We had the pleasure to speak with Chelsea Silva and Brian Murphy from the River Network.
River Network is a national organization that works to grow and strengthen a transformational national network of water, justice, and river advocates. This presentation will introduce River Network’s national programs and priorities as well as the organization’s Colorado River Basin-focused priority outcomes and strategies. Presenters will share their work in supporting community-based organizations (CBOs) and stream management planning with an overview of River Network’s Colorado Stream Management Plan Peer Learning Network. The Yampa River Collaborative will be introduced as a model of the Colorado River Basin’s work and partnership with CBOs.
Chelsea Silva, Healthy Rivers Program Associate. Chelsea manages the Colorado Stream Management Plan Peer Learning Network which provides leaders and coalitions around Colorado with a venue for information sharing, problem solving, and peer learning. Her education is in environmental science and policy and Spanish, and she has training in environmental social science, natural resource facilitation, and nonprofit leadership. Chelsea grew up in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah on Newe Sogobia (Eastern Shoshone), Timpanogos, Goshute, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) lands.
Brian Murphy, Healthy Rivers Program Manager. Brian is passionate about working on the ground with local communities, providing technical assistance and innovative solutions that support leaders working to ensure their communities and rivers are healthy and resilient into the future. He holds a PhD from Colorado State University and has worked in the water resources planning and river science field for over 20 years as a licensed professional engineer. Born and raised in Spokane, Washington and lives and works in Denver, Colorado, on Arapaho and Cheyenne lands.
Note: This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.
In Sept 2023, Chelsea and Brian presented at the WCCN All Partners meeting, you can watch the recording here.