River Rally 2021 Workshop Themes

All workshops at River Rally 2021 will relate to one or more of the themes below.

Water & Agriculture Learn what it takes for agriculture and healthy rivers to exist side-by-side, what is possible in collaboration with farmers and ranchers toward clean water and healthy rivers, the connection to soil health and crop diversification, challenges of equity and justice in rural America, and examples of communities that have stood-up against bad actors.

Resilient Communities Explore how rivers can be drivers of the social vitality and economic future of cities and communities, how to help communities become less vulnerable to the impacts of floods and droughts, lessons for avoiding harm to vulnerable populations caused by restoration and recovery, and connections between urban and rural landscapes and perspectives.

Drinking Water Expand your understanding of the challenges faced by water utilities seeking to upgrade their infrastructure and improve their services to deliver greater access to safe drinking water, the unequal implications of rate increases (for service upgrades and other purposes) to low income and racially diverse communities in urban and rural settings, and novel approaches for a more equitable path forward.

Policy & Advocacy Grow your familiarity with laws and policies that protect healthy rivers and clean water in your community, new laws and policies that could help you strengthen protection for places you care about, how civic engagement for water may be what is missing in your community, and what you can do to enable activism and accountability moving forward.

Science & Climate Learn about how communities are engaging their residents in data collection, how data can help inform our understanding of both the overall health of rivers and water and also where harm is occurring (e.g., flood and drought impacts) and the impact of climate change, and opportunities to leverage what we are learning for bigger impact locally, regionally, and nationally.

Organizational Capacity Building Gain access to new ideas to help you transform your organization, lead change processes and inspire your team, become the staff or board leader that you aspire to be, identify and sharpen the skills necessary for the road ahead, become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, and expand your ability to tell your story and achieve fundraising success.

Download the River Rally 2021 digital program.