River Voices Newsletter

River Voices is River Network’s free quarterly e-newsletter. We use this publication as a platform for sharing deep thinking, fresh ideas, and compelling stories relating to topics of interest to the river and watershed community. You can read our most recent issues by selecting from the list below, visit our archive to view earlier issues, and subscribe to receive new issues of River Voices directly to your inbox. There’s something for everyone!

River Voices October 2016 Issue: Science for River Advocates

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In this issue of River Voices, we have a great collection of articles from leading scientific voices to get you thinking about how our rivers work, how we use science to help spark our communities and our society to do more, and opportunities to deploy science to better communicate what our rivers need to remain healthy, thriving, and sustainably managed.

River Voices July 2016 Issue: Climate Change and Resilience

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As we face a future with more extreme events, we can expect more people to become climate refugees. What are we going to do to prepare our communities, to help reduce the risk to the most vulnerable, and build back into our ecosystems the ability to absorb the impact of these changes? Can we have both healthy rivers and resilient communities? The articles in this quarter’s River Voices explore these challenges from a variety of different perspectives.

River Voices April 2016 Issue: Restoring Flows to Our Rivers

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The articles in this issue are designed to expand your understanding of where and why our rivers are in trouble – and what you can do to make a difference. We must know how much water our rivers need and what we can do to return this water after use or to reduce withdrawals. And of course, who we can collaborate with for lasting change.

River Voices January 2016 Issue: Disaster Preparedness

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We can do more to prepare for disasters and build resiliency into our ecosystems to help protect people from danger. We can also build resiliency into the social systems that we need to recover more quickly. Both investments are crucial to building a more sustainable future for people and nature. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to build your own disaster response plan, to identify who you will work with to assure your river is restored after disaster strikes, and to help engage your community in this rebuilding process.

River Voices October 2015 Issue: Diversity and Inclusiveness

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We need organizations that are welcome to people of all colors and identities and bring everyone access to healthy rivers, just like we need our society to embrace everyone equally. This issue of River Voices explores the changing nature of society, simple ways to start building a more diverse and inclusive movement, and incredibly evocative personal stories. As with all issues of River Voices, we hope these articles inspire you to explore further and even transform your path moving forward.

River Voices July 2015 Issue: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers

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What would happen if we tried a different approach with the waters that pass through our cities? What if instead of turning our back on these waters and managing them for fast exit from our urban areas, we turned toward them? What if instead of pushing them underground and into pipes and concrete, we brought them out into the open? Could we bring back their ecological function while also delivering benefit to our communities?

River Voices April 2015 Issue: Water Security and Sustainability

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We have collected a great set articles to get you thinking about whether we have ample water in our rivers for people and nature, what do we when the answer is no, tools for determining how your river is doing and how much water your river needs, and some new perspectives. We don’t attempt to provide you with definitive answers or all perspectives. Rather, we hope to inspire you to explore further.