Announcing our upcoming Sandy and Kennebec River Source to Seas!

Like the anadromous fish who start their annual migration, our paddlers are preparing for some journeys of their own.

Source to Sea’s are our area of expertise and our unique niche. We’ve been involved with over 25 source to sea campaigns over the last 12 years journeying over 7,500 miles!

We love the collaborative nature of these campaigns, the opportunity to collaborate with new organizations and communities and the ability to amplify a conservation issue facing a specific watershed through adventure, education and storytelling.

Get ready to follow along and join in over the next several months as we focus on the East Coat, Atlantic Salmon, Alewives, and the communities along these rivers!

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Photo: Joe Klementovich

Patagonia Freeport Event
May 2nd 6:30pm EDT

Join Rivers for Change Ambassador Joe Klementovich at the Patagonia Freeport store for local food and drink, a screening of his short film Paddling the Saco (from his 2021 source to sea), a panel discussion with Natural Resources Council of Maine and Atlantic Salmon Federation, and an opportunity to take action.


Not in Maine? You’ll miss the panel discussion but you can still take action and watch the film about Joe’s 2021 Source to Sea down the Saco!

 Sandy River Source to Kennebec
mid-May 2024

Did you know!?

The Sandy is a tributary to the Kennebec river and provides pristine spawning habitat for salmon, alewives and other anadromous fish.

Find out more about this river and the ambassadors preparing to travel the 73 miles from Sandy Ponds to the confluence with the Kennebec.

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Photo: Joe Klementovich


Kennebec River Source to Sea
July 5th-14th


Photo: Joe Klementovich

It’s been 25 years since the Edwards Dam Removal! Find out more about this incredible river, and why we want to celebrate and shed light on this watershed. There are also some critical actions and ways to get involved with this campaign moving forward!


Take Action 

It’s FERC reliscensing time. This is the moment that starts it all and it’s critical to have your engagement!

For the Kennebec

25 years after the Edwards Dam removal, it’s time to continue this success by reconnecting Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish to their spawning habitat in the Sandy River.

This moment is our best chance to shape the future of the Kennebec. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently conducting a critical dam relicensing and license amendment process for the Kennebec dams.

Click here to find out more and take action!

Reunite the Kennebec
Art by Zoe Ciolfi

Take Action for the Connecticut River
Another critical FERC comment period is occurring on the Connecticut River! Ambassador and professional whitewater SUPer Chris Morgan has been paddling some flatwater on the river in training prep for the
Kennebec Source to Sea.

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Photo: Chris Morgan

5 hydroelectric facilities on the Connecticut River are up for relicensing, and the public comment period is currently OPEN until May 22nd. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak up for our rivers and influence licenses that will last for up for 50 years!

Click here for more information and take action!

Watch the Film A River Called Home!

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2023 Grantee Jess Wiegandt’s film A River Called Home about her 21-day source to sea on the James River is now available on PBS!

Watch it here and congratulations Jess!

If you’re a teacher, Jess also has educational resources to utilize in your classroom! Once you watch the film you can download them here.

Stay up to Date with our upcoming Events Calendar

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Photo: Chris Morgan

As public events are added surrounding all these campaigns, be sure to stay tuned to our Events PageInstagramFacebook, and this newsletter!

Coming Soon…
Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about:

  • Adventure Fundraising: Creating purpose with your next adventure
  • Youth Education Partnership: We are getting close to formally announcing an exciting new partnership focused on youth and education and hint 😉 it involves the question: Where does your Water Come From?
  • Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Rivers for Change ambassadors positively impacting the world through storytelling, conservation, and education.

Playing Catchup?

don’t miss out….

  • Catch up with our last few newsletters on our Blog here
  • We just supported an incredible Grantee in 2024 who ran the first female raft guide training on the Ganga River in India! We have one more micro-grant available for this year! Spread the word and apply to our 2024 Grant Cycle!
  • We are at an exciting time growing RFC and are looking for board members with financial, legal, fundraising, strategic planning, and succession planning skills! Read our board job description and reach out to danielle (at) to learn more about our volunteer needs!

Thank you for being a part of the RFC Family

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