The Intermountain West is mostly publicly owned but approximately 70 percent of its emergent wetlands occur on private land. These privately-owned habitats are typically associated with irrigated agriculture on working ranches and farms in landscapes important to wildlife, native fish, and people.
Water 4 emerged from amazing conservation work currently underway throughout the Intermountain West. To support and expand these efforts, Water 4:
-Builds the field delivery capacity to implement conservation
-Communicates the stories of success, challenges, and opportunities on a flyway scale
-Transfers science to partners in ways that can inform conservation investments on the ground
-Grows funding and catalyzes innovation
Water 4 implementation is accelerating water and wetlands conservation and developing transferable models across the West.
By identifying new conservation opportunities and funding sources to support conservation of working wet meadows, Water 4 builds partnerships among agricultural and conservation organizations, identifies synergistic opportunities, and expedites and expands conservation delivery. Water 4 strives to develop effective communications to help the agricultural community tell the story of the value of working wet meadows in the Intermountain West and destigmatize flood irrigation practices.