Who we are

Our members represent a broad range of businesses that depend upon and care about a healthy and flowing Colorado River system. Over 1,100 businesses from wineries and bed & breakfasts to banks and Fortune 500 companies support our efforts to promote common sense solutions to protect the Colorado River.

PTF is the voice for businesses that rely on and support the river.

Our members are Fortune 500 companies and main-street retailers who support common sense solutions to water challenges facing the southwest. We understand that common sense policies will keep enough water in the Colorado River Basin to support and sustain the environment, business, recreation and the overall quality of life in the region.

The river is vital to the economies of the seven-state region through which it flows. Our study done with ASU shows that the river generates $1.7 billion in economic output, supports $871 in wages and 16 million jobs are reliant on the river. The River sends water to the taps of 40 million Americans and irrigates 5.7 million acres of farmland. These and other economic opportunities are at risk if demand on the river’s resources continues to outstrip supply. Read more about our efforts to engage the business voice for the Colorado River here.

Watch the PTF Video (featured on the Wall Street Journal site) that explains who we are and what we are all about.

In addition to the over 1,100 businesses that provide their support and voice for our work Protect the Flows has 4 staff members:

Craig Mackey joined Protect the Flows in 2013. He comes most recently from the Outdoor Industry Association where he led policy and lobbying efforts in Washington, DC and the state level. He has 30 years of experience in public policy and government affairs and draws on this work as the Co-Director to build a unique business voice to promote a healthy and flowing Colorado River. He can be reached at craig@mackeypartners.com
Fall 2016
Molly Mugglestone has been with Protect the Flows since its inception in 2011. She began as the Colorado organizer and she became Co-Director in 2012 to coordinate the efforts of the group across the seven basin states. She brings 15 years of public policy, nonprofit advocacy and public affairs experience to her work bringing the business voice for the Colorado River to policy makers. She can be reached at molly@protectflows.com.
Ann Tartre joined Protect the Flows in 2013 as the Director of Corporate Partnerships.  She has over 15 years of experience in environmental policy, philanthropy and community and economic development issues. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Equinox Center, a regional sustainability think tank where she built strong partnerships with large and small businesses to advance quality of life in the San Diego region.  Ann lives in Southern California and can be reached at ann@protectflows.com.
Nicole Gonzalez Patterson joined Protect the Flows in 2014 as the Arizona State Director. She is an experienced attorney, with strong public policy, advocacy and government relations experience, with strong ties to the business community in Arizona. As an advocate, Nicole brings over 8 years of developing, building and managing coalitions, and experience leading stakeholder groups. Nicole is working to engage the business community in Arizona on behalf of the Colorado River. She can be reached at nicole@pattersonpublicaffairs.com.

Our members represent a broad range of businesses that depend upon and care about a healthy and flowing Colorado River system. Over 1,100 businesses ranging from wineries and bed & breakfasts to banks to Fortune 500 companies have lent their support our efforts to promote common sense solutions to protect the Colorado River. Here are profiles of some of those leading corporations and businesses. You can also click here to see the complete list.

Protect the Flows is a member of a number of Chambers of Commerce.


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Protect the Flows is proud to collaborate with Change the Course, a campaign that leverages individual water reduction pledges and corporate dollars to put water back into the threatened Colorado River basin. CLICK HERE to find out more.


Corporate Advisors

Corporate Advisory Council

Protect the Flows is advised by a volunteer group of business people who provide feedback and guidance on our events, communication and engagement efforts, and policy recommendations.  We are grateful for the willingness of the following individuals and companies to share their time, ideas and advice on how to ensure a healthy, flowing Colorado River.



Business of Water Summit

This March 30-31 Protect the Flows, Change the Course and senior executives from leading companies, water & power utilities and dignitaries gathered for the third Business of Water summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

Read more about the summit here

ASU Study on Economics of the River

New study from Arizona State University reveals that hanging in the balance of the health of the Colorado River system are more than $1.4 trillion in economic activity, $871 billion in wages, and 16 million jobs.

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