From Our Members

Blog posts and latest happenings from our coalition members.


Proposition DD marks a major water win in the West

Environmental Defense Fund

Water in Colorado — one of the state’s most important natural resources — scored a major win today when voters approved Proposition DD. Prop. DD will provide up to $29 million a year for water projects from revenue raised by legalizing and taxing sports betting.


Why WRA Supports Proposition DD

Western Resource Advocates

We need lots more funding to implement Colorado’s Water Plan; Prop DD is a solid first step.

Why American Rivers supports Proposition DD– and you should too! 

American Rivers

In order to fully implement Colorado’s Water Plan, additional funding is needed to drive the Plan’s priorities.


International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River

Audubon Arizona 

Why fixing a nine-mile sewage pipe is crucial for people and birds.


This creative tax is a good bet for Colorado’s water future. Here’s why.

Environmental Defense Fund 

Here’s a pop quiz: What are two finite resources in the West?

If you answered money and water, you win. 

6 Ways to Make Dams Easier to Remove 

American Rivers

American Rivers has 20 years of experience freeing rivers from unnecessary dams. Here’s our advice on how to take the dam removal movement to the next level.

Colorado River Basin story map highlights importance of managing water below the ground

Environmental Defense Fund

The Colorado River is a water workhorse for seven western states, supplying drinking water to 40 million people. But it’s not the region’s only important source of water.


How Craft Beer Is Helping Save Water In the Colorado River Basin

Audubon Arizona 

The Western Rivers Brewers Council continues to be an integral partner of Audubon Arizona’s dedication to a sustainable water future.

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Sonora Rising 

American Rivers 

Water and wheat — foundations of life for millennia. In the American Southwest’s arid Sonoran Desert, water flows across Arizona from more than 300 miles away to quench the thirsts of more than four million people and sustain the food, economy, and livelihoods they rely on every day. 


Heeding a Spiritual and Sacred Call to Protect the Colorado River

Walton Family Foundation

Native American tribes are seeking a greater voice as stewards of a river that’s been home for millennia
Water is life. Water is the giver and sustainer of life.

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Resilience on the river

Environmental Defense Fund

The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona played a critical role in a historic seven-state agreement to conserve water from the Colorado and build a more resilient future in the face of a nearly two-decade drought.

August 2019 Newsletter

Business for Water Stewardship

We encourage you to take time this week to think about your business’ water footprint and how BWS can help you maximize your water stewardship.


What It's Like to Catch and Band a Yuma Ridgway’s Rail

Audubon Arizona 

It’s a hot evening, and the mosquitos near the marsh are terrible. But, it’s worth it to try and band the elusive Yuma Ridgway’s Rails on the Gila River—for science, and because I love seeing these birds up close. We listen closely for their “Kek” calls.


The Drought Contingency Plan is authorized. What’s next for the Colorado River Basin

Western Resource Advocates 

Can we make the changes needed to avoid crisis on the Colorado River? 

Ranching in the new normal

American Rivers

After 19 years of drought in the Colorado River basin, many experts are calling this prolonged drying out of the southwest by a new name – aridification. Drought implies there’s an end, what if there’s not?