River Rally 2020 Themes

All workshops at River Rally 2020 will relate to one or more of the themes below. We also encourage workshops that relate to these themes and intersect with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Working with Farmers and Ranchers: We all need food and fiber, but what does it take to have agriculture and healthy rivers exist side-by-side? We invite you to share your experiences that demonstrate what is possible in collaboration with farmers and ranchers, the connection to soil health and crop diversification, challenges of equity and justice in rural America, how communities have stood-up against bad actors, and improvements to water contamination and river flows. 

Building Resilient Cities and Communities: How do we help rivers become part of the social vitality and economic future of cities and communities? What opportunities exist to help these communities become less vulnerable to the impacts of floods and droughts? How do we make sure to avoid harm to vulnerable populations caused by restoration and recovery? We invite you to share your lessons including how partnerships among water advocates and producers have expanded your perspective.

Pursuing Safe, Clean, and Affordable Drinking Water: Everyone needs safe, clean and affordable water to drink. However, drinking water may not be as safe as generations of Americans have come to expect and a growing number of people in our country face unaffordable water bills while water utilities struggle to fund maintenance or replace aging pipes. How do we address these challenges in both urban and rural areas? We invite you to share your lessons and insights.

Advancing Robust, and Effective Water Laws and PoliciesDoes your work include empowering citizens, organizations, and governments to protect, strengthen, and implement water laws and policies? Does your work include new water law and policy innovations that support conservation or infrastructure investment or address concerns of those who are more vulnerable due to income, influence, or discrimination? If so, please share your story, the keys to your success, and your advice to others.

Civic Participation and Our Water Future: The cornerstone of a vibrant democracy is an engaged and empowered electorate, one that is informed, shows up at public meetings, votes in elections, and demands accountability. If your work involves civic participation and engagement, we invite you to help demystify how to get started and how this activism has been used to goals related to clean water and healthy rivers.  

Expanding Impact through Science, Technology, and Monitoring: Conservation and community engagement informed by science, underpinned by proven technology, and supported by data allow us to achieve more impact and demonstrate value. Have you been able to engage your community in data collections efforts that have expanded your reach? What practical approaches and tools are working for you that are transferrable to others or scalable for bigger impact?     

Addressing Climate Risk for Greater Water Security: How are you using climate science, modeling, and other data to inform better decision-making in a time of persistent drought and record floods? Are you pushing towards solutions that manage groundwater and surface water to let rivers remain alive? What novel approaches exist to financing resilient infrastructure, restoration, and protection of water resources or disaster preparedness and how can data help?

Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations, and Coalitions: Do you have insights about organizational effectiveness, avoiding burnout, leading cultural change, achieving fundraising goals, understanding nonprofit finances, measuring progress, building membership programs, communicating with impact about water, or becoming more diverse, equitable, and inclusive? If so, we invite you to share your approaches, insights, and tools with nonprofit leaders from coast to coast.     

Becoming a High-Performance Board of Directors: A top-notch board of directors can help your organization have greater impact, raise more money, and become more creative and responsive. What are the fundamentals of being a great board member? What are you doing to sharpen board members’ skills, create an inclusive and positive board culture that attracts and retains talent, or keep it “fun”? What formats work best for board retreats and meetings?   

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