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 at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. In 2021, Rivers Hill Week was a virtual gathering hosted March 5-12. In 2022, Rivers Hill Week was hosted March 3-11. Here’s a look at our 2022 successes:

Rivers Hill Week 2022

Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Virtual
  • Attendees: 133
  • Organizations represented: 44
  • Campaigns: 15 in 9 states
  • Bills in Congress: 12 (summary sheet)

Actionable Outcomes

  • 6 learning sessions over 3 days averaging 45 people/session:
    • Indigenous Nations and River Protection (opened by Senator Wyden)
    • State of Congress and Environmental Legislation and Appropriations Prospects and Strategies
    • River Protection Campaign Roundup
    • Elevating Our Collective River Goals: Messaging for Success During and After Your Congressional Meetings
    • Wild and Scenic Rivers Protection in the Context of the Clean Water Act 50th
    • Interagency River Stewardship Next Steps
  • One special Conversations with Congressional Champions session featuring remarks from Senator Merkley, Senator Heinrich and Representative Kilmer
  • 46 Congressional office meeting requests in 16 states resulting in 37 meeting in 12 states; House Natural Resources Committee staff meeting
  • Discussions and meetings with agency leaderships on:
    • Climate
    • DEI
    • Partnerships
    • Staffing/training
    • Inventories in river management plans
    • Wildfire in river corridors
    • Fish barrier dams
  • Join requests from five new organizations directly related to Rivers Hill Week outreach and interest in membership from another 15 organizations

Hill Week attendees

Rivers Hill Week 2021

Facts at a Glance

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

Actionable Outcomes

  • 6 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 event.