Capturing the Human Spirit of Riverside (Riparian) Restoration

Nathan Waggoner

Escalante River, Utah

For Nathan, the river is a place to go that clears his mind; a reprieve from the day-to-day bustle that comes with owning a business and a horse packing operation in Escalante, Utah.

Watch Nathan's story or read about his experience.

Chip Norton

Verde River, Arizona

“Having grown up in the desert Southwest, I feel a sense of wonder when I’m on moving water,” Chip says. “It’s all magical; the sound, the smell, and the touch.  When you overlay that with the abundance of wildlife that is concentrated around desert rivers and streams, it’s heaven on earth.”

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Bill Brandau

Gila River, Arizona

In Southeastern Arizona, Bill Brandau wears many hats: husband, father to four sons, and grandfather to eight grandkids; owner and operator of what he affectionately calls “Rancho Neglecto,” his small cattle farm near the Gila River; member of the Gila Watershed Partnership; and Director for the Graham County Cooperative Extension with the University of Arizona. Through these roles, Bill has developed a deep appreciation for the Gila River and has dedicated much of his time to help put this threatened waterway on a course to recovery. 

Watch Bill's story or read about his experience.

Emily Kasyon

Dolores River, Colorado

Emily's work on the Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado River, is helping put the 241-mile-long waterway on a healthier trajectory – one that benefits both wildlife and creates more economic opportunity for communities along its course.
Click on the images below to read stories of people restoring riverside lands.   
If you have questions or comments about the Riverside Stories series, please contact Cara, RiversEdge West's Communications and Education Director, at or call 970-256-7400. 
We would like to thank the Walton Family Foundation and Temper of the Times for providing funding for this series and to all the individuals and partnerships involved in creating this project.
Photography by Zach Mahone Photography. Videos by RCK Productions.