Putting Data to Action: Community Science, Partnership, and Advocacy for a Healthy Schuylkill River

This blog post was originally published by the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Steps toward change happen with collective action. In late June, staff from Bartram’s Garden shared their story of how they used their data and collective voice to highlight water quality issues and demand the attention of the governing agencies of the tidal Schuylkill River in… Read More

Introducing River Network’s Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit

“Inequality impacts rivers, too, because that’s where it ends up ultimately.” –Catherine Coleman Flowers, River Rally 2021 How are decisions to use green infrastructure versus a detention pond to control stormwater runoff made? What are the options for making water rates more affordable? How can states prioritize those most in need through their water infrastructure… Read More

Rethinking Staff Holidays – Another Step in our Journey Toward Inclusion

We at River Network have tried to maintain transparency and open communication regarding the evolution of our work on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Being a network and a capacity-building organization, we take great pride in our approach to “learning in public” and sharing our ever-evolving thinking and processes related to EDI with our network…. Read More

Commit to a Green New Year

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This spring, it is more important than ever for us to come together and make every day Earth Day. In 2020, there were 26 billion pieces of litter along America’s waterways, according to data compiled by Keep America Beautiful. With the increase in single use personal protective equipment and fewer resources available due to the impacts of COVID, litter is more… Read More

How River Network Is Building Community, Online

Connection and the open exchange of information and ideas has always been integral to water stewardship and community leadership, even before the pandemic. For this reason, River Network launched an online community for the nationwide network of water protectors in January of this year. What you might not have noticed when we launched the community... Read More

Building Strong Champions with Leadership Development

River Network builds Strong Champions. That is our mantra and the essence of our mission. At its core, Building Strong Champions is building the capacity of individuals and organizations. Today, we take a look at what it takes to be an effective leader – the crux of our Leadership Development work.  “I define a leader… Read More

Stream Management Planning & Rancher Stewardship in Colorado

Since 2017, River Network has worked to increase the number and quality of Stream Management Plans in Colorado. Stream Management Plans, or SMPs, were developed as a result of 2015’s Colorado’s Water Plan, which set goals and measurable objectives to map out the future of water management in the state. One of these objectives is that 80% of locally prioritized streams have an SMP... Read More

Action Day for Clean Water and Rivers – Join Us!

Have you started texting and tweeting your members of Congress, and are missing the chance to actually talk to someone? Are you new to advocacy and want some support to make an effective ask to get Congress to invest in clean and safe water? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, it’s an… Read More

Fostering Community Leadership: Putting the Research to Work with Three Network Members

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In November 2020, River Network published a new network resource: Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Fostering Community Leadership. The toolkit outlines equitable and intentional ways to cultivate emerging leaders, including a step-by-step guide for building community-focused leadership development programs. Since introducing the toolkit at the end of 2020, we’ve moved forward in applying the research with… Read More

Standing Stronger Together – NGOs, Tribes, and Water

by Nicole Silk, River Network and Emma Robbins, Dig Deep Context: Equitable Solutions Require Diverse Perspectives We believe that everyone should have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water and healthy rivers. Sadly, this access is not equal across our nation, with low-income and predominantly non-white communities and neighborhoods experiencing stark disparities. Perhaps the most... Read More

Partnership-Building Technical Assistance Grants: Announcing Selected Communities and Water Systems

By our partners at the WaterNow Alliance. We are excited to announce that three community groups and water systems have been selected to receive Partnership-Building Technical Assistance Grants. These groups represent a diverse range of communities and challenges, and will receive technical support to grow their partnerships and pilot trust-building best practices. It is River... Read More

Building Strong Champions with Organizational Sustainability

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In our November River Voices, we gave a brief overview of our Building Strong Champions program and how we provide support to our growing Network. At its core, Building Strong Champions is capacity-building work at both the individual and organizational levels. Over the next several issues of River Voices, we will do a deeper dive… Read More