RIVER ALLIANCE OF WISCONSIN INC

Madison, WI   |  www.wisconsinrivers.org

Mission

Mission Empowering people to protect and restore water Vision Thriving community, economy, and habitat through access to clean, abundant water Core Principles: We pursue clean water for all with passion and determination. We are a credible voice on water policy and public engagement. We expect government to safeguard water, and we hold public agencies accountable. We believe in the power of grassroots action. We engage people in activities to inspire water stewardship. Guiding Values: Local leadership, rooted in communities, is the foundation for our success. Science is nonpartisan and guides our work. Water is to be shared, enjoyed and cherished. Collaboration is our hallmark.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Allison Werner

Main address

612 W Main St. STE 200

Madison, WI 53703 USA

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EIN

39-1792143

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Policy and Advocacy

Our core operating principles concerning policy advocacy are: We monitor political trends and watchdog government policy-making and implementation so that we can be proactive, offering solutions instead of just challenging laws.
We are an assertive but respectful advocate, offering well-researched information and urging decision-makers to make the right choice, applauding those who do, and alerting the public about those who do not.
We lead on issues critical to our mission – that is, protecting and restoring rivers of the state – and offer support to the coalition of Wisconsin conservation organizations working to protect and improve other related elements of the environment.
We encourage and enable River Alliance members and supporters to jump into the arena of public policy. The waters we advocate to protect belong to all of us, and our elected officials work for us.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Invasive species continue to invade Wisconsin's waters and the news headlines in the Great Lakes region, as we experience the devastating impacts that they have on our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and our economy.The River Alliance of Wisconsin has been the voice for rivers for 15 years on issues from nonpoint pollution to groundwater depletion. We recognize today that invasive species are a significant threat to our rivers impacting their ecology and hydrology. Invasives threaten the survival of native plants and animals, interfere with ecosystem functions, and hybridize with native species resulting in negative genetic impacts. They impede industry, threaten agriculture, endanger human health, and are becoming increasingly difficult to control.

Population(s) Served
Adults

River Alliance organizes businesses that rely on water to become advocates for water before decision makers locally and in the Capitol. After considerable consulting with stakeholders regarding our Urban Rivers program, we have determined that the best way to assist urban areas is to help them tackle agricultural runoff. A River Alliance pilot program, “Clear Water Farms” engages agricultural producers, food processors and consumers to improve agricultural practices and water quality. Both Clear Water Farms and the Clear Water Business Consortium programs are interrelated—one feeding into the other.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

River Network 2013

River Network 2014

River Network 2015

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Local groups are powerful, capable leaders that engage their communities and directly protect rivers.
2. The public better understands and supports the importance of river protection and water conservation.
3. State and local public policies adequately and effectively protect flowing waters.
4. A strong and growing base of individuals supports the River Alliance and our programs, and is strategically engaged in our work.

Build the organizational capacity of watershed groups to implement on-the-ground action and river conservation work.
Build partnerships with non-traditional allies.
Develop local groups' ability to engage with legislators and local elected officials.
Develop and frame messages that use common language and help people visualize the importance of rivers to Wisconsin communities.
Root our policy priorities in our values and expertise, but also work in concert with partner organizations and local groups.
Develop local groups' ability to engage with legislators and local elected officials.
Develop relations with non-traditional partners whose policy interests align with our own.
Actively and systematically cultivate River Alliance's most generous donors for lasting relationships.
Build the “rank-and-file" membership to River Alliance to help sustain the organization and bolster our policy advocacy voice.

1. The work of the organization is rooted in the work of local groups.
2. Our work with local grassroots organizations enhances our policy efforts.
3. Collaboration with other statewide conservation organizations is a hallmark of our policy and river restoration work.
4. Our work will remain nonpartisan.
5. We communicate in basic, accessible language for members and the public.
6. We have fun and get wet.

 Urban River Revitalization Goal: Urban rivers become clean and appealing community assets with strong public support for their protection.
 Wisconsin River Initiative Goal: The Wisconsin River has improved in water quality and there is increased attention for its health from those influencing it – polluters (cities, farmers, industry) and state and local government.
 Aquatic Invasive Species Goal: There is increased public awareness and changes in policy and practice that limit the spread of those invasive species affecting rivers.
 Fish Passage at Hydro Dams Goal: Lake sturgeon are able to move up and down the Menominee River, increasing the viability of their population and proving the viability of fish passage as a restoration technique.

Financials

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RIVER ALLIANCE OF WISCONSIN INC

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Ellen Vollbrecht

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.