Our River | Our Leaders | Our Voices
Nuestro Río is working to educate our elected officials and our youth about the many ways that Latinos are connected to the Colorado River and help them to become advocates for a healthy river for future generations. Through our Regional Water Caucus and our Nuestro Río Youth Leaders, we are building a network of Latinos across the West to ensure that our voices are being heard in the debate over how to manage the Colorado River.
Importance of the River:
The large number of Latinos who live in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada are connected to the Colorado River in many different ways. We make up a large percentage of the 30 million people who rely on the river for drinking water. Our farmers need the water to irrigate their crops. Our families rely on the river for jobs and recreation opportunities. We also treasure our long-standing historical and cultural connections with the Colorado River.
Demand for River Water Exceeds the Supply of Water
The demand for Colorado River now exceeds the supply of water in the river. The challenges facing the river get bigger every year due to climate change, drought and population growth. The future of the river and everything in our community that depends on it is in jeopardy.
One out of every three people living in the states around the Colorado River is Latino and we must make sure that our voices are heard in the debates over how to preserve this valuable resource for our children and grandchildren.
Learn about the importance of the Colorado River