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See Our Network’s Future in Four Key Issues

For 30 years, River Network has served as a backbone for groups working at the local level across the United States, connecting them to each other and to the resources and knowledge they need to succeed. Thirty years ago, that network included a few hundred groups. Today, the network includes nearly six thousand community and… Read More

River Network and Patagonia Award Wild and Scenic River Grants to Four Grassroots Organizations

  This October marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. In the past half century, over 12,000 miles of 200+ rivers have been designated wild and scenic, affording extra protection to some of the country’s most spectacular and valued river stretches. Federal agencies are tasked with managing these… Read More

Building Resilient Communities: Insights from Puerto Rico

The Caño Martin Peña connects San Juan neighborhoods with the San Juan Bay National Estuary. Photo provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico, wiping out nearly all public access to power, water, health facilities, and supermarkets. Before Hurricane Maria made landfall in 2017, Puerto Rico was already struggling with environmental issues, and it was clear that the problems were tied to social and economic issues…. Read More

Leveraging Our Voices to Protect Clean Water Policies At Risk

During River Network’s annual conference River Rally (May 2017) the Trump Administration was taking public comment on which environmental regulations it should eliminate. It was perfect timing to ask our nationwide network of community water advocates to let the Administration know that they want regulations to protect people, not polluters. We mailed in hundreds of… Read More

Junction Function: Community Engagement Done Right

As River Network’s Great Lakes Leadership Development Manager, I recently had the opportunity to join 66 community members for a two-day event organized by Junction Coalition in Toledo, Ohio. Junction Coalition is in the Swan Creek subwatershed that is part of the greater Maumee river that empties into western Lake Erie. Thanks to a grant… Read More