Mission: River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life.
Results: In the past year - Coordinated and funded 14 events in 12 states utilizing over 1,000 volunteers who removed more than eight tons of trash from waterways, planted hundreds of trees and shrubs for restoration projects, removed tons of invasive plant species, built new public access docks and trails, and implemented stormwater infiltration gardens to reduce polluted runoff.
Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy’s Peer Learning Network provided dozens of communities across the country with individual mentoring and messaging assistance that helped advance their energy, water and climate change efforts locally. Tangible results included upgraded standards in Massachusetts for stream crossings (based on the potential for climate change induced flooding), climate change vulnerability assessment for the Kickapoo tribe in Oklahoma, and major media coverage of a water-energy report in Idaho.
Programs: Our unique niche in the national conservation community is that we are the only organization that exists primarily to help regional, state and local grassroots river and watershed protection groups be more effective in their work. We fill this niche with a combination of capacity building (fundraising training, strategic planning assistance, re-grants, etc.), technical/policy assistance (e.g., on habitat restoration and the Clean Water Act), and leadership on cutting-edge issues such as climate change and the water-energy nexus.
River Network is like the glue or duck tape that helps a local, state or regional group put it together to achieve their mission. The glue they provide is diverse. It includes but is not limited to webinars, documents, list serve, research, access to experts and networks of information and training that cover organizational development, fund raising, board development, management and recruitment, budgeting and accounting, volunteer management, leadership and technical assistance in Clean Water Act implementation, interpretation, water quality and biological monitoring, restoration planning, implementation and monitoring, green infrastructure, storm water, energy extraction, connection between energy and water and so much more! If you are a local group, regardless of composition (grass roots, agency, academia, etc.) you are LOOSING money and resources if you are not connected to River Network. They only add value to what you do and help you do it bigger, better, more efficient and more often!
Connecting people and resources with causes is about the best role a nonprofit can fill and that is the case with River Network. Their input and support has transformed a small effort and larger dream into a reality by finding funding and people to accomplish a clean-up, gain visibility, and expand a restoration objective. Thank you, RN.
River Network has reached out to communities and proactively provided connections to create and expand an important program in our state. This program is now in its third year and has spawned other activities and support.