More Than Leadership

Nicole Silk in a canyon paddling a raft and smiling.

As I prepare and plan for “river season” in the West, I find myself also preparing for a journey of another kind. Some of you may have already heard my news: I’ll be departing River Network after River Rally 2022 to join The Nature Conservancy as Global Director for Freshwater Outcomes. It has been my… Read More

Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program Updates

LIHWAP, the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program created and funded through COVID-19 legislation in December 2020 (CAA) and March 2021 (ARPA), is now in full swing, with households across the country accessing assistance in 42 states (data on tribes and territories will be updated in May). Households may apply for assistance to restore disconnected water... Read More

Mapping Water and Equity Considerations- Federal and State Tools

This blog post was co-authored by Erin Kanzig and Colleen Walters DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is analyzing Best Management Practices compared to the EPA’s EJ Screen demographic data. DOEE is working toward incorporating equity into water quality programs and environmental compliance requirements. Image credit: Lorena Kowalewski, DC Department of Energy and Environment... Read More

Collaborating for Agriculture & Water

River Network staff have been busy over the past couple of years expanding the work within the key issue Healthy Rivers in Agricultural Landscapes.  Defining a Path Forward In July 2021 we shared what we learned from conversations with water protectors around the country to learn how they work with agriculture on river health initiatives… Read More

Modernizing Irrigation Infrastructure with Colorado Farmers & Ranchers

Rancher Ben Wolcott filling a black bin with water using a red hose, with mountains and clouds in the background.
Photo by Lauren Harper.

In just six months, three new Project Coordinators, working with Colorado ditch companies and farmers and ranchers, have identified over 50 multi-beneficial projects to implement across the state. These projects will save water across the state, benefiting agricultural producers and the rivers they depend on. River Network supports these Coordinators as part of our continued… Read More

Meet the 2022 Climate Resilience Grantees

As climate change continues to exacerbate existing burdens on communities and present new and unique challenges, River Network is expanding our work to assist local organizations in launching Community-Led Research (CLR) projects and Leadership Development (LD) programs. This year, with support of the Kresge Foundation and the Patagonia Foundation, we have connected with 8 new… Read More

Our Key Issues and the Next Five Years

Resilience. Policy. Agriculture. Drinking water.  What do these terms mean to you? For River Network, they’re the four key issues that are central to addressing the current water crisis in the United States.  In 2018, based on input from the network, we introduced these key issues to focus our collective efforts through our Strategic Plan…. Read More

State of the Network Survey – We Need Your Help!

Do you ever play 20 questions? If so, you’re familiar with questions like “is it bigger than a breadbox,” and “is the person alive?” We’ve spent many family hiking trips using this fun game to make it up a big hill. Surveys also involve a lot of questions and while they don’t always seem as… Read More

Trust Building Support Initiative – Applications Open Now!

Applications due February 28, 2022 River Network and the WaterNow Alliance are working together to provide support for community organizations and water utilities seeking to build trusting relationships as part of their work together toward more equitable and sustainable water and community outcomes. We are seeking applications from interested water utilities and community groups who… Read More

What does the Farm Bill have to do with Water Conservation?

A Quick Intro to Federal Conservation Programs on Agricultural Land  River Network’s newly released plan defining our path forward on healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes identifies several needs and challenges that network members brought up in working with agricultural audiences, including:  Better understanding of funding sources, including federal, state, local and private sources; and how to leverage funding to build capacity and... Read More

Taking the Leap with Partners for Environmental Justice

A row of people stands before a seated audience outside a new building for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

How does a small volunteer-run organization transition into a fully-fledged nonprofit? Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) (Raleigh, NC) recently committed to taking this leap, leaning on River Network for support and collaboration. After over a year of work together, addressing both programmatic and organizational development support, we’re reflecting on what makes investments like these successful… Read More

Inclusive River Recreation Outreach Strategies with the Wild & Scenic Rivers Coalition

Photo via CU Maurice River.

Access to and feelings of safety within our nation’s natural areas and waterways is not equitable. As River Network noted and the nation reckoned with following widespread protests in 2020, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in America frequently face racism in outdoor spaces, including around and on the rivers and waterways our network… Read More

The Role of Coalitions in Propelling Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Work Forward

Photo courtesy Choose Clean Water.

This blog post was written by Mariah Davis (Choose Clean Water) and Ellen Underwood (Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed). Coalitions, collaboratives, and networks play an integral role in promoting new ideas, building connections, and exploring new avenues for support. As the only national nonprofit whose sole purpose is to connect and strengthen the nationwide… Read More

Authentic Community-Water Utility Partnerships Yield Big Results

Photo courtesy SERI.

In Tucson, Arizona, water is scarce and temperatures can be scorching. As part of the Colorado River Basin, demand for water is outstripping availability, due in part to climate change. Tucson is also getting hotter, especially in “urban heat islands,” which disproportionately affect poorer neighborhoods with fewer trees and more concrete. While many of the… Read More