Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

River Rally

Monday, May 08, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 MAP

River Rally is a national conference that attracts hundreds of river and watershed protection enthusiasts and experts, conservation professionals, and thought leaders from across the country and the world to learn from each other, share what works, get inspired, and celebrate success. River Rally 2017 will take place May 8-11 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI.

Volunteer Opportunities
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River Rally brings you nearly 60 concurrent workshops presented by watershed and conservation professionals from across the U.S. This year’s workshops cover a variety of issues across the following six themes:
1. Tackling the Drinking Water Crisis and Water Affordability
2. Restoring Urban Rivers and Achieving Resiliency
3. Connecting Communities to Rivers and Recreation
4. Protecting and Restoring Flows
5. Growing Organizational Momentum and Impact
6. Reducing Pollution and Safeguarding Clean Water

Keynote and Plenary Panels

1. How Did We Get Here? The Rise of the American Conservation Movement and Water: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection
2. Affordability, Equity, and Drinking Water
3. Rethinking Our Relationship to Urban Rivers
4. Lessons from Standing Rock

Field Trips

• Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center
• Muskegon Lake Restoration Projects
• Water Conservation & Sustainability in Brewing Tour
• From Fairways & Farms to Floodplains
• Native Plant Propagation for Plaster Creek
• Trout, Bugs & Brews
• Green Infrastructure Tour of Grand Rapids
• Paddle Trips on the Grand River
• Explore & Help Clean Lake Michigan
• Garlic Mustard Pull in Eastmanville Bayou

Registration and Important Dates

January 20, 2017 River Heroes Nominations Due
February 17, 2017 Scholarship Applications Due
April 7, 2017 Early Bird Registration Ends (Prices go up!)
May 8–11, 2017 River Rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Download the 2017 River Rally Program Brochure