Embassy Suites at the Charleston Convention Center, North Charleston, SC
The 2011 National River Rally will provide:
• A series of 12 intensive 3-hour workshop and 72 additional 90 minute workshops covering topics of interest to staff, volunteers and board members of environmental organizations and public agencies
• Featured Speakers - Mickey Fearn, National Park Service; Janisse Ray, Author & Naturalist; William Werkheiser-USGS; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar-pending.
• Waters Unite Us Plenary Panel
Office hours, mentoring sessions and in-person conversations with funders and exhibitors
• The River Heroes Banquet: a memorable and inspirational night of celebrating our environmental protection leaders
• Unsurpassed networking opportunities
• Field trips, Environmental Film Fest, and so much more!
At River Rally, attendees learn the best strategies for river restoration; test and help improve the newest tools and technologies for watershed protection; deliver and discuss critical information from the field and from Washington, DC; and interact with a diverse community of organizations, agencies, tribes and businesses working to connect our water, lands and communities.
This year's Rally will again focus on two critical "bridge building" strategies:
1) creating stronger connections to various federal agencies (USGS, NOAA, FWS, NPS, EPA, USFS, etc) that can offer a host of new technical resources, funding and policy/management changes to local groups, and
2) building closer relationships with different constituencies like land groups, environmental justice organizations and others who have a similar stake in clean, abundant water.
This year water protection advocates from across the nation will come together in Charleston, South Carolina, a city with long history, sitting at the confluence of five rivers, and boasting the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. All of which is very apt, since River Rally serves as a major bridge for a diverse community of organizations, agencies, tribes and businesses working to connect our water, lands and communities. At this year's conference, join us as Sadie Drescher from the Center for Watershed Protection, will be conducting a 90-minute workshop entitled "Low Impact Development Goes Coastal".
Source: Center for Watershed Protection