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Restoration and Reflection in the Umpqua Watershed

For 35 years Oregonians have celebrated their local rivers during River Appreciation days, and this year River Network staff were on hand to join in the fun. Started in the town of Roseburg, Oregon, in 1987 in response to concerns about the water quality degradation of the Umpqua River, the third Saturday in July is one... Read More

The Flow of Flow Funding

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. In 2021, River Network humbly and with curiosity sought an opportunity to explore trust-based philanthropy. As the first year of flow funding comes to a close, hear from Lisa Runkel and Renée... Read More

Court’s Climate Ruling Will Have Far Reaching Impact

On the last day of its term, the Supreme Court restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to address climate change under the Clean Air Act (West Virginia vs. EPA). As important – the reasoning the Court used will undermine our federal agencies in doing their jobs to protect public health and the environment going… Read More

Introducing Two New State Policy Hub Categories

We’re excited to share the newest updates to the State Policy Hub! You may already know that you can find examples of state policies on the Hub related to drinking water (affordability, access, PFAS, lead service lines, and regionalization and consolidation), and open water data. You can now also find environmental justice policies and regulations... Read More

More Than Leadership

Nicole Silk in a canyon paddling a raft and smiling.

As I prepare and plan for “river season” in the West, I find myself also preparing for a journey of another kind. Some of you may have already heard my news: I’ll be departing River Network after River Rally 2022 to join The Nature Conservancy as Global Director for Freshwater Outcomes. It has been my… Read More

Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program Updates

LIHWAP, the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program created and funded through COVID-19 legislation in December 2020 (CAA) and March 2021 (ARPA), is now in full swing, with households across the country accessing assistance in 42 states (data on tribes and territories will be updated in May). Households may apply for assistance to restore disconnected water... Read More

Mapping Water and Equity Considerations- Federal and State Tools

This blog post was co-authored by Erin Kanzig and Colleen Walters DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is analyzing Best Management Practices compared to the EPA’s EJ Screen demographic data. DOEE is working toward incorporating equity into water quality programs and environmental compliance requirements. Image credit: Lorena Kowalewski, DC Department of Energy and Environment... Read More

Collaborating for Agriculture & Water

River Network staff have been busy over the past couple of years expanding the work within the key issue Healthy Rivers in Agricultural Landscapes.  Defining a Path Forward In July 2021 we shared what we learned from conversations with water protectors around the country to learn how they work with agriculture on river health initiatives… Read More

Modernizing Irrigation Infrastructure with Colorado Farmers & Ranchers

Rancher Ben Wolcott filling a black bin with water using a red hose, with mountains and clouds in the background.
Photo by Lauren Harper.

In just six months, three new Project Coordinators, working with Colorado ditch companies and farmers and ranchers, have identified over 50 multi-beneficial projects to implement across the state. These projects will save water across the state, benefiting agricultural producers and the rivers they depend on. River Network supports these Coordinators as part of our continued… Read More

Meet the 2022 Climate Resilience Grantees

As climate change continues to exacerbate existing burdens on communities and present new and unique challenges, River Network is expanding our work to assist local organizations in launching Community-Led Research (CLR) projects and Leadership Development (LD) programs. This year, with support of the Kresge Foundation and the Patagonia Foundation, we have connected with 8 new… Read More

Our Key Issues and the Next Five Years

Resilience. Policy. Agriculture. Drinking water.  What do these terms mean to you? For River Network, they’re the four key issues that are central to addressing the current water crisis in the United States.  In 2018, based on input from the network, we introduced these key issues to focus our collective efforts through our Strategic Plan…. Read More