Our Rivers Depend on Land
Keeping our drinking water clean and our rivers healthy is one of TNC’s top priorities. The quality of our drinking water depends on the landscapes surrounding our rivers.
Around the world, 40 percent of the rivers that supply drinking water to the world’s cities flow through degraded landscapes.
“When we say ‘degraded’, we mean that water quality and river health have been negatively impacted in ways that hurt both people and wildlife,” says Nancy Smith of TNC’s Colorado River Program. “Luckily, we can often reverse these trends.”
By improving the health of the lands around our water sources, we can improve water quality, restore reliable water flows and bring added benefits, like boosting agricultural productivity, to local wildlife and communities.