Colorado River Watershed

I am a drop of cold, clear water, melting, falling from snowfields on the roof of the Rocky Mountains. Tumbling, I bind with other molecules in a rivulet, swept by a stream, slowed by mountain meadow, racing in swift current, confluence, then another, and more, my vital strength building. I am azure as the bluebird, I am cutthroat trout, condor, beaver, and sandhill crane. I am 40 million people and I feed the nation. My purpose is to flow downstream, and I am easily diverted, yet determined. My soul is life carried in current, all life, however connected to my force. I can be fury and impounded stillness, my intention unwavering. In six million years, I have carved the greatest canyon, flowed red, and doubled-back on myself through stone. I am life-giving, but not infinite. I am the Colorado River. Listen to me.

The Living River is a multi-year conservation story covering the 1,450 mile length of the Colorado River and watershed of 40 million people in collaboration with Braided River, Audubon Rockies, LightHawk, The Nature Conservancy New Mexico, and more conservation partners.

We are seeking support for our scalable Living River campaign. In addition to a coffee table-style conservation book, we are planning a traveling photo exhibit, nationwide presentations, educational conservation programs, an ESRI Story Map, social and earned media, and a dynamic website. We believe an in-depth study of the remarkable wild heart of the Colorado, our relationship to water in the west, and a values-based vision for long-term resilience in the imperiled Colorado River watershed is the right story for this moment.

Interested in supporting Living River? Just contact Dave thanks!