River Rally 2019

DATES: June 21-24, 2019

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH


River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on 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 rivers and water issues. Join nonprofit staff and volunteers, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, philanthropists, academics, students, and community leaders for an inspiring and energy-infused event with 70 learning opportunities, an awards ceremony, novel social events, and access to thought leaders and change agents!

Please join Groundwork USA and Groundwork network practitioners at River Rally 2019 for the following sessions:

Friday, June 21
Urban Waters Learning Forum
Hosted by River Network and Groundwork USA and sponsored by EPA, the Urban Waters Learning Forum is an all-day networking opportunity for EPA Urban Waters Small Grant recipients, Urban Waters Federal Partners, and other urban waters practitioners to foster connect with and learn from mentors and peers. The morning of the Forum will feature a half-day workshop, “Addressing Racial Equity in Environmental/Conservation Spaces.” Facilitated by Darryl Haddock (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance) and Jennifer Arnold (Reciprocity Consulting, LLC), this workshop is designed to help participants develop an understanding of institutionalized racism and ways they can begin to undo it. The afternoon portion of the Forum will include the Third Annual Urban Waters Learning Network Awards as well as facilitated networking opportunities, giving attendees a chance to share their work and have deeper discussions around a variety of topics.

Saturday, June 22
Urban Forestry: Key to Community Resilience
Across the country, discussion of large-scale tree planting programs has generated a lot of buzz. This workshop will tell the story of two successful programs in the Groundwork network. Participants will learn how to successfully launch their own tree-planting program.
Presenters: Tennis Lily, Groundwork Lawrence; Sherman Dean, Groundwork Richmond

Sunday, June 23
Water Resilience: Innovation Through Collaboration
This workshop will show examples of comprehensive urban water plans, developed collaboratively in New Orleans and Jacksonville, to explore definitions of resilience, share the challenges and successes involved in building an urban water plan, and allow opportunity for interactive discussion and learning among participants.
Presenters: Arthur Johnson, Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development; Kay Ehas, Director, Groundwork Jacksonville

Developing Comprehensive Youth Engagement Programs
In this workshop, learn about Groundwork USA’s holistic place-based, youth-centered development
model. Groundwork’s youth programs engage youth primarily in urban areas affected by environmental justice concerns and provide employment, leadership training, and exposure to career pathways through local and national partnerships. A case study of Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek Alliance will be highlighted.
Presenters: Curt Collier, Groundwork USA; Tanner Yess, Deputy Director, Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek Alliance; Alan Edwards, Education Director, Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek Alliance