River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective, and courageous champions for our rivers.


We’re proud to offer this free to access, easy to understand toolkit, a step-by-step guide for addressing litter in your community, both before and after it reaches your local waterway. Within, you’ll find a variety of strategies, activities, and specific devices. Whether you’re a community organization, concerned citizen, or local decision-maker, Waste in Our Waters will walk you through assessing your community’s aquatic litter issues, planning a cleanup effort, choosing a litter capture device, responsibly disposing of the waste you collect, and more. And, the strategies included can be applied across the country.

Learn more and download the toolkit.

Meet Your Network

Meet the heroes safeguarding water for our families and communities. We invite you to get to know some outstanding water champions taking action for clean water and healthy rivers from coast to coast. Get to know our network.


River Network stands in solidarity with the Black community and believes all people have a right to clean and safe water, and the right to feel safe everywhere. We are committed to inclusion as one of our core values and to promoting a sense of belonging for all, regardless of race. We encourage you join us in learning to recognize and to challenge the ways in which racism, inequality, and privilege intersect with our work in conservation and commit to sharing resources that help us all be catalysts and partners in building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive movement for our nation’s waters.

Click here for a living, evolving library of EDI resources.

Map: Who Protects Water?

River Network’s searchable water protectors map helps communities and local water supporters connect. Search it, link to it, share it, and embed it on any website! (If your water organization is not already on the map, sign up for a free River Network membership to be included.)