Advancing Racial Justice

Sunrise Movement Bay Area organizers demand a Green New Deal Now as wildfire smoke in CA has caused hazardous air quality turning the sky burnt orange.
Climate Justice = Racial Justice Climate change affects everyone on this planet, especially marginalized communities. Racial and ethnic minorities will experience negative climate change impacts first and the worst. In my home state of California—and the entire West Coast—we are suffering from catastrophic wildfires that are destroying homes and lives. As I’m writing this, I... Read More

An Update from River Network’s Staff Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Over the course of the past decade, River Network’s work on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has deepened significantly, focusing on both internal aspects of our organization and external programming. Initially, much of that work happened organically and, admittedly, somewhat haphazardly. A staff person tweaking one aspect of a program here (often in response to… Read More

Using Community Led Science to Manage Wild and Scenic Rivers with the National Park Service

Paddling the Lumber River. Photo by David Thebeau.

What do dragonfly collection, snorkeling to observe mussels and bioassessment workshops on Wild and Scenic Rivers have in common? This summer, these activities are part of three of the seven projects selected for funding as part of a new partnership between River Network and the National Park Service. All around the country community-based organizations are… Read More

Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding Awards 2020

For the second year, River Network is working with the US Forest Service (USFS) to provide local organizations with funding for their work to steward our many, diverse Wild and Scenic Rivers. These rivers flow throughout the country and help protect some of the nation’s free flowing rivers, providing opportunities for recreation, protecting drinking water,… Read More

Onward! Keeping Up the Momentum in the Delaware River Basin

Photo via Shutterstock
I’ve worked in watersheds all throughout the western US—the Klamath River Basin in California and Oregon, Walker Lake in Nevada, the Colorado Delta, the Columbia River Basin in the northwest—and they all brought with them interesting challenges, complex landscapes, and most notably, passionate individuals. Their passion came from a truly personal place: a place of... Read More

Hope in Times of Uncertainty

On March 12, River Network made a choice: to move River Rally, after 20 years of inspiring in-person national gatherings, to a virtual format in the wake of the COVID-19 global health crisis. These were the early days of response, before travel restrictions, social distancing, and stay at home orders had become the new normal.... Read More

New River Network and WaterNow Alliance Program Aims to Grow Collaborative, Durable Relationships Between Local Community Groups and Water Systems

Like many of you, I have seen too many examples in the last few years where trust between a local community and their water system has eroded because, for example, key information was withheld. Unfortunately those limited cases can erode trust beyond the impacted community and make others question and lose trust in their local… Read More

Helping Nonprofits Operate as Successful Organizations

Close up of rocks and trees in a river bed
Is it just me, or does anyone else cringe when you have to introduce yourself and state your job title? I cringe, not because I regret my career choice (I love my job, in fact!), but because I don’t have one of those titles that is self-explanatory – sales manager, science director, wildlife biologist. If... Read More

Equitable Water Infrastructure in the COVID-19 Crisis

With the COVID-19 pandemic front of mind, protecting public health is the priority. This includes our newest lingo, social distancing, as well as lots of really good handwashing. But – what if you don’t have running water in your house? How do you wash your hands and stay healthy? (Note that COVID-19 has NOT been… Read More