Rio Grande Return

Protecting New Mexico’s rivers, streams, springs, seeps, and the unique habitats and diverse wildlife they support.

In the spirit of stewardship

Our mission is based upon the recognition that our rivers and springs are not only necessary, but that they are sacred – the life-source upon which all human and biotic communities depend. This sensibility is recognized by the Puebloan people whose stewardship of these waters, in all their various cycles and meandering forms, is cultivated as a relationship with Avanyu, the Puebloan life-giving spirit of water. Rio Grande Return joins in this spirit of stewardship. We are committed to better understanding, and to actively working to protect and restore, our watersheds, waters, and the native plants and wildlife that have evolved over millions of years in relationship to the sacred waters of the arid Southwest.

As as non-profit, we rely on financial support from the community in order to continue this important work. Please join us in our commitment to protect and restore our streams and wetlands by making a tax deductible donation. Volunteer opportunities to help on restoration projects arise from time to time so click here to get on the mailing list and get involved.