Fish, birds, and other wildlife depend on clean water, just as people do.

NRDC works with government agencies, businesses, and local communities to develop strategies that protect and restore important waterways. We help growing populations and economies secure the water supply they need without draining nearby rivers, lakes, and streams—ensuring that there is enough water flowing to keep these ecosystems intact and healthy.

What We're Doing

Policy Solution

Diverting water for cities and agriculture has put our ecosystems at risk. We help develop strategies for keeping our rivers and lakes healthy while providing adequate water supplies for growing populations and economies.

Policy Solution

With politicians wanting to gut the Endangered Species Act, we fight to preserve the law, which has helped save hundreds of species from overfishing, habitat loss, and other dangers.

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