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.
Every Drop Counts!
We live in a watery world, with the average American lifestyle fueled by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day.
What may come as a surprise is that very little of that—only five percent—runs through toilets, taps, and garden hoses at home. Nearly 95 percent of your water footprint is hidden in the food you eat, energy you use, products you buy, and services you rely on.
Find out your water footprint, then pledge to dry it out, joining other nationalgeographic.com users who have already committed to saving thousands of gallons.
The more we save, the more water we leave for healthy ecosystems and a sustainable future.
More About Water Conservation
Check out our kid-friendly water calculator, and see if you rank as a water wiz or if you're waterlogged.
How much water does it take to put beef, pork, wheat, and more on your plate? Explore our water footprint interactive and find out.
The average American lifestyle demands 2,000 gallons a day to support, with 70 percent of that going to support our diets—more than twice the global average for daily use.
From toilets to tubs, roughly 60 percent of a home's water consumption takes place in the bathroom. If you have an eye on water use, start here.
It’s hardly in a water-short region, so it may come as a surprise that Boston, Massachusetts, stands out as one of the biggest success stories in urban water conservation in the U.S.
From dams in Patagonia and drought in Pakistan to the business of bottled water and the H20 footprint of a beer, visit National Geographic News' special series on the world's water challenges.
Change the Course Infographic
Check out this infographic and learn how you can conserve water and save the Colorado River, as well as other freshwater ecosystems.
NG's Freshwater Advocates
Sandra is a leading authority on international freshwater issues and is spearheading our global freshwater efforts.
He's paddled the Colorado River from its headwaters to the delta, in an effort to bring awareness to this mighty river at risk.
For more than 15 years, Osvel Hinojosa Huerta has been resurrecting Mexico's Colorado River Delta wetlands.