Wild and Scenic Rivers Hill Week

There are many ways to connect with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition, including participating in Wild and Scenic Rivers Hill Week. The Coalition hosted its first Rivers Hill Week–a face-to-face DC fly-in–in March of 2020, right before the COVID pandemic. In 2021, Rivers Hill Week was a virtual gathering hosted March 5-12.

In 2022, Rivers Hill Week will again be a virtual gathering hosted March 3-11, 2022 and will include:

  • Learning sessions on
    • Indigenous leadership in river protection
    • Opportunities to leverage the Clean Water Act 50th anniversary for Wild and Scenic River protection and stewardship
    • State of Congress and prospects for advancing river protection bills
  • Congressional meetings with
    • Individual Congressional offices
    • Congressional committees
  • Agency meetings with
    • Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service leaderships and program staffs
    • Department of Interior leadership

Here’s a look back at Rivers Hill Week successes from 2020 and 2021.

Hill Week attendees

Rivers Hill Week 2021

Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Virtual
  • Attendees: 89
  • Organizations represented: 30
  • Campaigns represented: 11

Actionable Outcomes

  • 6 high-powered learning sessions averaging 45 people/session:
    • The Nexus of River Conservation and Energy
    • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Wild and Scenic River Protection
    • State of Congress and Environmental Legislation Prospects
    • River Protection Campaign Roundup
    • Opportunities for River Protection through Clean Water Policy and Effective Advocacy Strategies for Using the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act for Protecting and Improving Water Quality
    • Ways to Better Engage in Appropriations
  • 25 meetings with individual congressional offices, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, House Natural Resources Committee continue to further campaigns in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina/Tennessee, Maine, Florida and Alabama.
  • Discussions and meetings with agency leaderships to further requests for:
    • Inclusion of rivers in 30×30 through adoption of climate ORVs
    • Better budget transparency
    • Consistency in eligibility inventories
    • Consistency in national river data management
    • Actions to mitigate increasing river recreation impacts
  • Increased engagement between Coalition members who attended Wild and Scenic Rivers Hill Week continues to forge a productive professional network of river protection advocates.

Rivers Hill Week 2020

Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Attendees: 32
  • Organizations represented: 18
  • Campaigns represented: 12

Make sure your organization is a member of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition (email Lisa Ronald at lisa.a.k.ronald@gmail.com) so you can attend Rivers Hill Week 2022, a virtual/in-person hybrid event.