Chevron Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Healthy Rivers and Communities

August 17th, 2020
Cara Kukuraitis
Outreach Coordinator | RiversEdge West
Chevron Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Healthy Rivers and Communities
RiversEdge West receives a $7,000 award from Chevron to support education of youth and riparian restoration professionals
August 4, 2020
Mesa and Delta County, CO – RiversEdge West (REW), a Grand Junction-based nonprofit focused on restoring riverside lands, is celebrating a $7,000 grant that was awarded from Chevron in June of 2020. Funds from Chevron will support REW’s cornerstone program; their Annual Riparian Restoration Conference, as well as their youth and community riparian (riverside) education program.
“Healthy rivers and riparian ecosystems are essential to the future of water resources in the West,” said Andy Olson, Colorado Operations Superintendent for Chevron. “RiversEdge West’s commitment to science-based approaches and public education will help us all make better decisions about managing and conserving fresh water now and in the future.”
In February 2021, REW will host its 19th Annual Riparian Restoration Conference (RRC) that brings together 250 land managers, private landowners, scientists, students, and consultants from over 15 different states and multiple countries to share novel science and lessons learned. While convening in this collaborative venue, riparian restoration professionals learn about and strategize next steps for addressing the multitude of challenges facing our rivers (given the impacts from COVID-19, the 2021 conference may look a little different than previous years). Additionally, the conference serves as a valuable networking opportunity to build relationships that foster innovation, collaboration, new projects, and advance research. Funds from partners like Chevron play a critical role in making this event possible.
Recognizing the value of engaging the community and next generation of stewards in this work, REW has also built a river education program that reaches, on average, 1,600 students each year. REW delivers programs that foster a deeper connection between people and rivers, educates them about the issues that rivers face, and inspires them to become lifelong stewards. In light of COVID-19, REW is using funds from Chevron to build an online riparian-focused teacher and parent resource kit. As a whole, REW’s education program provides a wide cross-section of the community with the information and tools they need to be more aware of river systems and is helping to grow a corps of supporters that will steward rivers into the future.
“Chevron’s continued support has been a major pillar in the growth of our river education program and annual conference,” said Cara Kukuraitis, RiversEdge West’s Outreach and Education Coordinator. “Seeing the smile on a student’s face when they catch their first tamarisk beetle, or the gratitude of a land manager who discovers a new restoration technique while at our annual conference is hard to measure in words but the impact, we feel, is long-lasting and invaluable. We are so grateful for partners like Chevron for their commitment to healthy rivers and community engagement.”

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