The Natural Heritage Institute is a non-profit, public interest law firm and conservation advocacy organization founded in 1989. Our mission is to restore and protect the natural functions that support water-dependent ecosystems and the services they provide to sustain and enrich human life. We do this by developing innovative solutions using cutting-edge scientific, legal, and policy expertise. Our vision is to recreate a world where rivers function like rivers again in harmony with human needs.
NHI assists in nearly all stages of water management decision-making and approaches the decisions from an integrated systems perspective. Rivers are integrally related with surface waters, groundwaters, and their adjacent land ecosystems that support natural habitat and human communities. We analyze the flows in these interrelated water systems and recommend how the flows could be best optimized to serve the various interests that need water. We help to show how optimizing water usage leads to beneficial impacts that can be measured in both economic value and in healthy environmental conditions for all its inhabitants.
NHI's Strategic Plan