River Rally 2017

DATES: May 8-11, 2017

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI


Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration, and celebration with the river and water community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about water issues. Join NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders for the biggest (and most fun) water-focused event of the year!

The themes for the 2017 program are:

  • Tackling the Drinking Water Crisis and Water Affordability
  • Restoring Urban Rivers and Achieving Resiliency
  • Connecting Communities to Rivers and Recreation
  • Protecting and Restoring Flows
  • Growing Organizational Momentum and Impact
  • Reducing Pollution and Safeguarding Clean Water


Staff from Groundwork USA and several Groundwork Trusts will be holding workshops on a variety of topics, including Connecting Youth of Color with Community Waters, Next Generation Recreation: Closing the Gap, and Riverkeeping as Equitable Development.