River Rally Program

River Rally 2019 Call for Workshops is Now Open! |  Cleveland, OH | June 21 – 24

River Rally provides an excellent opportunity to share your experience with a broad audience. Do you have a proven approach or innovation that could help achieve healthy rivers and engage communities in solving water problems? Are you interested in delivering a workshop that is designed to transfer success stories or lessons learned, includes a combination of instruction and hands-on skill building, and will give participants new knowledge they can apply to their work? If so, we need you. Submit a proposal to present a workshop in Cleveland!

Learn more about the guidelines and submit your proposal.

Proposals must be received by the EXTENDED DEADLINE October 31st, 2018, and the selection committee will take a month to review them, and selected presenters will be notified by November 30, 2018.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 River Heroes!

River Network is accepting nominations for 2019 River Heroes from October 1 to November 10, 2018. Up to five awardees will be acknowledged on June 22, 2019 at River Rally. River Network created the River Heroes Award in 2001 to recognize and celebrate individuals whose efforts to protect and restore their local rivers and waters have been extraordinary in scope, scale, impact and heart. Learn more about River Heroes here. To submit a nomination, follow instructions in the River Hero 2019 Nomination Guidelines and submit your nomination before November 10, 2018.

River Rally 2019 Call for Field Trips is Now Open! |  Cleveland, OH | June 24th

River Network is seeking local and regional organizations to submit proposed field trips for River Rally.  In addition to providing Rally attendees with a break from the formal meeting environment, field trips allow participants to experience practical application of work supporting topics discussed in conference workshops, explore and appreciate the beauty of the unique local environment, and engage with other attendees to develop and strengthen professional relationships.

Learn more about the guidelines and submit your proposal.

Proposals must be received by October 1st, 2018, and the selections will be finalized by December 1st.

River Rally 2019 Workshops Themes

River Rally provides unique spaces in which river and water champions from across the country come together to learn from experts and one another, especially through concurrent workshops. This year’s workshop themes are:

Working with Farmers and Ranchers –  We all need food and fiber, but what does it take to have agriculture and healthy rivers exist side-by-side? We invite workshops for this theme that show what is possible in collaboration with farmers and ranchers, how considerations of equity and justice relate in rural landscapes, how communities have stood-up against bad actors, and how to build thriving partnerships that result in improvements to water contamination and river flows.

Building Resilient Cities and Communities – With increasing numbers of cities and communities vulnerable to floods and droughts, we are seeking your insights for how to build resiliency into plans for the future. Are you working to build a future for your community where the river contributes to its economic and social vitality? Are you working to reduce harm to the most vulnerable members of your community? We invite workshops that connect to these and related considerations.

Pursuing Safe, Clean and Affordable Drinking Water – Everyone needs safe, clean and affordable water to drink. However, drinking water may not be as safe as generations of Americans have come to expect and a growing number of people in our country face unaffordable water bills while water utilities struggle to fund maintenance or replace aging pipes. How do we address these challenges in both urban and rural areas? If your work touches these and other related challenges, we invite your workshop submission.

Advancing Robust and Effective Water Laws and Policies – Does your work include empowering citizens, organizations, and governments to protect, strengthen, and implement water laws and policies? Does your work include new water law and policy innovations that support conservation or address concerns of those who are more vulnerable due to income, influence, or discrimination? If you have specific experience that relates to these topics, we encourage your workshop submission.

Expanding Impact through Science, Technology, and Monitoring – Workshops in this track will share innovations, best practices, and success stories about scientific and technical approaches, highlighting tools and resources river champions and water advocates can use to expand their impact on the ground and in their organization.

Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions – Workshops under this theme will offer information and skill-building opportunities on leadership and professional development, organizational and financial health, EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion), and topics in management, fundraising and communications to help nonprofit board and staff members be more effective in their river and watershed work.

Workshop Formats

90 minute sessions – will include time for presentation and interactive or group activities, as well as opportunities for audience Q&A.

20 minute sessions – fast-paced presentations on highly focused topics.

Workshop + field trip – workshop with a coordinated hands-on activity or site visit.