Approach

Our farming co-founders built River Partners upon values of ingenuity, perseverance, neighborly cooperation, and a strong dose of optimism. Their vision has shaped the pioneering, multi-tiered approach we bring to our work:

Innovative Partnerships
Agricultural Techniques
Cutting-Edge Science
Entrepreneurial Practices
Identifying wildlife at Dos Rios

Innovative Partnerships

Rivers link communities. We build interconnection and alignment through collaboration with highly engaged local, state and national partners. Long before we begin work on a restoration site, we work extensively with landowners, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, cities and towns to outline shared goals. Then the hardest work begins. Regulatory hurdles. Red tape. Delays. Proposals and politics. Bringing life back to rivers requires patience and persistence. Often, moving complex projects forward means reaching out to new partners that may not initially seem like conservationists. River Partners has a track record of bringing new allies to the table with our pragmatic vision for improving ecosystems and communities.

Agricultural Techniques

As farmers we are keenly attuned to natural ecology, the cycles of the seasons and the value of precious water resources. We restore lands that are are longer economically viable, often due to flood problems, and we return them to use for wildlife, people and the environment. Our field staff are experienced in cultivating riparian plants and trained in equipment operation, irrigation, planting, weed control and monitoring. We use large-scale irrigation systems, commercial nursery production, tractors, spray rigs, belly scrapers and discs to mend the broken ecology of our floodplains and bring life back to our rivers with unmatched efficiency.

Bringing life back to our rivers is a complex task. River Partners has developed a model that delivers. They engage communities, encourage collaboration and challenge us to think bigger for sustainable and multi-purpose river restoration.

- Steve Johnson, Partner, Conservation & Natural Resources Group, LLC
Measuring water quality to ensure it's adequate for salmon in the floodplain

Cutting-Edge Science

Our in-house team of biologists and ecologists along with expert partners oversee our restoration designs and their performance in the field. Restoration mangers throughout California look to River Partners for new solutions that emerge from our projects. We frequently partner with renowned researchers to use our project sites as living laboratories. We are currently studying the effect of flood flows on vegetation successional patterns, the impact of climate change on wildlife migrations, and the groundwater regeneration capacity of restored floodplains. We actively share what we’ve learned to help policy leaders land managers expand their toolkits, advocate for riparian restoration, and strengthen the field of applied restoration science.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Our vision has resulted in over $125 million directed to restoration of 11,000 acres of floodplain ecosystems, the majority from public sources. Every public dollar that we spend on the ground must be matched with a quarter from another source. To balance our budget, we use our contractor’s license to bid on restoration activities consistent with our mission. We reinvest our earnings in the total costs of our work and in development of new projects and partnerships. We manage some agricultural leases for the same purpose. Turning what would be profit into more restoration work on the ground: this is the power of our earned-income model.

Join Us

Solutions at scale are more urgently needed than ever. We welcome you to learn more about our projects near your community, contact us with strategic restoration opportunities, or support our work.