Western Rivers Action Network

Healthy rivers are essential to our livelihoods and wildlife

Photo: Jonathan Buford

Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) is Audubon's multi-state grassroots effort to protect rivers.

In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life. Western rivers, like the Colorado River and its tributaries, provide water for tens of millions of people, including Native American tribes and the major cities of Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix, and Tucson. The Colorado River also irrigates nearly six million acres of farms and ranches.

We aren’t alone in our reliance on western rivers. Many birds and wildlife depend on these riparian habitats. The Colorado River and its tributaries support some of the most abundant and diverse bird communities in the arid West, serving as home to some 400 species.

Unfortunately, western rivers are at risk. Ongoing drought, diversions, and demand are triggering declines in water supply as well as declines in cottonwood-willow forests and native marsh river habitat. Many of the birds that depend on these rivers and habitat, such as the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell’s Vireo, are in decline.

However, together we can help. We can advocate for conservation actions that maintain river and groundwater levels, enhance the health of our environment, restore valuable habitat, and promote reliable water supplies for humans, birds, fish, and wildlife. 

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Birds That Rely on Western Rivers

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Western Rivers Action Network

Join the Western Rivers Action Network

Whether you are an individual or part of an organization, WRAN can help you become a powerful advocate for Arizona's rivers!

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Highlighted WRAN Partners
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Highlighted WRAN Partners

The health of the Colorado River and its tributaries depends on collaboration

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Take Action for Western Rivers
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Take Action for Western Rivers

Stop by periodically to stay up to date on how you can stand up for rivers across the Colorado River Basin. Take action today!

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Western Rivers Brewers' Council
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Western Rivers Brewers' Council

If whisky is for drinking and water is for fighting over, then craft beer is for bringing people together

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WRAN Resources
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WRAN Resources

Learn the information you need to know to help protect Arizona's rivers!

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Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline
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Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline

The first comprehensive look at the unprecedented impact of western water loss and climate change on birds

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March 2018 Tribal Restoration Forum
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March 2018 Tribal Restoration Forum

A deep dive into water and habitat restoration on tribal lands

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Water in the News
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Water in the News

In the arid west, it's not unusual for water issues to make the news.  

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Fact Sheets
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Fact Sheets

Looking for more information about YOUR local river? Check out our Arizona River Fact Sheets to learn all you will need to know and more!

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WRAN Events
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WRAN Events

Jump in before it's too late!      

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Statewide Water Planning
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Statewide Water Planning

Giving rivers a voice in the ongoing discussion

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