How We Help

Water Protectors Map

The potential strength of nearly 6,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in protecting our waters at the local level, and countless businesses and individuals who care about clean water and healthy rivers is enormous.

River Network’s Approach

River Network connects local water champions and empowers organizations and individuals with the tools, training, and resources needed for success. We unite peers and link them with agencies, nonprofit organizations, 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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Networking & Learning

Education and training are the foundation of River Network’s overall mission to strengthen and empower clean water organizations. Explore ways to connect and learn with River Network.

Policy Change

River Network works on policies and regulations that support rivers’ ecological function, drinking water, and recreation. Learn more about how River Network catalyzes policy change.

Leadership Development

We mentor and train organizations to build staff, funding, and programs to address their community’s local water concerns. Find upcoming online leadership development training, or contact us to learn more about our services.

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 about science support.

Organizational Assessment

Use our organizational assessment tool to learn how your organization can grow in effectiveness toward your mission.

Businesses & Water

River Network helps businesses support our members’ restoration, conservation, and clean-up activities across the U.S. See how businesses are supporting water initiatives across the U.S.