About RAC

The Rio Grande Advisory Council is a network of citizens - educators, students, professionals, land owners, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, and other stakeholders - who share a common concern for the conservation of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo watershed. We have established this network as a means to communicate, educate, and otherwise promote the sustainability of the watershed.

River Facts

The Rio Grande was listed by the WWF as one of the world's top ten most endangered rivers. Some scientists have predicted its extinction by the end of the 21st century.

The key threat to the Rio Grande is water extraction for agriculture and the increased human population and their water needs and abuses.

What will the RAC do? What services will we provide?

The RAC provides a communication tool for groups and organizations on both sides of the international border, which are actively engaged in Rio Grande/Rio Bravo watershed issues and concerns. We serve as a bi-national watershed stakeholder network, facilitating information-sharing among these groups through monthly conference calls, our website, networking, and an annual conference.

What does the RAC stand for? What is our agenda as an organization?

The RAC stands for The Rio Grande Advisory Council. The RAC promotes a sustainable water ethic for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo and its watershed. Through our networking services, we support policies, programs, citizens of both countries and initiatives which will advance a water ethic of improved stewardship for the interconnected water ecosystems on both sides of the border, which collectively comprise the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo watershed.

Financial Support

The RAC will seek direct funding from foundations and businesses within the watershed, and will seek indirect funding through partnerships with other regional water initiatives, e.g., the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo research project funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and the anticipated Rio Grande Environmental Management Program to be coordinated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.Also, all members donate at least $50 annually for program purposes.

  • Slideshow image 1 and 2: Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. © TW Commercial Photo. All rights reserved.
  • Slideshow image 3: Compilation of ocelot (left), silvery minnow (top right), and jaguarundi (bottom right). Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service image archive.