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Idea Exchanges Join the River Rally Program

River Rally 2019 featured the first Idea Exchanges: unique opportunities for attendees to connect during River Rally and beyond, to build their knowledge and network related to specific issues their communities may be facing. Skilled facilitators led structured conversations around Civic Engagement and four key issues: Safe, Clean, and Affordable Drinking Water; Water Laws and… Read More

Power in River Rally: Reflections on Rally 2019

Twenty years ago, River Network began bringing together our nation’s river champions and water protectors at our annual River Rally conference. This year’s event was held on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the last time the river caught fire, an event that informed the modern environmental… Read More

Beyond Equity: The 2019 River Rally

At the moment he ascended to the podium, James Rasmussen wasn’t exactly certain what he was going to say. A capacity crowd was gathered in the ballroom of the Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel for the annual River Rally conference. Among the honorees nominated by his peers to receive a 2019 River Hero Award, he walked… Read More

River Network Helps Map Waters for Recreation

What is more refreshing than jumping into a river or lake on a hot day? In many urban areas, we are seeing a resurgence of interest in swimming and boating in waters that have long been considered off limits. Our urban rivers suffer from a bad reputation because they have been subject to decades, if… Read More

Update of Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers Report Shows Progress and Need for Continued Improvement

Rivers here in the southeast are special places, ranging from quiet, blackwater rivers in the Coastal Plain to raging whitewater in the mountains and everything in between. Over the last three years, since my colleague Katherine Baer and I, with the support of many people, researched and wrote the first edition of the Protecting and… Read More

Drinking Water Guide – Ready to Use!

I’ve worked on water policy and advocacy issues for more years than I’d like to admit… But, as River Network started to respond to our community’s desire for more resources and tools to address drinking water issues they face, I was overwhelmed by all of the things I didn’t know. I understood where our water… Read More

Native Brook Trout Near Boston Protected With Business Support

Corporate commitment to conserving, protecting, and replenishing water in business operations and in the environment is growing. The challenge to investing in water outside the four walls of those businesses? Connecting to meaningful activities and projects in watersheds, at the local level. It is projects like the environmental flow and restoration of Pine Tree Brook… Read More

Project Bank Helps Companies Invest in Local Water Projects

  The Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank (BWS Project Bank) is a website where river groups feature their restoration projects and connect to businesses who want to support water restoration. Over twenty-five River Network member-groups have signed up to use the BWS Project Bank and nine organizations have uploaded projects to the Bank. Here… Read More

Fight for Healthy Water: Stop the Dirty Water Rule

Updated 3/13/19 Since President Trump took office in January of 2016, we all knew it was coming. From the beginning, Trump and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were clear that repealing and replacing the Clean Water Rule was a priority. Now, nearly two years later, it has finally happened. On Dec. 11, 2018, the Trump… Read More

A River Re-imagined: Transforming the L.A. River

Mention the L.A. River and most people conjure up the drag racing scene in the movie Grease or crime stories with a noir bent, featuring the river as a dumping ground for urban decay. Admittedly, before attending a river clean-up organized by Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), River Network, and corporate partner Anheuser-Busch... Read More

Asegurando la Participación Cívica de Comunidades Hispanas y Latinas: Mejores Prácticas para Grupos Dedicados a la Protección de Sus Cuencas Hidrográficas

Click here to read this story in English. Durante los últimos 12 meses, con apoyo de la Fundación Wege, nuestro trabajo nos ha conectado con comunidades y organizaciones enfocadas en servir a las poblaciones Hispanas y Latinas del suroeste de Michigan. Además nos hemos conectado con los grupos ambientalistas que incluyen a West Michigan Environmental... Read More

Engaging Latino and Hispanic Communities: Best Practices for Water Groups

Presione aqui para leer este articulo en Espanol. In the U.S., many communities of color face environmental racism. Disproportionate exposure to toxins and pollution occur in areas primarily inhabited by communities of color, including areas with large Latino or Hispanic populations. These communities often face multiple environmental injustices simultaneously, the impacts of which are compounded... Read More
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