One way Rivers For Change supports Source To Sea principles is through our Source To Sea Grants program, distributing $1,000+ annually to projects and programs that integrate Source To Sea education and connect people to rivers. View some of the passionate river lovers who were apart of the Source to Sea Grant Program.

2021 Grant Recipient

Saco [sakohki] River Source to Sea

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

By 1800 17 sawmills stood at Saco Falls. In 1820 a canal was completed cutting off 16 miles of river. In 1825 the country’s largest cotton mill was operating at Saco Falls. Since colonial times the Saco River has been seen only for its industrial value. Cities were built with their backs to the river, using it only for a power source and a dump.

The Saco river is much more than that, it is home to 4 exemplary natural communities, 22 rare species, and supplies water to ¼ million people from 35 towns.

Photojournalist Joe Klementovich will tell the story of the Saco River by tracing it from source to sea, the slopes of the northeast’s highest peak 136 miles downriver to the Gulf of Maine. Along the way, he will be filming, photographing, and gathering thoughts and perspectives from people connected to this vast and important waterway.

Traveling on paddleboards, Joe will pass through mountains, floodplains, farmlands, and estuaries focusing on the natural beauty and the people that are so dependent on the water that connects and flows through the Saco River.

2021 Grant Recipient

ON A MISSION TO LEARN & INSPIRE

In the spring of 2021, Alyssa Winkelman, Ari Kosel and Jamie Trapp will packraft from the headwaters of the Sacramento River to trace its journey to the Pacific Ocean. On an open-minded, fun, and educational journey, they aim to deepen their personal connections to the river and learn more about the diverse stakeholders who share an interest in California’s longest river. Their mission is to develop an inspirational and relatable story that raises awareness and empowers the public to take action on key environmental and social issues surrounding the Sacramento River and other hard-working rivers worldwide.

Learn more about their project and follow along their journey on Instagram. Read more about their trip on our blog.

2020 Grant Recipient

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Developing an Affinity Clinic with Team River Runner

Chris Farris joined the US Marines in 1978. After sustaining an injury in active duty he was introduced to kayaking at a VA hospital through Team River Runner. Today, Chris is the co-chair and Facilitator for Team River Runner’s Diversity Committee and is committed to introducing more veterans of color to paddle sports. This grant will support Chris and his efforts with Team River Runner on a multi-day paddle promoting inclusion, access and river education.

Read more about Team River Runner and follow the American River Chapter to learn more about his work.

2019 Grant Recipient

BUILDING CONNECTIONS FROM SOURCE TO SEA

Watershed Moments was a solo paddling expedition and social-engagement art project by Claire Dibble. Her trip covered all 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of the Columbia River between the source near her home in Golden, British Columbia to the sea beyond Astoria, Oregon.

Her intention was to build a portrait of the river and the people who live along it, creating a sense of connection upstream and downstream in the process.

2019 Grant Recipient

In 2019, LouAnne Harris completed a solo Source to Sea voyage down the Mississippi River.  Along the way she fundraised for Rivers For Change and documented her trip via Instagram & Facebook.

2018 Grant Recipient

“Still River, Silent Jungle” Is a documentary project that showcases the local passion to protect the most bio-diverse national park in the world, Madidi National Park, located in the Bolivian Amazon. In June 2018, a team of international whitewater kayakers, National Park guards, indigenous leaders and environmental activists descended the remote Tuichi River together, sharing their stories and reasons for protecting the river. The result of “Still River, Silent Jungle” (coming to festivals in 2019), will mark just the beginning of a movement to protect this region and the headwaters of the Amazon River from the Chepete-Bala mega dam proposals that threaten to flood almost 1000 square kilometers of Amazon Rainforest.

Still Water, Silent Jungle

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