Drought's impact on Arizona's rivers could be dire, but WRAN's growing membership gives us hope! Photo: Jon Buford

WRAN News: April 2021

Water Issues Rise to the Surface

This year, the Utah legislature advanced a number of bills and resolutions focused on water, in an atypical session in the midst of the pandemic.

Audubon continues our work to help shape positive outcomes for Great Salt Lake and in the Colorado River Basin to protect birds and the many people who rely on these invaluable resources. Check out the highlights around water legislation and appropriations from the 2021 Utah legislative season.

A Bird (and People) Budget for Arizona's Legislature

With the American Rescue Plan Act on the way, combined with the funding from the previous two federal stimulus packages, Arizona’s state finances are looking stronger than expected. But we have no shortage of issues facing our state as we continue to grapple with water scarcity driven by climate change. Read to learn about more ways we can invest in Arizona's water and environment for the good of all people, wildlife, and our economy.

Around the West:


  • Colorado Residents TAKE ACTION by May 12Protect Water Quality for Colorado Birds and People: Birds and people unquestionably need clean water. Sign the petition asking the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to protect Colorado's water quality by not changing the antidegradation rule.
  • El Rito Grande: Conserving a Once-Mighty River: (May 13, 6pm MDT/ 7pm AZ) The Rio Grande in Central New Mexico is a very different river than it was historically. Join Audubon Southwest's Director of Freshwater Conservation, Paul Tashjian, as he walks us through how the Rio Grande functioned in its native state, how it was altered for societal needs, and how ecosystem function remarkably still remains today.

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Want to dig deeper into the issues affecting Arizona's Rivers and water? Check out the blog entries below:

(To see stories from across the Colorado River Basin, visit National Audubon's Western Water News page.)

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