How We Help

River Network staff and board members at a river cleanup near Denver, CO.

River Network’s Approach

River Network strengthens organizations and leaders to improve and protect their waterways, create climate-resilient communities, and ensure equitable access to safe, affordable drinking water.

We accomplish this locally and nationally by responding to the capacity and training needs of organizations and communities, and by synthesizing, elevating, and activating proven and promising practices from the field. River Network shares challenges, learnings, and successes from the field, catalyzing organizations to apply them for healthy rivers and clean drinking water.

River Network equips and connects advocates at the local, state, and federal levels to advance and implement policy, increase investments, and build power for greater collective impact and action.

These efforts create a connected and inclusive movement for equitable access to healthy waters and climate-resilient communities for people and nature to thrive.

Read about our specific services and programs in the links below and visit the Our Focus page to explore how we focus our work.

Centering Equity & Inclusion

River Network is committed to building on its history in working with others by embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission. We act as a catalyst and leader toward a more diverse and inclusive movement for our nation’s waters. Learn more.

Strong Organizations & Leaders

Organizations on the frontlines of the environmental movement need leaders with the skills to meet evolving and complex challenges like climate change, adverse political climates, and widespread demands for racial justice and equity. Learn how River Network provides support.

Effective Advocacy & Policy

Well-equipped and engaged advocates and communities are critical in the fight for strong water laws and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. They are essential to safeguarding our environment in a way that equitably protects all people. Learn more.

Science in Action

We support local groups seeking to use the power of science in their efforts to advocate for healthy rivers. This includes identifying science needs, designing and implementing monitoring programs, and more, through mentoring, training programs, and peer-to-peer exchanges. Learn more.

Connect & Learn

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