River Rally is the nation’s largest annual gathering of grassroots environmental leaders who are working to protect and restore our most valuable natural resource – fresh water. Our 14th River Rally, co-hosted by River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance, will take place in Pittsburgh, PA, May 30-June 2, 2014. This one-of-a-kind event will bring together several hundred river leaders, volunteers, staff, board members, stewards and funders for an intensive sharing and collaborative learning experience that has proven to be the single most effective way to build and maintain a national movement of educated, effective river advocates and sustainable watershed protection organizations.
We are anticipating at least 750 River Rally participants including non-profit leaders from more than 250 organizations, dozens of federal, state and local agency staff, environmentally-minded businesses and other individuals from nearly every state, as well as several Native American tribes, and international leaders from across the globe.
River Rally 2014 priorities are to:
1) Provide a superior team leadership training experience for lead staff, volunteers, and board members of citizen-led local watershed groups;
2) Increase the skill and expertise level of River Rally participants in core areas, including organizational development, fundraising, technology, leadership, watershed science, and protection, restoration, and policy and litigation tools such as the Clean Water Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and
3) Facilitate increased peer-to-peer communication, networking, and sharing of “best practices” among watershed advocates.