River Network



Since 1988, River Network has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the waters of our country, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged community members and local organizations take a stand for their waters. Our strength lies in connecting river and water champions around the country with each other and to solutions that work, empowering them to make a difference, and expanding their influence. We are the only national organization that serves this specific role.
We offer river and water champions one-on-one mentoring and consulting, trainings, conferences and events to strengthen their efforts; convene river and watershed groups for greater impact at larger scales (system, state, regional, national); and increase the implementation of practical water management solutions. Our staff includes scientists, water management and policy experts, lawyers, and others who have a passion for helping rivers and people.

Mission Statement

River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. We envision a future with clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers.

Program Details

We are facing a water crisis in the United States, a crisis that includes issues of security, affordability, quality, and access. To move beyond crisis, we must work together to define a different path forward. River Network’s response to this crisis includes aligning our network around these four Key Issues:
Clean, Safe Affordable Drinking Water - Some 13.8 million U.S. households (almost 12%) face unaffordable water bills while water utilities struggle to fund maintenance or replacement of aging pipes. We will expand understanding of the causes and circumstances of today’s crisis, develop and disseminate new tools, and help identify a common rural and urban agenda that unifies and focuses our collective actions.
Resilient Cities and Communities - Over 12% of the U.S. population is exposed to flood risk, including nearly 170 coastal communities reaching or exceeding the threshold for chronic inundation from rising seas by 2035. Drought is no less of a threat. River Network will provide knowledge, tools, and engagement opportunities to local champions building resilient communities that anticipate risk, limit impact, and recover quickly from disaster.
Healthy Rivers in Agricultural Landscapes - Farmers and ranchers are essential partners in building a thriving agricultural sector that also supports clean water and healthy rivers. Farms, ranches, and rangeland occupy roughly 44% of U.S. land, consume approximately 80% of our water, and are a leading cause of water pollution and water security when improperly managed. Over the next five years, River Network will advance novel partnerships, opportunities to build trust, and identify aligned interests for forward progress.
Robust and Effective Water Laws and Policies - When well-crafted, enforced, and fully funded, water laws and policies at the local, state, and federal level safeguard the health of our rivers and the security of our drinking water. With existing laws and policies under threat, River Network will leverage our network and our influence to defend protections vital to our nation, our children, and our environment.
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