Jen is the Wild Rivers Program Director for Wild Earth Guardians (an environmental nonprofit). She grew up playing and falling in the rivers of New Mexico, and now she spends her time advocating for the Rio Grande. She told me about water rights, policy changes, and the public trust.
I asked her, "Are rivers worth conserving?"
"Absolutely. For me it's not even a question."
"If you ask anyone who's floated a section of a river or spent that connective time in nature; they'll fight hard to make sure that doesn't go away. The challenge is to get people away from their everyday routines to see these beautiful places.
We have all these things we take for granted and they only exist because of conservation."