“Conservation Doesn’t Happen Without Partnerships.”— U.S. Department of Interior SecretarySally Jewell

Raise the River is a unique partnership of six U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations committed to restoring the Colorado River Delta.

Photo: © Blue Legacy

Some of us have worked together for nearly two decades, conducting scientific studies on the Delta, using private funds to bring small amounts of water to the Delta, and involving local communities in pilot restoration projects.

In 2012, we hit a milestone. That’s when the U.S. and Mexican governments included Delta restoration provisions in an historic, binational water-sharing agreement known as Minute 319.

Raise the River will match each country’s commitment to provide water for the Delta, and will use water acquired through the Delta Water Trust to implement habitat restoration on a larger scale.

But we must act now. Minute 319 expires in 2017 unless it is extended or replaced by a more comprehensive, long-term agreement.

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Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $10 million by 2017.

The Colorado River is one of the hardest-working rivers on the planet. It’s been dammed and diverted so many times that it no longer flows regularly into the Gulf of California, leaving its once-fertile Delta on life support. Despite its current state, the Delta can be restored.

arid riverbed Photo: © Blue Legacy

Be a Part of History

If we can add a relatively small amount of water to the Colorado — less than 1% of its annual flow — we’ll be on our way to restoring 2,300 acres of forest and marsh along a 70-mile stretch of river, generating rural economic activities and job opportunities for local people, including river restoration, tourism, recreational hunting, and sport and commercial fisheries.

Help us breathe life back into the Delta and let’s watch it grow.

The money will be used to conduct essential restoration work, such as putting native trees in the ground, and for the purchase of permanent water rights dedicated to the Delta.

In meeting our goal, we will rebuild the habitats that support local communities and wildlife.

The Delta is the most broken reach of the Colorado. If we can fix the Delta, we can demonstrate that no place is beyond hope.

Join us in rewriting history. Let’s raise the river.



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