River Rally

Thank you for joining us in Cleveland and stay tuned for details on Rally 2020, May 15-18 in San Antonio!

Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally provides an inspiring and energy-infused touchpoint for nonprofit groups from across the U.S. and beyond, as well as for agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, philanthropists, academics, students, and community leaders. It includes over 70 learning opportunities, an awards ceremony, novel social events, and access to thought leaders and change agents.

River Rally 2019 takes place along the banks of the Cuyahoga River and marks the last time that river caught fire from unregulated pollution fifty years ago, a pivotal event that sparked the environmental movement that led to the establishment of the Clean Water Act. The River Rally 2019 program features speakers who will celebrate this and other clean-water victories while illuminating today’s most urgent water topics.


Register for River Rally 2019. Full conference or single day options available.  Register today.


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Browse the River Rally 2019 program featuring more than 70 workshops, plenaries, and keynotes, plus other special events.  See the program

Photo courtesy of Westin

River Rally 2019 will be at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more

Registration Info  & Important Dates

January 22nd:  Registration Opens

March 15th:  Scholarship Applications Due

March 15th:  Emerging Leader Self-Nominations Due

April 30th:  Early Bird Registration Ends

Scholarship Applications:  River Network offers a limited number of scholarships to support registration fees for those who need financial assistance to attend River Rally. The application is part of the registration process, so to submit your application you must complete your registration online and pay a $20 application fee.  You should find out if you have received an award by early April and will have until the Early-Bird Deadline (April 30th) to pay any remaining balance on your registration.  If for any reason you decide you cannot attend the event, you may cancel your registration without penalty before April 30th.

Emerging Leader Self-Nomination Process: To nominate yourself for the 2019 Emerging Leader Award, you must apply when you register. We will ask you to share links to any work you have available online and will ask essay questions that give you an opportunity to demonstrate your qualifications and outline examples of your work at the intersection of social justice and water. The winner will be notified by April 30th.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Businesses are invited to join us as a River Rally sponsor to showcase a commitment to water. Download the River Rally Sponsorship brochure to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. Contact us to learn more.


Thank you to River Rally 2019 Sponsors!

Basin Sponsors ($25,000+)

Watershed Sponsors ($15,000+)





River Sponsors ($10,000+)



Stream Sponsors ($5,000+)


Brook Sponsors ($2,500+)

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Spring Sponsors ($1,000+)

Natural Resources Defense Council


Storm Water Systems


The Rain Barrel Depot



Freshwater Future

Frey Foundation

Breckenridge Brewery