way water is used in the Colorado River Basin by pushing for flexible systems like irrigation efficiency and water banking instead of the outdated “use it or lose it” method.
Using science to find the best steps to restorationIn 2014, EDF, our partners and the governments of the U.S and Mexico planned and launched a historic “pulse flow” of water that was designed to mimic, at a reduced scale, the kind of periodic floods that inundated the Colorado River Delta for eons. We’re investigating the success of the pulse flow to plan a path forward to restoration.
Restoring vital riverside habitat with unlikely partnersVast swaths of riverside habitat in California’s Central Valley have been lost, threatening species like the Swainson’s Hawk and Chinook salmon. Because most of the land in this region is privately held, we’re reaching out to ranchers and farmers to help them get paid for restoring or maintaining habitat as part of the Central Valley Habitat Exchange.