How We Help

Water Protectors Map

River Network’s Approach

River Network connects local water organizations and empowers organizations and individuals with the tools, training, and resources needed for success. We unite peers and link them with organizations, agencies, foundations, and businesses who can fuel and further their work.

Build Strong Champions. River Network supports four essential knowledge areas: (a) community watershed science, (b) policy and civic engagement, (c) equity, diversity, and inclusion in river conservation and water resource issues, and (d) organizational and coalition strength and impact. We offer this to our network through mentoring, in-person training, webinars and self-paced distance learning, online discussions, our annual River Rally conference, and group facilitation/consultation.

Strengthen the Network. River Network strengthens bonds between groups and leaders, increases knowledge and skills needed to address key issues, creates alignment on shared value propositions and, when feasible, helps the network take collective action. We provide virtual and in-person meetings, toolkits and resources, and access to funding to support local projects.

Grow the Network. River Network expands the network to include organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to healthy rivers and clean water. We welcome a diverse membership and encourage new voices and perspectives. Our membership services, Water Protectors Map, and business partnerships are part of this strategy.

Leverage Voices of the Network. River Network amplifies stories of grit and promise from our network, increasing understanding of key issues and other topics, and accelerating action on pressing policies. We help impactful stories from our network reach a wider audience through social media, earned media, our website, newsletters, and other publications.

Read about our specific services and programs in the links below.

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Centering Equity

We elevate equity across all our work and act as a catalyst and leader toward a more diverse and inclusive movement for our nation’s waters. Learn more.

Science Support

River Network provides support to groups on the ground seeking to bring the power of science into their efforts to advocate for healthy rivers. Learn more.

Connect & Learn

Education and training are the foundation of our mission to strengthen and empower water organizations and leaders. Learn more.

Businesses & Water

River Network helps businesses support our members’ restoration, conservation, and clean-up activities across the U.S. Learn more.