River Rally 2020 Program
Thank you for joining us during Virtual River Rally! Our engaging and fun virtual program ran for three weeks, featuring ‘live’ content including plenaries, workshops, discussions, and inspiring reflections from award recipients, along with more informal social opportunities to connect. Content included addressing how we are adapting to a world transformed by COVID-19.
RIVER RALLY AWARDEE PANEL, CELEBRATION, AND HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, June 4, 5pm PT/8pm ET | Click to watch on Facebook.
On the last Thursday of River Rally, gather virtually for the annual River Hero awards celebration. River Heroes are nominated annually by their peers, selected by their peers, and celebrated among peers. With this award, we recognize individuals who bring people together to solve water problems, seek solutions that are inclusive and equitable, go “above & beyond,” never give up, and inspire and help others to make a difference. Bring your questions for 2020 Heroes Catherine Coleman-Flowers, Amanda Pitzer, and Maya van Rossum, Compton Award recipient Daryl Vigil, and Emerging Leader Megan Nguyen, and be inspired by their reflections on their work, and what they hope for the future.
Moderator: Nicole Silk, River Network
- Catherine Flowers, River Hero
- Amanda Pitzer, River Hero
- Maya van Rossum, River Hero
- Megan Nguyen, Emerging Leader
- Daryl Vigil, Compton Award
URBAN WATERS LEARNING NETWORK AWARDS PRESENTATION & PANEL
Wednesday, May 27, 5pm PT/8pm ET | Click to watch on Facebook.
Join us as we celebrate and recognize the work of this year’s Urban Waters Learning Network Award recipients. The Urban Waters Learning Network Awards, sponsored by the US EPA, celebrate significant achievements of individuals who have improved urban waterways and revitalized the neighborhoods around them. These members exemplify the UWLN’s goal of providing peer-to-peer support, solving challenges through collaboration, and sharing knowledge.
Moderator: Adi Nochur, Groundwork USA, Diana Toledo, River Network
Welcoming Remarks: Bob Benson, US EPA
Virtual River Rally Plenaries
FOOD INSECURITY, WATER AND COVID-19: LESSONS FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Wednesday, May 20, 9am PT/12pm ET
As a result of COVID-19, we are facing an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. This crisis is also revealing the fault lines that divide our nation and have prevented us from achieving more equitable solutions. Speakers will explore these topics as well as how this crisis may shift our relationship to food production and distribution, between rural and urban areas, and regarding water and climate change. Speakers will also share lessons for a better future.
Moderator: Nicole Silk, River Network
- Robert Bonnie, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University
- Traci Bruckner, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders
- Cecilia Rosacker, Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust
- Daryl Vigil, Ten Tribes Partnership and Compton Award recipient
HELPING OUR NONPROFITS SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC
Wednesday, May 27, 9am PT/12pm ET
The impacts of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector have been swift and promise to be long-lasting. How can we lead our organizations through these uncharted waters and respond in a way that keeps us mission-focused, responsive, nimble and viable? Our panel of nonprofit experts will explore some of the most salient issues we face today – a funding landscape that is rapidly changing, the need to remain adaptive in our programming and the responsibility for communicating the importance of our work in ways that are both sensitive and compelling. Join us for this conversation and leave with ideas and inspiration to help you move away from reactive mode and provide steady and stabilizing leadership over the long-term.
Moderator: Julia Blatt, River Network Board member and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
- Liz Banse, Senior Program Director, Resource Media
- Jose Luis Marantes, Partner, The Management Center
- Andy Robinson, Andy Robinson Consulting, LLC and author
WATER, EQUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY: COVID-19 AND BEYOND
Wednesday, June 3, 9am PT/12pm ET
How has COVID-19 impacted our thinking about what we need to do to achieve water equity and sustainability in the near and long-term? Does it open up new opportunities to move policy reform forward and create new collaborations? What will we all face as policy advocates, community organizers and water systems looking to provide safe, clean, affordable and sustainable water into the future? Join a conversation with a panel with deep experience acting on these issues including water utility management, community organizing, policy advocacy and integrated water management.
Moderators: Katherine Baer and Sheyda Esnaashari, River Network