Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, EDF focuses on practical and lasting solutions to serious environmental problems, forging partnerships to harness the power of market incentives. EDF has worked with partners in Mexico and the U.S. for over a decade to help protect and restore the lower Colorado River and the Colorado Delta. EDF’s Colorado River Project Director Jennifer Pitt (M.S., Environmental Studies) was instrumental in working with the U.S. and Mexican governments and conservation organizations to secure the environmental flow provisions included in the historic Minute 319, and EDF serves on the technical committee of the Colorado Delta Water Trust.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was created by Congress in 1984. It works with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. NFWF’s Western Water Program specializes in water rights transactions for environmental purposes, serving to restore critical freshwater habitats while addressing the needs of farmers and ranchers and the communities in which they live. They will also assist the Colorado River Delta Water Trust in water rights transaction management to ensure the purposes of Minute 319 are fully met.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy works in every state and 35 countries to protect the land and water on which all life depends. In their 60-year history, they have protected nearly 120 million acres, 5,000 miles of rivers and created more than 100 marine protected areas.
Pronatura, Noroeste, A.C. is a Mexican non-profit organization, founded in 1991 and operating as the regional chapter of Mexico's largest conservation organization, ProNatura, A.C. Protection and restoration of the Colorado River Delta has been a centerpiece of ProNatura Noroeste’s work for the last decade. Working with community, non-governmental and governmental partners, they have protected or restored over 1,600 acres of wetland and riparian areas in the Delta. ProNatura is a co-founder of the Colorado Delta Water Trust and currently provides staffing for the water transactions carried out by the Trust.
The Redford Center is committed to transforming social and environmental issues into films that inspire positive change. Founded by Robert Redford and his son James, the Redford Center specializes in collaboration with artists, advocates and philanthropists. In 2012, the Center released Watershed, a compelling film on the challenges and opportunities facing the Colorado River Basin. The film has been selected for and won prizes at 40 film festivals and has been screened at over 250 community events around the country and internationally.
The Sonoran Institute’s mission has been to inspire and enable community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America since 1990. As a central component of this mission, it works closely with communities, scientists and government decision-makers to help protect and restore riparian, wetlands and other habitats in the Colorado River Delta. The overall long-term goal of the Sonoran Institute’s program in the Delta, in conjunction with our partners, is to enhance, restore and maintain the Delta’s ecosystem for people and the environment.