IWJV Produces On-the-Ground Results for Western Habitat Conservation
Irrigated lands comprise over 60 percent of wetland habitat in the snowpack-driven systems of the Intermountain West. These lands provide vital habitat for migratory birds, sustain floodplain function, and recharge aquifers, but are at risk of fragmentation from rural subdivision, competing water demands, and the ongoing impacts of climate change.
Our friends at the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) believe in forging productive, lasting relationships built on trust and respect with a diversity of partners, fostering innovations in their work, and producing tangible, on-the-ground results for habitat conservation across private and public lands in the West.
Water 4 emerged in 2019 from conservation work already in action around the Intermountain West. What was once an initiative is on the radar at the highest levels of government and is increasingly bringing new investments from key agencies to support locally led conservation efforts. Yet, now more than ever, drought and climate change are fundamentally altering the valuable wetland and irrigated agricultural lands that are imperative to the future of migratory birds, wildlife and fisheries, and people.
This fall, the IWJV hosted a journalist workshop along the path of Utah’s Bear River. Check out this incredible story from one of those reporters about IWJV’s science and staff.
Don’t miss this feature from the Salt Lake Tribune : “Flood irrigation uses Great Salt Lake water. It could also save its ecosystem”.