RiversEdge West Raises $1.56M to Restore Six Western Rivers

RiversEdge West
May 7th, 2018
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Making Waves
RiversEdge West Raises $1.56M to Restore Six Western Rivers
 
Rivers throughout the Southwest are stressed by invasive plants such as tamarisk, Russian olive, knapweed and tree of heaven, which rapidly displace native plants and degrade river systems by channelizing river banks, impairing natural river function, significantly reducing the quality of wildlife habitat value and forage for pollinators, decreasing biodiversity, increasing the risk of wildfires, and restricting access to scenic landscapes.
 
Consequently, the communities that depend on these rivers suffer from a diminished quality of life and a threatened economy. To facilitate the recovery of these rivers to a healthy state, local leaders have established collaborative partnerships, which are working to restore rivers by addressing the crisis of invasive plants.  Since restoration work is inherently long-term and requires ongoing maintenance, investing in the long-term health of these partnerships is essential to realizing the lasting ecological, social, and economic benefits of this work.
 
To invest in the long-term success of this work, RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) teamed up with nine partnerships working on six rivers throughout the Southwest, to spearhead Restore Our Rivers - a fundraising and awareness building campaign. Restore our Rivers was designed to raise funding for the planning, capacity-building and monitoring and maintenance components of river restoration work, as well as empower the participating partnerships to build their knowledge base in private fundraising and ultimately grow their relationships with private foundations, individual donors, businesses and local governments.
 
Through Restore our Rivers, RiverEdge West and the nine partnerships raised a combined total of $1.56 million from January 2016 – February 2018. Of this total, the nine partnerships received 70% and RiversEdge West received 30%. Through the funding and training made available through Restore our Rivers, the nine partnerships accomplished the following:
  • Conducted initial treatment, secondary weed treatment, re-sprouting, planting, seeding, and monitoring on a combined total of 11,432.9 equivalent acres (some acres were treated more than once and counted multiple times) over two years.
  • The creation of a combined total of 349 restoration jobs over two years.
  • Attracting the support of over 55 new funders (not including numerous individual donors).
  • Retention or hiring of a combined total of 10 paid staff.
Restore Our Rivers represented an innovational approach to fundraising at a regional scale and building increased public awareness about the importance of riparian restoration work.  Through these efforts the Restore Our Rivers campaign created a lasting community of stewards for our rivers.  Click here to learn more about RiversEdge West or the Restore Our Rivers campaign.

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