River Network Staff Reflections to Mark World Rivers Day 2019

On September 22, 2019, the world marks the 15th annual World Rivers Day. This year, the theme is "waterways in our communities." The River Network staff is spread across the nation, much like the over 6,000 groups, indigenous communities, and government agencies working at local, state, and regional levels to protect and restore rivers and... Read More

Connecting Local Stakeholders for Inclusive Planning on the Yampa River

The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is a rare gem, as it is the only major Colorado River tributary without a large dam, flowing free for almost 300 miles through primarily federal, state, and private ranch lands. The river has high overall health and plays a vital role in sustaining endangered fish species with some... Read More

Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding Awards

Wild and Scenic Rivers flow throughout the country. This designation helps protect some of the nation’s free-flowing rivers providing opportunities for recreation, protecting drinking water, and helping fuel local economies. However, the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation doesn’t translate into full protection; many of these rivers suffer from the same threats as other rivers including:… Read More

Climate Science for All: NNOCCI Strategies to Improve Climate Communications

Kait Birghenthal, Conservation Educator & NNOCCI Governing Council Member
Fight, flight, or freeze: these are human’s three natural reactions to encountering a perceived threat. But what if the threat was amorphous, seemingly far off, and highly misunderstood? How might we react then? As demonstrated by the FrameWorks Institute in their ‘on the street’ climate interviews—see The Value of Explanation research report—the majority of US Citizens demonstrate... Read More

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