River Rally Program

River Rally 2020

River Rally 2020 will take place in San Antonio, TX, from May 15-18. You can find the 2020 themes and a draft schedule below. Look for the 2020 program in December 2019, and registration beginning in January 2020. Get involved today by submitting a workshop or field trip proposal or nominating a River Hero!

River Rally 2020 Themes:

  • Working with Farmers & Ranchers
  • Building Resilient Cities & Communities
  • Pursuing Safe, Clean, & Affordable Drinking Water
  • Advancing Robust & Effective Water Laws & Policies
  • Civic Participation & Our Water Future
  • Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, & Monitoring
  • Addressing Climate Risk for Greater Water Security
  • Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations, & Coalitions
  • Becoming a High-Performance Board of Directors

Draft Schedule (Subject to Change)

Friday, May 15
4:30pm – Welcome Reception
5:30pm – Opening Remarks

Saturday, May 16
7:00am – Breakfast and Keynote or Plenary
9:30am – Workshops
11:30am – Idea Exchanges
12:45pm – Lunch and Networking
2:00pm – Workshops
4:00pm – Workshops
5:30pm – Awards Reception and Celebration

Sunday, May 17
7:00am – Breakfast and Keynote or Plenary
9:30am – Workshops
11:30am – Field Trips

Monday, May 18
7:00am – Breakfast and Keynote or Plenary
9:30am – Workshops
11:30am – Idea Exchanges
12:45pm – Lunch and Closing Remarks
2:00pm – Workshops
4:00pm – Workshops

Explore Past River Rally Programs

River Rally 2019

Held along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, River Rally 2019 marked 50 years since that river last caught fire from unregulated pollution. The program featured keynote speaker Keesha Gaskins-Nathan and two plenary panels: “Water Equity, Security, and Climate Risk” and “The Changing Faces of Agriculture.” 2019 marked the first Idea Exchanges, unique opportunities to connect on specific issues.

View the 2019 program.

River Rally 2018

River Rally 2018 took place in Olympic Valley, CA, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act surrounded by the waters of the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe. The 2018 program featured keynote speaker Tim Palmer, plenary panel “Invest in Water – The Role of Rivers and Lakes in Our Lives, Economies, and Future” and plenary and table top discussions “Federal Panel – What Gives Us Hope.”

View the 2018 program.

River Rally 2017

River Rally 2017 recognized and brought full focus to the ways in which the social and political context of water was changing, and explored political, economic, social, and other divisions, to fully understand where we stood at this place in time. Attendees heard from speakers Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Frank Ettawageshik, and others, and plenary panels “Affordability, Equity, and Drinking Water,” “Rethinking Our Relationship to Urban Rivers,” and “Lessons from Standing Rock and Beyond.”

View the 2017 program.

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