Rio Grande Resilient Basin Report Card

Rio Grande Resilient Basin Report Card

WWF with partners in the region will be developing a ‘Resilient Basin Report Card’ to assesses the challenges in the Upper Rio Grande sub-basin and provide recommendations on climate-smart responses to address them. This two-year effort will deliver the benefits of basin report cards while underscoring the imperative of a climate-changed future and providing guidance for the way forward, by combining the report card methodology with Freshwater Resilience by Design, an innovative freshwater scenario analysis approach. The report card provides a picture of the river system’s health using clear concepts and fact snapshots to inform communities, managers, companies, government officials, and decision makers. And under the Freshwater Resilience by Design approach modeling of hydro-economic-ecological variables under different scenarios will assess climate vulnerabilities and tests how different actions could impact the basin at large. These scenarios will provide a series of alternative paths for the future of the basin, as well as recommendations for which actions can best “raise the grade” and mitigate factors such as climate change and population growth.


Key Personnel

Heath Kelsey
Program Director
Alexandra Fries
Program Manager
Nathan Miller
Science Communicator
Simon Costanzo
Science Integrator


  • Start: 2020-07-01
  • Finish: 2022-07-01
  • Duration: 2 years


Funding Agencies