Colorado River Basin
Restoring and protecting water supplies
The Colorado River supplies drinking water to more than 36 million people, and supports a thriving $26 billion recreation and tourism industry. From restoring aquifers and river flows to reducing demands, the Conservancy is working to create transformational change for the Colorado River and all who depend on it.
Mississippi River Basin
Supporting healthier rivers and a healthy gulf
Each year, massive amounts of nutrients from sewage treatment plants, farms and other sources run off into the river basin to the Gulf of Mexico, creating a massive gulf dead zone that chokes marine life and hampers human use. The Conservancy is working to target areas contributing the highest levels of runoff to restore the river basin and protect the gulf.
East Coast Dam Removal
Restoring rivers to their natural state
Thousands of outdated dams affect river flow, often cutting off the migrations of fish and other aquatic species completely. Many of these dams are no longer in service, but their impacts remain. Getting streams as close to their natural state as possible means they will be more effective and sustainable.
Sustainable Rivers Program
Balancing the needs of people and nature
Thousands of dams and other water infrastructure provide us with clean drinking water, flood protection, hydropower and even recreational opportunities. Many of these projects are in need of updates so they can provide a better water supply, safer and more efficient energy, and improved natural habitats for local wildlife.
It’s our planet, but this is your vote.
The three projects with the most votes will receive an additional $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 in funding, respectively. Every project receives a guaranteed base level of support, a portion of which will go toward administration of the mission of The Nature Conservancy, for a total of $1 million in funding.
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Together, we can preserve the ecosystem we all share.
The Nature Conservancy works to create solutions to the environment’s most pressing challenges, including the natural water supplies our communities and natural areas use each and every day. Tom’s of Maine is proud to partner with the Conservancy. Together, we can help protect our freshwater systems for future generations.
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