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Building Citizen Capacity for Freshwater Protection

River Network

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $600,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2006
  • Location Boulder, CO, United States
  • Geographic Focus Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin

About this grant

River Network works to build the organizational capacity and programmatic expertise of statewide, regional and local river and watershed groups. Its mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.Multiyear funding will support activities that include delivering core support services to river and watershed organizations through the River Source Center; providing in-depth consultation to organizations; conducting training events, primarily at annual meetings of statewide river/watershed groups; hosting regional meetings to promote networking within the Great Lakes basin and Southeast; developing new tools for assessing and meeting watershed groups’ organizational development needs; providing training and technical assistance on Clean Water Act implementation; organizing the annual National River Rally; and administering three regranting programs.Since 1999, accomplishments included helping strengthen statewide river/watershed groups; assisting in the formation of several new statewide river/watershed groups; encouraging communication among river/watershed groups in the Southeast; and advocating for incorporation of Great Lakes river/watershed issues into the regional agenda for aquatic habitat protection.