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The Freshwater Initiative

Join us on a multi-year global effort to inspire communities to conserve freshwater and the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.Learn More »

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Megafishes Project

The Megafishes Project represents the first worldwide attempt to document and protect the planet's freshwater giants. Learn more about these endangered fish.

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Water News

From dams in Patagonia and drought in Pakistan to the business of nuclear cooling and the H20 footprint of a beer, visit National Geographic News' special series on the world's water challenges.

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    Stories From the Field

    From rainwater harvesting in one Indian village to an aggressive conservation program in an American city, communities around the world are finding ways to manage the water demands of growing populations and expanding economies. Read their stories.

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    Freshwater Photos

    Stunning images of freshwater landscapes and life show the surprising diversity of brilliant colors and unexpected subjects.

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    Meet Freshwater Heroes

    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.

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    National Geographic Magazine

    Everyday wonders reflect the primacy of water. Read more from National Geographic magazine about water's critical role in the health of humanity and the planet.

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  • How Much Water Per Pound?

    How much water does it take to put beef, pork, wheat, and more on your plate? Explore our newest interactive and find out.

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  • Freshwater Videos

    See water and freshwater life in action, and hear stories from people who, like you, are connected to water every day through ritual, household use, and conservation.

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Support a Water Project

Use National Geographic's Action Atlas to immerse yourself in improving the planet's freshwater resources and protecting its aquatic species.

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    Amazon Headwaters

    Help protect this watershed--for the species that live there and the livelihoods that depend on it.

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    Cambodia's Crocodiles

    Help give the endangered Siamese croc a fighting chance by combating hunting and habitat loss.

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    The Chesapeake Bay

    Help stem the tide of pollution flowing into the Bay and smothering aquatic species.

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    Arizona Irrigators Share Water

    Farmers Use New Technology to Help the Environment

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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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    Freshwater Hero: Pete McBride

    Pete is a photographer and visual storyteller with an emphasis on freshwater conservation.

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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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    Osvel Hinojosa Huerta

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

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