Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Organization Overview

BEF and has worked over the last decade to scope, develop, support, and design dozens of environmental water programs and projects across the Western U.S.

The organization has been instrumental in building an NGO-led environmental water stewardship movement around Western Water issues and volumetric flow solutions, and in March 2016, BEF merged with another NGO "Protect the Flows" working on Colorado River Basin policy (in collaboration with Ceres Connect the Drops campaign).

BEF collaborated in the creation of the nation’s only program (Change the Course) that provides corporations the opportunity to balance their water footprint by supporting projects that restore environmental flows, and has created criteria and program strategies to guide corporate, agency, and NGO work to restore, monitor, and track environmental and volumetric water benefits.

In addition to working in the environmental water stewardship space, BEF has deep experience serving corporations to a) develop and support net zero implementation strategies and b) implement programs and projects to achieve corporate water footprint objectives. BEF has supported dozens of companies, universities, and professional sports teams to develop, support, and monitor programs and projects that achieve Net Zero environmental water outcomes in the American West.

In addition, BEF currently participates in extensive relationships with funders, agencies, and NGOs designing and implementing environmental water stewardship projects across the Western U.S. BEF has reviewed, supported, and tracked dozens of projects with a broad portfolio of NGOs and BEF has extensive knowledge of current project development opportunities across the U.S.

Global Action Areas of Interest

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Projects on the Hub

Projects in Primary Basins appear in Blue.

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Basins of Interest

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Colorado

Overview: In partnership with National Geographic and Participant Media, BEF launched the "Change the Course" program in 2013, supporting water restoration projects from the headwaters of the Colorado all the way down to the Delta in Mexico.
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Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Local Water Resource Governance
Contact Info: Val Fishman
Email: vfishman@b-e-f.org
Phone: 5035533946

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Rio Grande

Overview: As BEF's Change the Course campaign expands throughout North America, we will continue to seek to support new projects in the Rio Grande and other regions of the U.S. We have supported one project that is a Rio Grande tributary.
Projects:

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Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Local Water Resource Governance
Contact Info: Val Fishman
Email: vfishman@b-e-f.org
Phone: 5035533946

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Sacramento - San Joaquin Basins - California

Overview: BEF supported one flow restoration project in Oregon (Sevenmile Creek) that flows into Northern California, and one meadow restoration project in the Sierra Nevadas that is material to Northern and Southern California. In late 2015, we began supporting additional restoration projects in California through the expansion of our Change the Course campaign. This included groundwater replenishment projects in partnership with Sustainable Conservation as well as The Nature Conservancy's Bird Returns project in the Sacramento Basin. As we continue to raise corporate funding for water stewardship projects in California, we will seek to fund additional projects.
Projects:

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Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Local Water Resource Governance
Contact Info: Val Fishman
Email: vfishman@b-e-f.org
Phone: 5035533946

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