River Rally 2021 Program

Join us for the second Virtual River Rally! Our engaging and fun virtual program will run for four empowering days, May 17-20, 2021. Featuring ‘live’ content including plenaries, workshops, discussions, and inspiring reflections from award recipients, along access to a huge library of recorded workshops, opportunities to connect with peers, and an innovative new community platform that will connect the network for years to come.

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Program Highlights


Catherine Coleman Flowers – 2020 River Hero, MacArthur fellow, and author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret – will present Environmental Justice Is Also River Justice at River Rally 2021. Environmental justice will protect rivers as well as ensure equity for communities that have been left behind. This talk will connect the dots.

Sandra Postel – River Network board member and 2021 Stockholm Water Prize awardee – will present From Rivers Catching Fire to Rivers Getting Rights, a brief look back at where we’ve been, where we stand today, and where we can go with this community leading the charge.

Social Events

  • Join River Network staff and our partners for Speed Networking
  • Our team will host the return of both the Young Professionals and Leaders of Color Happy Hours
  • Enjoy the return of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Show off your river knowledge at Trivia Night


This year, we’ll have three exciting awards panels. Compton Award recipients Dianne Dillon-Ridgley and Suzi Wilkins Berl will join River Network Board Chair Jumana Vasi for discussion; the 2021 Urban Waters Learning Network awardees will share their work with the network; and the 2021 River Heroes will keep the inspiration going with another engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss these events, which are sure to be just as inspiring as last year’s!