Why Do We Need to Protect Rivers?

Rivers flow through our country’s history and culture. They are vital to our health and our lives, every day.

Clean water is essential to our health and rivers provide more than two-thirds of our drinking water supplies.

Rivers are economic engines for communities, providing water for agriculture and industry. River-related recreation and tourism contributes over $97 billion to the U.S. economy.

Water is a smart investment in our communities and our future. Every $1 spent on water infrastructure in the U.S. generates nearly $3 to the private economy.

Healthy rivers are vital to fish and wildlife and support outdoor activity and healthy lifestyles.

We all need healthy rivers

Rivers flow through our country’s history and culture. They are vital to our health and our lives, every day. Why are they important?

Your region

Learn about rivers in your backyard and how you can get involved in river conservation efforts.

Discover your river

Discover why healthy rivers are important. From the water cycle to choosing your next adventure, explore with us here!

#WeAreRivers

We want to hear your river story! Share your favorite river photo or story and connect with our community.

River films

Watch our series of films that use creative storytelling to spark action for rivers.

“America is a great story and there is a river on every page of it.” Charles Kuralt #weareriversClick To Tweet