Water is vital to our planet and to our national parks. From active wetlands and tranquil oceans to all the water you can’t even see when you’re in a park, water contributes to our parks’ ecosystems, supporting vegetation and creating habitat for fish and wildlife. Water is also used by visitors and staff in parks – we need water to drink, cook, and keep parks clean. Freshwater is a vital limited resource in parks, and it’s our responsibility to preserve it. 

The National Park Foundation (NPF)'s support of water conservation helps support projects that save water and, in turn, energy. From installing low-flow toilets and faucets to decrease water usage to implementing rainwater catchment systems or semi-permeable pavers in campgrounds, NPF’s support of water conservation projects help NPS integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of operations.

Recent Highlight

Washington Monument at night

Illuminating the Washington Monument

In 2019, a partnership between NPF and Musco Lighting supported the installation of LED lights to evenly and uniformly distribute light around the Washington Monument, making the monument more visible while reducing energy consumption and minimizing light pollution in the nation’s capital.