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 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 Rivers. Plus, 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!
Welcome to the December 2019 edition of River Voices, with a focus on drinking water. Hear about our commitment to equity and the Drinking Water Guide and meet network members Kim Gaddy and Aly Shaw, who participated in our drinking water, equity, and climate peer learning cohort. Plus, our heartfelt gratitude to all who supported a strong network on #GivingTuesday!
Welcome to the November 2019 edition of River Voices, with a focus on Latinx community engagement. Hear about Ixchel’s work fighting for clean drinking water in two western Chicago suburbs and meet network member Nayamin Martinez to read about her work in California’s Central Valley. Plus, our Drinking Water Guide is now available in Spanish!
Welcome to the October 2019 edition of River Voices, with a recap of our 2018-2019 Project Rain Barrel season and next steps from the River Rally Idea Exchanges. Meet our new Institutional Relations Director, Katie Murphy along with network member Kevin Jeffery. Plus, the River Rally workshop submission deadline has been extended: you can now submit until October 8!
Welcome to the September 2019 edition of River Voices, with the announcement of seven US Forest Service Wild and Scenic Rivers grant recipients and our team’s local reflections for World Rivers Day. Learn about our work with integrated water management plans in Colorado through a story from the wild Yampa River (the only Colorado River tributary without a large dam). Plus: One month left to submit a workshop proposal for River Rally 2020!
River Voices August 2019: Mapping Waters for Recreation in the Delaware Basin
Welcome to the August 2019 edition of River Voices, with special focus on recreation mapping in the Delaware Basin. Meet Brenna Goggin, River Network’s Mid-Atlantic Leadership Development Manager, and see what’s changed in the Southeast with an updated version of our report, Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers.
River Voices July 2019: River Rally 2019 Highlights & The Power of Rally
Welcome to the July 2019 edition of River Voices, with special focus on River Rally 2019. Meet Amy Boal, River Network’s Marketing and Communications Manager, and see River Rally 2019 highlights, including a piece by journalist James Edward Mills on equity, diversity, and inclusion at Rally.
River Voices June 2019: Community Resilience
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of River Voices, with special focus on urban flooding and our community resilience work. Meet Diana Toledo, River Network’s Leadership Development Director, and see River Rally 2019 highlights, including an opportunity to join the Urban Waters Learning Forum.
River Voices May 2019: A Drinking Water Guide for All
Welcome to the May 2019 edition of River Voices, announcing the launch of the Drinking Water Guide: A Resource for Advocates. Plus, meet Jumana Vasi, a River Network board member and core contributor to the Drinking Water Guide, and see River Rally 2019 highlights, including an opportunity to join the Urban Waters Learning Forum.
River Voices April 2019: Rally Up for Idea Exchanges
Welcome to the April 2019 edition of River Voices. Read about River Rally 2019’s most exciting new format, the Idea Exchange, an opportunity to connect over today’s hottest topics. Plus, meet Adam Marciniak, Board Member of Friends of the Black River, and check out the latest tips and network news.
River Voices March 2019: Businesses Investing In Water
Welcome to the March 2019 edition of River Voices. Read about how the Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank is helping businesses invest in regional water replenishment projects. Plus, meet Brenda Coley, Co-Executive Director of Milwaukee Water Commons, and check out the latest webinars and funding opportunities.
River Voices February 2019: Agriculture and Water in the West
Welcome to the February 2019 edition of River Voices. Read about how diverse stakeholders are uniting to keep water flowing in the Colorado River. Plus, meet River Network’s Institutional Relations Director, Leslie Woollenweber, and Juliana Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Watershed Project, and check out the latest webinars and funding opportunities.
River Voices January 2019: The Future of Water Policy
Welcome to the January 2019 edition of River Voices. Read our 2018 water policy round-up and get set for what’s ahead in 2019. Plus, meet River Network’s membership and operations associate, Carly Schmidt, and Cindy Lowry, executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, and check out the latest webinars and funding opportunities.
River Voices December 2018: Latino & Hispanic Engagement
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of River Voices. We’re pleased to present (in English and Spanish) River Network’s Latino and Hispanic Community Engagement: Best Practices for Water Groups. Plus, meet our network (Cindy Chang), and check out the latest webinars, funding opportunities, and our Emerging Leader Award announcement.
River Voices November 2018: River Network’s 30th Anniversary
Welcome to the November 2018 edition of River Voices. We’re celebrating River Network’s 30th Anniversary as an organization, from our humble origins to supporting a thriving network of 6,000+ groups today. Check out the latest webinars, plus our call for River Heroes nominations, due November 10th.
River Voices October 2018: 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers
Welcome to the October 2018 edition of River Voices. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, which now protects over 12,000 miles of 200+ rivers. Check out the latest learning opportunities and webinars, plus the new River Rally 2019 workshop proposal deadline, October 31.
River Voices September 2018: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Welcome to the September 2018 edition of River Voices. Join us as we review our journey to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in the movement for our waters. Meet some inspiring champions in our growing network. Plus, sign up for September learning opportunities and webinars. Reminder: River Rally 2019 workshop proposals are due October 1!
River Voices August 2018: Why Citizen Science Matters
Welcome to the August 2018 edition of River Voices. Learn about the future of citizen science, water monitoring, and water data. Celebrate the latest Wild and Scenic River designated earlier this month. And don’t forget to check out the River Rally 2019 workshop proposal guidelines! Plus, find funding, search jobs, and share the Water Protectors Map with your community.
River Voices July 2018: Key Issues for Our Water Future
Welcome to the July 2018 edition of River Voices. Learn about the four key issues that will unite our network in collaborative work over the next 5 years, meet River Network’s President Nicole Silk, and (yes, already!) read our call for River Rally 2019 workshop proposals. Plus, find funding, search jobs, and share the Water Protectors Map with your community.
River Voices June 2018: World Environment Day
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of River Voices. This issue features results from our long-standing World Environment Day (celebrated this year on June 5th) partnership with Anheuser-Busch, plus an introduction to Zak Lance, River Network’s Community Engagement Manager. Check out funding opportunities for River Network members, plus the latest webinars and resources.
River Voices May 2018: Building Community Resilience
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of River Voices. This issue includes a look at community resilience in Puerto Rico, the launch of River Network’s searchable map Who is Protecting Your Water?, plus an introduction to Paco Ollervides, River Network’s Leadership Development Manager. Check out funding opportunities for River Network members, plus the latest webinars and resources.
River Voices April 2018: River Rally Sneak Peek
Welcome to the April 2018 edition of River Voices. This issue includes a sneak peek at River Rally and the Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary, plus an introduction to Jorie Emory, our Community Strategies Director and River Rally leader, who is passionate about the intersection of community arts and grassroots environmental advocacy. Check out funding opportunities for River Network members, plus the latest webinars and resources.
River Voices March 2018: Safe & Affordable Drinking Water
Welcome to the March 2018 edition of River Voices. We are excited to share highlights of our community resilience work, including the launch of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Cohort, plus an introduction to Diana Toledo, our Leadership Development Director and urban-water leadership development expert. Check out funding opportunities for Wild & Scenic Rivers events and community engagement, plus our latest webinars and resources.
River Voices February 2018: Speaking Up for Clean Water
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.
River Voices January 2018: Rivers in Agricultural Landscapes
Welcome to the January 2018 issue of River Voices! We hope you enjoy the fresh look and feel of our monthly publication, designed to highlight essential insights, inspiration, and resources to further your work. This month we explore the topic of how agricultural communities and conservationists are working together for healthier rivers. Also, don’t miss fundraising tips from our Leadership Development team, plus the latest events and webinars.
River Voices July 2017 Issue: 2017 River Heroes
This issue of River Voices features our 2017 River Heroes – Angie Rosser, Denny Caneff, David Deen, David Sligh, and Margaret Frisbie. Not only do we have their stories, but we have videos of their acceptance speeches as well as videos of our Compton River Achievement Award winner and the plenaries from the conference. We are incredibly grateful to share some of the magic from River Rally 2017, expanding the potential for this content to make a difference, providing an infusion of hope and the elixir of possibility to those who need it most.
River Voices April 2017 Issue: Water Equity And Civic Engagement
We believe that access to affordable clean water and healthy rivers is a fundamental human right. Like other human rights, we must be prepared to assert and defend this right. By listening, we can hear the concerns of the communities we are part of; and by working together, we can influence elected officials and resource managers to address these disparities. The articles in this issue of River Voices provide examples of places where access to affordable clean water is not equal, and how civic engagement is making a difference. These articles underscore the variety of ways to become involved, including seeking public office. We hope that this issue sparks your curiosity and encourages you to continue exploring. Water is life.
River Voices January 2017 Issue: Integrated Water Management
In this issue of River Voices, we have a great collection of articles from a diverse set of contributors, all with decades of experience and insight on what integrated water management means and why it is important. From the nonprofit sector and foundation perspective, to consultants and utilities, each article is easy to access, fast-paced, and full of links and new information to introduce you to and expand your understanding of integrated water management.