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 February 2023 edition of River Voices. This month, meet the five communities we’re collaborating with to support leadership development for equitable climate resilience. Plus, what we’re reading for Black History Month.

Welcome to the January 2023 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re thrilled to release our State Revolving Fund Advocacy Toolkit – a first of its kind, comprehensive resource that will make you an expert on how to advocate for equitable implementation of historic federal investments in water infrastructure. And, we hope your new year is off to a good start, whatever that means for you!

Welcome to the December 2022 edition of River Voices. This month, watch a new video featuring partners in our work with Water Now Alliance to build trust between water utilities and community organizations. Our gratitude for your support on Giving Tuesday and Colorado Gives Day! If you missed the giving days, you can still support our work this year.

Welcome to the November 2022 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re sharing the culmination of four years of river planning in Colorado’s Yampa River Basin and looking ahead to the action to come. Plus, next Tuesday is Election Day!

Welcome to the October 2022 edition of River Voices. This month, we’re gearing up for the release of the 3rd edition of our Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual on October 18, and celebrating 50 years of this landmark water law.

Welcome to the September 2022 edition of River Voices. This month, dive into community-led research (CLR) through a story map highlighting the work of four network members employing CLR to equitably and successfully carry out climate resilience solutions in their communities.

Welcome to the August 2022 edition of River Voices. This month, join us on the Wild & Scenic River system, with a visit to Oregon’s Umpqua Watershed, and meet the 2022 Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership grantees. We also have expert guidance on data visualization in a guest blog from Princeton Hydro. Plus, an update on the next River Rally!

Welcome to the July 2022 edition of River Voices. This month we’re sharing our journey exploring and implementing trust-based philanthropy. Instead of articles, you’ll find a plenary panel recording from River Rally and an audio experience some of the Flow Funding participants and some of our staff, along with additional reading materials and network-wide events. We hope you enjoy! Look for continued storytelling around trust-based and decolonized philanthropy throughout upcoming issues of River Voices.

Welcome to the June 2022 edition of River Voices. This month we’re pleased to release two new sections of the State Policy Hub, and a new story map on how our Equitable Development Collaborative goes beyond resilience, ensuring communities don’t face gentrification and displacement following urban waters restoration projects.

Welcome to the May 2022 edition of River Voices. It’s Drinking Water Month! Learn how we’re supporting the network in navigating new opportunities for equitable water infrastructure funding through SRFs and LIHWAP.

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of River Voices. This month we’re taking a look at our recent work at the intersection of rivers and agriculture. Plus, we’ve extended the River Rally Early Bird pricing deadline and are thrilled to announce keynote and plenary speakers!

Welcome to the March 2022 edition of River Voices. This month we’re launching the State of the Network Survey – and you’re invited to participate! Plus, hear from President Nicole Silk on our upcoming Strategic Refresh and why our commitment to our key issues is stronger than ever.

Welcome to the February 2022 edition of River Voices. This month we mark Black History Month by sharing stories of Black leaders from across the network.

Plus, River Rally registration is OPEN!

Welcome to the January 2022 edition of River Voices. Start off the new year the new year with a look at how we’ve worked with Partners for Environmental Justice to take their organization to the next level, and support your own personal and organizational development goals with our new and improved Resource Library.

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!