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


Sandra Postel directs the independent Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues. She is also Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and serves as lead water expert for the Society's freshwater initiative. Sandra is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning Last Oasis, the basis for a PBS documentary. Her essay "Troubled Waters" was selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra is a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, and has been named one of the "Scientific American 50" for her contributions to water policy.
  • phil thompson

    People are more important than wetlands, change the people not the river. Ban grass, ban stupid farm watering, insist on chemical toilets and waterless urinals.

  • Richard Smith

    Too many people living in an arid climate.

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