River Rally Program
River Rally 2019 Program | Cleveland, OH | June 21 – 24
River Rally 2019 takes place along the banks of the Cuyahoga River and marks the last time that river caught fire from unregulated pollution 50 years ago, a pivotal event that sparked the environmental movement that led to the establishment of the Clean Water Act. You don’t want to miss this one!
This year, our program features speakers who will illuminate how far we have come over the past 50 years, candidly reflect on where we stand today, and deliver game-changing insight for ensuring everyone has access to clean water and healthy rivers, both urban and rural, for the next 50 years. We will build your toolbox and confidence so that you leave inspired, informed, and empowered to build a more sustainable and equitable water future. View the program.
This year we are excited to offer two Idea Exchanges, unique opportunities to connect during River Rally and beyond, to build your knowledge and network related to specific issues you may be facing in your community. Learn more about Idea Exchanges.
Our program centers on four key issues central to addressing today’s water crisis, explored through workshops, plenaries, and small group discussions for alignment and action:
- Pursuing Safe, Clean, and Affordable Drinking Water
- Advancing Robust and Effective Water Laws and Policies
- Building Resilient Cities and Communities
- Working with Farmers and Ranchers
Content also includes topics that practitioners working in the water space need to succeed and a special feature on lessons from the Great Lakes:
- Expanding Impact through Science, Technology, and Monitoring
- Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations, and Coalitions
- Civic Engagement for Our Water Future
- Innovative Solutions from the Great Lakes Region
Each theme also intersects with considerations of equity, diversity, and inclusion—we are intentional about building this into our entire program as we continue to build a more inclusive movement for the waters of our country. This year’s program includes over 70 keynotes, plenary panels, workshops, and field trips; a celebration of people who have gone above and beyond for the waters of our country (River Heroes, Compton, and Emerging Leader Awards); a film screening, and other evening social events; mentoring opportunities; and so much more.
You will find the atmosphere at River Rally warm and welcoming, inclusive of all perspectives, and exceptionally interactive. Every year, we move to a new location to connect you with people whom you wouldn’t otherwise know or be able to learn from. We carry with us nationally relevant issues and perspectives from other regions to this location, infusing new ideas from around the country and elevating hope and promise for a future where healthy rivers and clean water are paramount.