Restore Our Rivers

Tamarisk Coalition is coordinating an exciting initiative to invest in the long-term sustainability of nine watershed groups restoring six rivers throughout the Southwest and we want you to be involved!  
 
As we approach the end of the year, we need your help to reach the Restore Our Rivers' $2.42 M goal. Share this good work with your friends, and donate today!  Your investment will ensure that river protection continues and is sustained into the future.  Read on to learn more, or call (970) 256-7400.
 
 

Investing in Communities and Sustained River Health

Rivers throughout the Southwestern United States are imperiled by invasive plants and degraded native habitat.  Fortunately,  the efforts of local grassroots, collaborative stakeholder groups are the solution to revitalizing these rivers and managing invasive plants effectively over the long-term.  
 
One of the biggest challenges these local groups face is ensuring their own long-haul survival, such that their hard-fought conservation work is protected and continued.  To address this challenge, Tamarisk Coalition is leading the Restore Our Rivers initiative, a $2.42M fundraising campaign to invest in the long-term viability of nine local, multi-stakeholder groups working on distinct yet interconnected river segments along the:
  • Colorado and Dolores Rivers (western Colorado/eastern Utah),
  • Colorado’s Purgatoire River,
  • Rio Grande in New Mexico,
  • Escalante River in Utah,
  • Verde River in Arizona, and
  • Virgin River through Nevada and Arizona 
Funds raised through Restore Our Rivers are supporting critical restoration activities that are difficult to finance via traditional (governmental) funding programs, such as:
  • Restoration planning,
  • Project coordination,
  • Fundraising and outreach, and
  • Project monitoring and maintenance – e.g.  follow-up treatments of remaining weed infestations

Learn more about the Restore Our Rivers campaign here.

Accomplishments

Since launching Restore Our Rivers in 2016, donations to the campaign has helped these partnerships accomplish the following:  
  • The Dolores River Restoration Partnership continues to work towards developing a stewardship plan which will set the stage for community-based maintenance of the river into the future. 
  • The Desert Rivers Collaborative is developing an approach for continued maintenance on key stretches of the Colorado River, is working to coordinate projects with the Audobon Society to enhance endangered bird habitat and was recently awarded its first grant from Patagonia. 
  • The Escalante River Watershed Partnership grew its capacity by hiring an Administrative Assistant through Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP). Earlier this year, GSEP launch a successful campaign which attracted over $30,000 in donations to support their work. 
  • The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is successfully engaging its Board to develop a Resource Development Plan and has received financial support from the Aspen Ski Corporation, Alpine Bank, and individual donors. 
  • The Purgatoire Watershed Weed Management Partnership, with support from the Moore Charitable Foundation, is developing an innovative cost-share program that will incentivize landowner participation in riparian restoration on private land.  
  • The Southeast Utah Riparian Partnership is building its coordination capacity and is preparing to inventory previously treated sites and vegetative conditions along the Colorado River so as to update its restoration plan and has successfully brought in funding from new individual donors. 
  • The Save Our Bosque Task Force has hired its first paid staff person in 24 years to help coordinate programs and fundraising and has successfully brought in funding from the McCune Foundation, Friends of Bosque del Apache and individual donors. 
  • The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition and Friends of the Verde River Greenway have bolstered their capacity by merging with Verde River Basin Partnership and hiring a Communications Director and Executive Director (pending). With these positions filled FVRG will be able to pursue a focused resource development plan. 
  • The Lower Virgin River Integrated Watershed Management Planning Group has hired a facilitator and commenced pre-planning workshops to develop a charter and outline for the Integrated Watershed Management Plan. 

Join us in Restoring Our Rivers

Join the movement to restore rivers and make a donation to support the Restore Our Rivers campaign.  A gift of any amount will help communities throughout the Southwest enhance the health of rivers and, as a result, the quality of life for those of us fortunate enough to call this region home. 
 
To date, $1,339,940? (55% of the total goal) has been committed to this initiative including a commitment from all Tamarisk Coalition board members, Fire on the Mountain, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Big Agnes, Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Lawrence T and Janet T Dee Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and many anonymous contributors. 

 
 
 
"In my own (seemingly short) lifetime, I've seen native landscapes bulldozed, cleared, built upon, overgrazed, and become weed-infested. I know for a fact that there is significantly less native land in the west than 40 years ago when I began my career as an ecologist. If the trend continues, what will we have left in my daughter's or granddaughter's later years? Pavement, cheatgrass, and roaches?  I am motivated to try to stop the downward trend in healthy landscapes."
 
- Marilyn Kastens, Navarro, Contractor to U.S. Department of Energy, and Restore Our Rivers Partner
 

 

Tamarisk Coalition's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.

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