In the Western U.S. riparian areas comprise less than 1% of the land, but provide important habitat which hundreds of bird species rely upon, especially during the breeding season.  There have been many great success stories about how rivers, in urban, rural and wild areas, have been restored.  From the Potomac River in Washington D.C. to the San Pedro River and the Colorado River Delta on the Mexican border, many agencies and non-profit conservation organizations, such as American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Audubon Society, include a focus on river restoration.  Restoring a river can be as simple as cleaning up trash along banks and planting native tree cuttings, or more involved like fencing out cattle, reducing water pollution, negotiating retention of water in rivers for wildlife, or even removing dams.  For the simple actions, track down a local partner doing river restoration to see if you can help on a work day this summer!


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