River Science Connection

Restoring and protecting our waterways is immensely complicated work, often requiring expertise across a wide variety of scientific and technical disciplines. Few nonprofit water protection organizations can employ all the technical specialists they need to complete their work, and so often need to look outside their organization to access assistance. The technical needs of watershed organizations can become applied public research projects, empirical models, and experiential learning opportunities for researchers and students.

The River Science Connection  allows watershed organizations to post detailed requests for science and technical services. Our robust system allows members to describe a wide variety of project and partnership types, helping us find the right match for technical support. Requests are shared both in-network, and with external science networks like the Society for Freshwater Science and the Union of Concerned Scientists. We hope to catalyze no-cost mutually beneficial partnerships but the exchange is also suitable for the posting of contractual service opportunities, and below you can find guidance for forming unique partner arrangements. For questions about the river science connection contact our Science Manager, Adam Griggs.

Post your science and technical needs

  • River Network members can use this form to describe their project or service need, describe the type of working relationship they envision, and the resources available for the project

View current science and technical service requests

  • Search for science needs that match your interests
  • Apply to complete projects, research, engage in experiential learning, participate in staff exchanges, and more!

Check out resources for forming collaborative partnerships and case study examples

  • View resources from the Union of Concerned Scientists and universities
  • Learn what it takes to create successful partnerships

Register to receive updates from the River Science Connection

  • Sign up to be a science service provider or receive regular updates from our science programs