Grants Database

Friends of the River
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Project Title:
River Advocacy Leadership Institute
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2022
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation ; Climate Change and Energy
Sacramento Valley
El Dorado County ; Sacramento County; Contra Costa County ; El Dorado County ; Sacramento County ; San Joaquin County
Project Description:

The grant will support the development of the River Advocacy Leadership Institute (RALI) which aims to help grassroots advocates engage with California’s water bureaucracy and develop policies that better protect water resources in the Sacramento Delta. Friends of the River (FOR) has a successful track record of policy advocacy and inspiring passionate river advocates, and this project will allow FOR and related Delta groups advocate for cleaner drinking water standards, flood protection through green infrastructure, resilient water storage and conservation methods, and habitat protection and restoration for a host of endangered fish and wildlife in the Sacramento Delta. The group will network with other stakeholders in both virtual and in-person settings to train leaders from other water quality advocacy groups to effectively demand water policies that protect communities and environmental resources. The funds will allow the group to facilitate networking and coalition building, which will enable Delta communities to advocate for sustainable solutions to large scale problems. RALI participants will come away with more tools for effecting necessary change for their own community and new channels for collaboration.