River Voices

Explore River Voices, River Network’s monthly digital newsletter. In every issue you’ll find fresh thinking on water issues, upcoming events and learning opportunities, and success stories from across the network. Read the most recent issues below, visit our archive to view earlier issues, and subscribe to receive new issues of River Voices directly to your inbox. If you would like to have the great work of your organization shared across the network, click here to submit your success story.

Welcome to the December 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re highlighting groups’ efforts to towards equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), through external programs on Wild & Scenic Rivers and through internal efforts advancing EDI within organizations. Plus, explore our new report with WaterNow Alliance on building partnerships with your local water utility!

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, learn how local groups are implementing River Network’s Waste in Our Waters toolkit and how you can replicate their lessons learned in your community. Planning on coming to River Rally in June? Take our survey to help shape the program and be entered to win a Patagonia jacket!

Welcome to the October 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, explore community-centered water planning efforts, from what we’ve learned in San Antonio and Arizona on ensuring Integrated Water Management Planning addresses equity concerns, to Stream Management Planning in Colorado, and more.

Welcome to the September 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re diving into water policy under the Biden Administration and new Congress so far and there’s just one month left to join or renew your River Network membership at a 20% discount.

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re exploring equitable resilience through the lens of Community-Led Research. Plus, it’s membership discount time AND we have River Rally 2022 dates! Join or renew and enjoy a 20% discount on your yearly membership dues, then save big on Rally.

Welcome to the July 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re sharing progress from our work at the intersection of healthy rivers and agricultural landscapes. Plus, sign up for our Equitable Water Infrastructure Boot-Camp by July 26.

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re debuting our new Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit. We’re also sharing our staff’s internal plans and learning around Juneteenth. Plus, our gratitude for another inspiring River Rally!

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re exploring what community looks like for the network today – from local events that encourage individual action for community waterways, to online information sharing and connection. Plus, River Rally is just a few weeks away!

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re taking a look at the state of water access and affordability one year into the pandemic and sharing our excitement for Action Day for Clean Water and RiversPlus, register for River Rally by April 15 to take part in the mentorship program!

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re exploring how individuals, organizations, and communities can achieve more by working together and introducing the new “Community-Led Research Toolkit for Equitable Climate Resilience“. Plus, apply for a River Rally scholarship before the deadline on March 12!

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re reflecting on lessons learned from four organizations in the Great Lakes basin that modified their drinking water campaigns in response to COVID-19. Plus, join River Network’s new online community and register for River Rally 2021!

Welcome to the January 2021 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re looking back at water policy highs and lows from 2020 and sharing the findings of our 2020 trends report, “Our Water, Our Future: State of River and Watershed Protection.” Plus, River Rally 2021 registration opens next week!

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re highlighting the importance of local community involvement for our waters. Learn how over 20 local groups are engaging youth and community members through our grant programs and explore our newest publication, “Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Fostering Community Leadership.”

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re digging into our role as a connector. Why are backbone, intermediary organizations like River Network so important to the local groups we serve? Find out through two fascinating looks at two sides of our work: organizational development and restoration support.

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of River Voices. This month, ahead of the 2020 election, find ways to Get Out the Vote in your community and through your organization. Plus, an update on River Rally 2021 and more time to submit your workshop proposals (new deadline: October 15)!

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re excited to present a new effort to share our history and journey through the lens of our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) work. You’ll also hear from our staff EDI committee. Plus, save 20% on River Network premium membership through September 30.

Welcome to the August 2020 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re looking at the many different ways businesses are getting involved in local water protection and helping empower groups across the network.We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts on topics for our fall Roundtable series and how your organization is working at the intersection of healthy rivers and agricultural landscapes.

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of River Voices, with a focus on our work in the Delaware River basin. Explore our new website pages for this work, read Colleen Walters’s reflections on returning to her home watershed, and hear how Bartram’s Gardens’ community boating program is providing water access and experience to the community. And, all premium members now have access to Virtual River Rally content. Join or renew today!

Welcome to the June 2020 edition of River Voices, with a focus on what we’re seeing at Virtual River Rally so far, a brand new toolkit for aquatic litter removal, and River Network’s statement on Central Park racism.

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of River Voices. We hope you’re staying healthy – both physically and mentally. This month, learn how we’re adapting our river cleanup events for physical distancing, hear from RN President Nicole Silk on how Virtual River Rally will bring hope to the network, find resources for Mental Health Month, and more.

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of River Voices with a focus on our organizational development work and how the nationwide network of water protectors is supporting each other through the COVID-19 crisis. Plus, read our join statement with American Rivers on watershutoffs and public health.

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of River Voices, reflecting on our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Hear from President Nicole Silk and a few members of our staff on their own journeys and how this work is shaping River Network, both internally and externally.

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of River Voices, taking a look at our healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes work through Environmental Water Transactions (EWTs). Read reflections from our meeting last fall, and meet network members who are implementing EWTs in the West.

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of River Voices, with a focus on water law and policy! We’re celebrating the start of a new decade by looking back on the previous two decades of our Clean Water Act trainings. Read the 2019 policy wrap up, reflecting on both the wins and losses for water policy last year. Plus, River Rally registration is open!