Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is a non-profit environmental law and policy organization. With offices in six states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Idaho), we have developed strategic programs focusing in three areas: Water, Energy and Lands. Each of our programs is committed to curtailing climate change.
Western Resource Advocates' mission is to protect the West's land, air, and water. Our team of lawyers, scientists, and economists works to: 1) promote a clean energy future that reduces pollution and the threat of global warming; 2) restore degraded river systems and to encourage urban water providers to use existing water supplies more efficiently in order to meet human needs while protecting rivers, streams, and aquifers; and 3) protect public lands across the region from the threats of energy development. Across our programs, we empower local conservation groups and seek opportunities to partner with others who share our goal of protecting the western way of life. WRA recognizes that success can only come from working collaboratively with other conservation groups, business, hunters and fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and all those who seek a sustainable future for this remarkable part of the country.
- Protect the West's rivers, including the Cache le Poudre, Colorado, Green, Gunnison, Verde, White, Yampa, San Pedro, and Gila.
- Ensure safe, clean water for Western cities including 11 in Colorado, 4 in Utah, and 6 in Arizona.
- Preserve Utah's Great Salt Lake and the 5 million water birds that rely on the lake.
- Safeguard lands and communities across the West from poorly planned or sited oil and gas drilling, fracking, and oil shale and tar sands development.
- Defend the West's threatened lands and recreation heritage from impacts associated with energy development that can fragment habitat, harm wildlife, and impair air and water quality.
- Create a clean energy future based on the West's vast renewable resources, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and sound placement of energy projects and transmission.
- Protect the region from the threats of climate change by reducing pollution from the power sector.
- Develop approaches to ensure that the West's communities and resources are resilient to climate change impacts.
- Promote energy choices, such as wind and solar, that use little water.