Rio Reimagined is proud to have been selected as the twentieth partner for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
The Urban Waters Partnership reconnects urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies. The Partnership also collaborates with community-led revitalization efforts to improve our Nation’s water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits.
The Partnership identified the following goals for the Rio Reimagined Project:
- Restore ecosystem functions
- Balance revitalization with issues of urban resilience and public safety including flood mitigation, urban fire, air quality, water quality + conservation and urban heat mitigation.
- Maximize multi-benefit watershed goals through water conservation and stewardship.
- Foster climate adaptation and urban resilience.
- Foster diverse participation and equitable community benefits respectful of the power of place.
The Rio Salado Project works to protect, restore and revitalize the Salt and Middle Gila River Watershed. The Project uses the mission, vision and principles of the national Urban Waters Federal Partnership to guide this work. Recently, the river has been the subject of restoration efforts focused on cultural and physical history, revived riparian ecology, supporting vast biodiversity and developing recreational amenities. Community revitalization efforts are also focusing on urban resilience for social, environmental, and economic vitality.
Learn more about the Rio Reimagined Urban Waters Partnership.
The White House continues to strengthen and support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The 21st Urban Waters Federal Partnership launched in Raleigh, North Carolina alongside a presidential executive order aimed at addressing persistent environmental injustices.
According to the Whitehouse press release, “The campaign, which is being kicked off today at the launch of the 21st Urban Waters Federal Partnership in Raleigh, North Carolina, will redouble the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to meet people where they are and better focus agency resources and attention on the needs of marginalized and overburdened communities.”
Learn more about the executive order, Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, in the press release here.