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River Network

River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country. We envision a future where everyone has access to plentiful clean water, providing prosperity, health and recreational opportunities for all. We work for the day when all people feel responsibility for their local river, lake, wetland or bay and have the capacity to effectively protect those resources.
209 SW Oak Street, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 241-3506 | Fax: (503) 241-9256 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
$100 enables River Network to supply resources, telephone and email assistance to one grassroots watershed organization for a year. **** $100 prints and distributes 4 copies of River Network’s landmark publication: "The Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual." **** $100 enables River Network to assist a grassroots Partner group with travel expenses to a critical training or to attend the annual National River Rally. ****
Why does this donor support this organization?
"The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is pleased to support River Network. We are deeply concerned about preserving the rivers of Western Oregon and applaud the work of River Network in furthering this mission." Adam Henny, interim Director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund **** “I’m grateful to River Network. The existence of a national service-oriented organization that helps river folks network and learn from one another is a tremendous resource.” Russ Plaeger, Sandy River Watershed Council, Oregon ****
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
We rely on a volunteer board of directors and a volunteer advisory group to determine objectives and oversee fiscal operations. Volunteer researchers and peer reviewers also assist in the development of our many publications. Student interns and volunteers assist with web research and mailings in our Portland office.

Headquartered in Portland, Ore., River Network is a national organization that is at the hub of a growing national movement that includes nearly 2,000 state and local watershed protection groups throughout the U.S., including several dozen in Oregon.

Our 2015 strategic plan includes these four core goals:
  • An effective grassroots movement of citizens, organizations and decision-makers has the capacity to protect the health of all fresh waters and the communities they support.
  • Fish, wildlife and birds thrive in clean, flowing rivers that provide rich habitat both in the water and on surrounding land.
  • Healthy river systems provide abundant clean water to sustain our health and avert the environmental injustice of pollution.
  • More efficient human use of water and energy reduces the impacts of climate change and improves river health.
These four goals of our strategic plan include specific measurable benchmarks for what we hope to achieve by the year 2015.
Our current major programs include:
  • A “Blue Cities” initiative to help our network of groups create rain gardens, restore wetlands and floodplains, and decouple storm water and sewer systems to keep stormwater pollution out of our rivers;
  • The Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy, which is fostering policy innovation on water and energy conservation in states throughout the U.S.
  • An Urban Waters Restoration initiative in five major cities throughout the U.S.
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