“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.