Hope, Water, and Community

2020 was quite a year. Floods, fires, water shutoffs, civil unrest, racial injustice, the health crisis of COVID-19, and economic hardship. Our society, our families, and our hearts have all been pushed and pulled, towards worry and grief as well as recovery and resilience, nearly continuously. There is a sense of exhaustion and fatigue in… Read More

Engaging Youth and Communities for Impact in 2020

Impact in 2020 looked very different for River Network and the groups we serve. How did we help get groups, and especially youth, on the water and cleaning up the water, despite it all? Cultivating community and youth stewardship of our waters was no less important this year – in fact, it was more important… Read More

Fostering Community Leadership – A Tool for Equitable Climate Resilience

Courtesy Vote Run Lead.
As the importance of addressing climate change continues to be well-evidenced by communities combatting ever-more-frequent flooding, fire, and extreme weather, the environmental community finds itself at the intersection of science, equity, and justice – yet again. The urgency of working at this intersection is well-established – both by empirical scientific evidence, and the stories and... Read More

Building Strong Champions for Local Impact

Log bridge over running water.

We say it a lot: River Network connects local watershed organizations across the country, empowering them with tools, training, and resources. But what does this really mean? What does it look like to “build strong champions,” as our strategic plan puts it, and to support Organizational Sustainability & Planning, Leadership Development, and Professional Development for… Read More

Connecting Local Groups to National Funding for Groundwater Replenishment

Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps interns at the Waipahoehoe forest.
“Ohia trees, which are considered the mother of all native forests [on Hawaii]…are under threat right now,” begins Cheyenne Hiapo Perry, Project Coordinator at the Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance (MKWA), an organization that’s been hard at work since 2009 preserving and rehabilitating the Big Island’s native forests, “…and if we did nothing, over 100 years... Read More

River Rally 2021: A Second Virtual Experience!

Last spring, we made an extraordinary decision to take River Rally 2020 virtual in order to protect our community and our team from the health risks of COVID-19. With only six weeks to completely remake our annual event, learn new technology, and reframe expectations, River Rally 2020 was a success, thanks to the patience and… Read More

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