Since 1988, River Network has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the waters of our country, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged community members and local organizations take a stand for their waters. More than 8,500 NGOs, agencies, tribal groups, and utilities protect and restore rivers and safeguard clean water across the United States. River Network is the only national organization whose sole purpose is to connect and strengthen this network.
River Network’s Pillars
Clean Water. Despite great advances in water pollution control, over half of our nation’s surveyed waters are of “poor” condition and cannot support healthy aquatic life.
Ample Water. Although much of the water that is withdrawn from rivers or other water sources is returned after use, some is consumed and never returns. In the U.S., nearly one in ten watersheds is stressed because consumption exceeds supply.
Strong Champions. Supporting local champions has always been at the heart of our work. Strong champions for our rivers come in many forms, from coalitions, to small and large organizations, to the leaders and members of these groups.
How We Strengthen the Network
- facilitating learning and networking opportunities
- providing science support
- catalyzing policy change
- offering leadership development training and consulting
- supporting groups’ visibility and reach through tools and publications
River Network connects and empowers organizations, providing tools, training, and resources needed for success. By uniting peers and linking them with other nonprofit organizations, agencies, foundations, and businesses who can fuel and further their work, our network aligns for collective action and, ultimately, expands impact. Explore how we help.
All too frequently, individuals and groups involved with natural resource conservation fail to celebrate their hard-won successes. Too often, important victories are allowed to be overshadowed by the next issue or threat. 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 River Heroes and Compton Award winners.
Taking care of water and rivers is hard work. Impact stories elevate success and achievement from across our membership. Each example goes beyond the ordinary and reveals the power of hope, the value of grit, and the importance of creativity. These stories are here to spark innovation in others and spread good ideas more quickly. We hope they inspire you too. Explore River Network’s impact stories.