River Voices: February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of River Voices! This month we look at the road ahead for Clean Water, plus launch our new Civic Engagement webinar training series. We also warmly invite you to a free webinar with water authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Gascho Landis hosted by River Network’s President, Nicole Silk. Also, don’t miss your opportunity to get free rain barrel materials.

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Speaking Up for Clean Water Policies

Over the past year we’ve witnessed a relentless series of attacks on our safeguards for clean water and healthy communities from the Trump Administration and Congress. River Network’s members have been at the forefront of raising awareness and speaking up for the value of regulatory safeguards to their rivers and communities.

In 2018, we’ll continue to leverage the voices of our members and friends, to protect the bedrock federal policies and clean water protections now at risk. Learn more about the federal policies at risk and how you can use our Federal Budget Toolkit to support your efforts to protect federal investments in your local rivers and waters. These strategies and success stories give us hope. Read the full article.

Meet Our Team


Meet Gayle Killam River Network’s Deputy Director of Science and Policy. Gayle has been training and supporting citizens across the country to improve implementation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act since 1998. Read more about Gayle’s work.

Sign & Share

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Jeep Wrangler’s ‘Anti-Manifesto’ Super Bowl commercial showed a Jeep charging through a lake, up a waterfall. The message was deeply irresponsible. Please SIGN and SHARE this letter to Jeep encouraging better corporate citizenship.

River Rally 2018


Spots are filling fast for this year’s River Rally, April 29 – May 2, 2018, near Lake Tahoe, California. Don’t miss the opportunity to join thought leaders and hundreds of colleagues from across the country! Register today.

Postel’s vivid story telling of what it takes to keep our rivers wet and what gives her hope allows readers easy access to the complex world of water security. Like a good love story, we are left deeply intrigued and drawn in, wishing for more.

–Nicole Silk on Sandra Postel’s Replenish (Island Press, 2017). Join Postel and author Abbie Gascho Landis for Fixing Our Broken Water Cycle: A Conversation.

Upcoming Webinars & Events

Fixing Our Broken Water Cycle: A Conversation

February 12, 1-2 pm EST. Join authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Gascho Landis to explore health of our water cycle and how we can address human impact on water’s natural rhythms. Moderated by River Network President, Nicole Silk. This is a free webinar. Register here.

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit for Stormwater Management

February 22, 1–2:30 pm EST.  Learn about EPA green infrastructure models and tools, communication materials, and resources for planners and developers for green infrastructure decisions. This is a free webinar. Learn more and register.

Advocacy vs. Organizing in Your Community as a 501c3

February 27, 1-2:15 pm EST. Part 1 in our series on growing civic support, this webinar offers tools, tips, and best practices to increase civic engagement without compromising 501c3 status. This is a premium webinar for paid River Network members only. Register today.

Building Membership and Sustained Giving Programs

March 1, 1–2 pm EST. The final session of our Fundraising Essentials webinar series focuses on membership and sustained giving programs. Learn best practices to help you launch and grow. This is a premium webinar open to paid River Network members only. Learn more and register.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity for Free Materials to Build Rain Barrels

Hosting public rain barrel workshops is a cost-effective way to engage your community in water education and conservation. River Network’s Project Rain Barrel makes workshop planning simple by connecting conservation organizations across the US and Canada with recycled food-grade drums, free hardware kits, customizable workshop materials, and paid social media promotion. Workshops may also be used as fundraisers for your organization. Applications are approved on a first come-first-served basis while supplies last and are open to both free and paid River Network member organizations. Learn more and be sure to follow the Project Rain Barrel Facebook page.


Careers & Professional Opportunities

Check out our network’s job board for the latest water-stewardship career opportunities. Have a job to post? Submit a job here.

Funding Opportunities

Paid River Network members enjoy this premium benefit! Submit projects to the Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank. Learn more.

River-Science Connection

Do you need science or technical support? River Network members can post detailed requests at the River Science Connection. Get paired with the right resource.

Contact Us

Are you looking for training in water stewardship, organization leadership development, or water science and policy analysis? Contact us.