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Read more about folks who've taken their passion for water and turned it into programs and projects that benefit us, the quality of critical water sources and habitats, and the planet.

  • 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: Zeb Hogan holds a taimen in Mongolia

    Zeb Hogan

    Zeb travels to the most endangered freshwater ecosystems striving to save critically endangered fish.

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    Sandra Postel

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

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    Alexandra Cousteau

    Alexandra has been an advocate for water issues most of her life—from field work in Panama to leading global water expeditions.

  • Photo: Kenny Broad, ecological anthropologist

    Kenny Broad

    Through a unique combination of underwater cave exploration and environmental anthropology, Kenny probes controversial problems ranging from climate change to inequity in natural resource management, focusing most recently on Blue Holes in the Bahamas.

  • Photo: Tsetsegee Munkhbayar

    Tsetsegee Munkhbayar

    Tsetsegee Munkhbayar spent his childhood herding yaks on the banks of the Onggi, one of Mongolia's largest rivers. But in the early 1990s this essential life source began shrinking, grew contaminated, and by 2001 its waters had vanished. Tsetsegee has started a movement to bring the river back.

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Why Care About Water?

The National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative is a multi-year global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.

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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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From National Geographic Magazine

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    Feed the World

    National Geographic explores how we can feed the growing population without overwhelming the planet in our food series.

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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