River Rally 2020 Program
What’s in store at River Rally 2020 in San Antonio, Texas? From plenary panels on regenerative agriculture and the history of the San Antonio River, to workshops across nine themes, led by industry leaders from San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M, Texas Water Trade, EPA, NOAA, US Forest Service, Corazón Latino, US Water Alliance, Clean Water Action, WaterNow Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and more, this year’s Rally is not one to miss.
Urban Waters Learning Forum at River Rally
Friday, May 15 – Full Day* (8:00AM – 4:30PM) or Afternoon Only (1:30PM-4:30PM) Registration Available
This Urban Waters Learning Forum is sponsored by EPA and hosted by River Network and Groundwork USA. In the morning we will host “Leading with Equity for Flooding Resiliency and Investments in Water Infrastructure,” a half-day workshop facilitated by Darryl Haddock (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance) and Jennifer Arnold (Reciprocity Consulting, LLC). Historically marginalized populations suffer disproportionately from the effects of flooding and inadequate investments in water infrastructure. An intentional focus on equity is key to increasing resilience, creating input opportunities for community feedback and targeting future investments to positively impact vulnerable populations. We will use examples from different urban waters contexts to show how institutionalized racism and other forms of inequity play out and what can be done to address them. The afternoon session will offer facilitated networking opportunities, giving attendees a chance to share their work and have deeper discussions around a variety of topics of interest to urban waters practitioners. We will also present the 4th Annual Urban Waters Learning Network Awards. The Forum is open to all EPA and NFWF Urban Waters grant recipients, Urban Waters Federal Partners, and other urban waters practitioners.
*Participation in this Friday morning workshop is limited to 30 registrants.
Sunday, May 17 (11:00AM-5:00PM) – “Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in San Antonio” Field Trip
This advanced DEI session, facilitated by Darryl Haddock (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance) and Jennifer Arnold (Reciprocity Consulting, LLC), will lead participants through a deep dive of strategies to address institutionalized racism and other forms of inequity in the context of flooding resiliency and investments in water infrastructure. We will take a field trip hosted by a local San Antonio partner to learn about their equity-focused urban waters work. We will also have some time for caucusing to debrief different perspectives and experiences. We ask that participants registering for this field trip have been involved in some type of formal Diversity Equity and Inclusion work within their organization. We will assume that people in this session will have the basic foundations for a deeper dive.