The Rally Experience

Explore the last three years of River Rally! Read past programs, Rally impact reports, view photo galleries, and hear from attendees about what Rally is really like!

River Rally 2019 field trip participants along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH.

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, and was the most diverse River Rally to date.

Explore the 2019 program.
Read the 2019 impact report.
Check out the 2019 photo gallery.

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.”

Explore the 2018 program.
Read the 2018 impact report.
Check out the 2018 photo gallery.

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.”

Explore the 2017 program.
Read the 2017 impact report.

  • "River Rally gives its participants an opportunity to meet with other organizations and environmental stakeholders to highlight challenges and to collectively forge solutions for using and managing our number one resource in the world more sustainably....water!"

    Jonathan Phillips Groundwork Elizabeth
  • "Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend River Rally! I have attended so many wonderful workshops to expand my knowledge in new areas. Beyond my interest in education and outreach, I have learned about non-profit accounting, fundraising, water quality standards and behavior change. I am also walking away with some new River Rally friends from across the country."

    Eileen Everett Santa Fe Watershed Association
  • "Thank you so much for making it possible for me to represent little Rhode Island at the River Rally. This is by far the best rivers conference in the world and I bring back knowledge that makes Rhode Island water cleaner!"

    Alicia Lehrer Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
  • "River Rally is the single most educational, inspiring event that I have attended. My sincere gratitude for this incredibly valuable opportunity to learn, network, and celebrate."

    Ashley Traut Blue Water Baltimore
  • "This year was my first time coming to River Rally and it was much more than I expected. Being surrounded by so many peers who are all working for the same goal really puts my work into perspective. I left River Rally completely exhausted, yet motivated and inspired to keep charging forward. I will definitely be returning in the future and encourage anyone with hesitations to cast them to the wind and sign up. River Rally just may change your life..."

    Neally Rhea Galveston Bay Foundation
  • "This is the most inspiring conference I’ve ever had the opportunity to attend. I have so many new ideas on engaging my community about watershed issues and become stewards of the long term. Thank you for this opportunity."

    Taylor Brook Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • "I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this amazing conference. I am so impressed with the energy and education of presenters as well as the flawless organization of the whole weekend."

    Chelsea Updegrove The Lands Council
  • "Thank you for investing in the future of water in our shared environment, but most importantly, thank you for your investment in my personal and professional development. I am wiser thanks to you."

    Merri Sheffield
  • "Thank you so much for making it possible to be here at River Rally. I’m here for the first time and loving it. I think it’s super important to have people of color be a part of this movement."

    Sergio Cira-Reyes Urban Core Collective
  • "Just as I begin to feel tired and defeated and consider a non-environmental career move, I came to River Rally and heard Monica Lewis-Patrick speak. Thank you for allowing people like me to attend River Rally. Sometimes it takes one to have powerful moment at River Rally to hit the reset button on my motivation. It’s tough out there but that’s why the River Network family is so important."

    Chelsea Blount New River Conservancy
  • "Gracias! Thanks for the opportunity to attend River Rally 2019! I gained numerous ideas and best practices that I can’t wait to go back and try in communities in central California where millions of residents don’t have water, have contaminated water, and/or pay hundreds of dollars for water they cannot use."

    River Rally 2019 Scholarship Recipient
  • "This was my first year at River Rally and I gained a lot of useful information, met amazing folks doing similar work to me and, perhaps most importantly renewed my passion! I could not have come without your support, but now that I have been here I know that I cannot miss attending in the future. It is that valuable! Thank you!"

    Holly Loff Eagle River Watershed Council