Help Return the Colorado River to the Sea

Imagine if one day you couldn’t get home.  Your journey stopped short of where you were supposed to be.

That’s the story of the iconic Colorado River, which sculpted the Grand Canyon and today sustains 30 million people, but now stops flowing 90 miles before reaching the sea, its final destination.

With partners, Change the Course is working to restore the Colorado’s flow and revitalize wetlands in its Delta — crucial habitats for numerous species of birds and wildlife.

You can help.

Thanks to our sponsors, for every free pledge made, Change the Course returns 1,000 gallons to a depleted part of the Colorado River Basin.

So watch this 40-second video.  And yes, that’s me in the canoe – and National Geographic Explorer Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta keeping an eye and ear out for the elusive Yuma clapper rail, an endangered bird that calls the Delta home.

Please join us.  Check out our website or text “River” to 77177 – and take the pledge.

Together we can change the course.

Special thanks to Silk and Coca-Cola, Charter Sponsors for Change the Course. Additional funding generously provided by the Walton Family Foundation.


Returning the Colorado River to the Sea


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Meet the Author
Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. From 2009-2015, she served as Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Sandra is also co-creator of Change the Course, the national water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 US Water Prize for restoring billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands. The recipient of several honorary degrees, she works to bridge science, policy, and practice to promote innovative ways of securing water to meet both human and ecosystem needs.