Our daily consumption of freshwater is depleting rivers and groundwater around the world, including the iconic Colorado River. You can help save the Colorado, and other freshwater ecosystems, by taking a pledge to conserve water. Pass along the message by sharing the infographic below—it's not too late to Change the Course!



Help Save the Colorado River

You can help restore freshwater ecosystems by pledging to cut your water footprint. For every pledge, Change the Course will restore 1,000 gallons back to the Colorado River. Text "River" to 77177 or click here:

Education Resources

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    Freshwater Collection

    See a selection of over 100 freshwater resources from National Geographic Education.

  • Photo: Colorado River at Lake Powell

    Teacher's Guide

    This guide on Earth's Freshwater provides a solid introduction to freshwater in an accessible and reader-friendly manner.

  • Photo: Colorado River snaking through rocks at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.

    Freshwater Activities

    Explore the relationships between rivers and early settlement patterns.

  • Photo: Salt River

    American Wetlands

    Get muddy with a wade through states, territories, and commonwealths in this Geo-Story.

Freshwater Advocates

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    Sandra Postel

    Sandra is a leading authority on international freshwater issues and is spearheading our global freshwater efforts.

  • Photo: Jon Waterman at the end of the Colorado River

    Jonathan Waterman

    He's paddled the Colorado River from its headwaters to the delta in an effort to bring awareness to this mighty river at risk.

  • Photo: Osvel Hinojosa Huerta

    Osvel Hinojosa Huerta

    For more than 15 years, Osvel Hinojosa Huerta has been resurrecting Mexico's Colorado River Delta wetlands.

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Water: A Special Issue

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