Call for proposals

Alabama Water Rally:

Building the Movement for the Future


From the climate changing around us to funding opportunities shifting their focus to a new generation rising and wanting to take on new responsibilities, we must ask ourselves: are we ready to embrace and grow with these changes? Do we have everyone at the table to address these challenges? Are we including the right voices to move into the next decade? Are we ready, as the environmental movement in Alabama, to tackle the changes happening all around us?

Join the Alabama Rivers Alliance, our network of river defenders, and interested individuals from across the state and region for a weekend of exploring issues and ideas impacting our water and our rivers.  

Our plenary sessions and keynote speakers will focus on working together to build effective organizations and alliances for the future we want to have – an inclusive, just and equitable future with clean water and a healthy environment for all.  We would love to hear from you if you have a breakout session topic you would like to present or suggest.


Please use the following topic areas as a guide for your proposals:



  • Water quality and pollution (drinking water, PFOX, coal ash, sedimentation, etc)
  • Government and transparency (public notification, agency structure and function, access to information, etc)
  • Water quantity and management (dams and fish passage, water use, river flows, droughts/floods, water planning, etc)
  • Climate Change (impacts in Alabama, energy and water, Green New Deal, etc)


  • Leadership (board development, succession planning, volunteer recruitment, etc)
  • Theory of change strategies (collaboration, organizing, legal/regulatory campaign planning, etc)
  • Fundraising (membership and individual giving, grant writing, events, etc)
  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Justice (internal organizational planning and training, board development and recruitment, volunteer training, etc)


  • Hands-on programs and activities that educators can take back to their students and the broader community
  • Educational methods for communicating the science/policy issues listed above to students