River Network is the only national nonprofit whose sole purpose is to connect and strengthen the efforts of water leaders: the passionate individuals affiliated with over 8,500 local groups, agencies, tribes, and utilities working for healthy rivers and clean water across the US. For 30+ years, we’ve empowered water leaders creating lasting and sustainable change at the local level, delivering tools, training, financial support, and mentorship.
We are facing a water crisis in the United States, a crisis that includes issues of security, affordability, quality, and access.
In response, we are aligning our network for collective action on four Key Issues, which define a new path forward and seek climate solutions:
- Clean, Safe, and Affordable Drinking Water
- Healthy Rivers in Agricultural Landscapes
- Robust and Effective Water Laws and Policies
- Resilient Cities and Communities
River Network continually seeks to strengthen our members and the power of our network through expanding the network’s reach, leveraging voices from across our network, and increasing the network’s influence to create alignment and empower collective action on key issues. The following approaches provide the foundation for all our work, flowing through our programs in unique ways:
- Leading with Equity
- Transforming Data Into Action
- Building Strong Organizations and Leaders
Our strategic plan outlines our response to current water crises and commitment to connecting and aligning the national network of more than 8,500 local groups, agencies, tribes, and. utilities for shared action. Read about how we are empowering action on key issues in the complete 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
Hosted annually, River Rally provides an inspiring and energy-infused touchpoint for nonprofit groups, agency and foundation representatives, innovators, philanthropists, academics, students, and community leaders. We bring the network together to accelerate progress towards an equitable and sustainable water future. Learn more and get involved.
All too frequently, individuals and groups involved with natural resource conservation fail to celebrate their hard-won successes. Challenges always lie ahead, but we need to take time each year to celebrate our achievements and the people who make them possible. Read about recent Emerging Leaders and River Heroes and Compton Award winners.
River Network supports groups’ visibility and reach through tools, publications, our monthly River Voices newsletter, and bimonthly Meet Your Network features. We help groups share their successes, reach new audiences, and tell their stories. Read River Voices and Meet Your Network.