Filming the Colorado

The life source of the West seen through film The Colorado River is an amazing force of nature and a crucial resource for life in the West, but we all know that words… MORE ›

An Update From Our CEO

The Colorado River Gives Life Now we must give life back to the Colorado River. The Colorado River has been a life source for centuries. As the most iconic river in the West,… MORE ›

Mensaje más reciente del director ejecutivo

El río Colorado nos da vida Ahora debemos devolverle la vida al río Colorado. El río Colorado ha sido fuente de vida durante siglos. Como el río más icónico del Oeste y escultor… MORE ›

Water for the Environment

A lot can be done with just a little water Water is precious in the Colorado River system. It’s refreshing to dip your feet in a creek fed by spring’s snowmelt, but what… MORE ›

Agua para el medioambiente

Podemos hacer mucho con solo un poco de agua El agua es muy preciada para el ecosistema del río Colorado Es refrescante remojarse los pies en un arroyo alimentado por el deshielo primaveral,… MORE ›

Native Fish Make Six-mile Journey Down River

When you flush your toilet, you’re helping the recovery of native aquatic species. That may seem strange but let us explain. We’ve written about one of these species here before: the Gila topminnow.… MORE ›

Gunnison County Team. Pictured: David Baumgarten, Ashley Bembenek, Will Dujardin, Janet Farmer, Russ Forrest, Roland Mason, Julie Nania, Rachel Sabbato, with workshop facilitators, Faith Sternlieb, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy and Danielle McPherson, WaterNow Alliance
Teamwork Protects Water Resources

“We’re all in this together” is a spirit that has long sustained the communities of Gunnison County in western Colorado. Nestled in the Rockies and surrounded by national forests, Gunnison Valley is several… MORE ›

Capturing our Annual Fish Survey

On November 13, Sonoran Institute coordinated the annual fish survey at four locations along the Santa Cruz to determine which species are currently in the river. This multi-partner effort included staff from Arizona… MORE ›

Helping Gila Topminnow Swim Home

In 2015, we found about a dozen endangered Gila topminnow in the Santa Cruz River near Tubac. If you had told me then, that in 2020 I would help catch hundreds of the… MORE ›

An Update From Our CEO

A Clear Mandate for Nature More people voted in this year’s election than the last 100 years. Now is the time to hold elected officials accountable for promises to conserve Nature. The 2020… MORE ›

Flowing water in Denver, Colorado
Planning for an Uncertain Future around Water

In the arid West, there is much uncertainty around water. Falling water supplies. Growing cities and towns. Competing needs of farmers, cities, and tribes. Having enough water for wildlife.   These factors underscore that we live in a world rife with uncertainty—who would have guessed we… MORE ›

A Bridge Without Its River

It would be an easy site to miss, compared to nearby attractions like the de Anza Trail and the Santa Cruz River, but this cement ruin means something more to Diana. It was once a pedestrian bridge that spanned the wide Santa Cruz River, and Diana used to walk across this bridge to visit her grandmother on the other side. The bridge has been partially removed and is now almost completely forgotten; the river is no longer wide enough to need it.