When the New River’s strength and health is at stake, our hands are here to build it back up.

Through our Riverbuilder program, we’ve planted more than 850,000 trees and shrubs on 100 miles of river, and in the process, worked with 450 different landowners who share our mission to plant buffers that serve as last lines of defense for water quality.

Our Riverbuilder Program offers three main services:


New River Conservancy makes site visits to assess the streambank and consult with the landowner about available restoration options. We always follow up to ensure that the landowner has the information necessary to move forward.

Riparian Buffer Restoration

If the site is determined to be a good candidate for the River Builder program, preparations for the next planting season begin; Riverbuilder will supplement the cost to restore the riparian buffer with native plant material while the landowner manages and funds the remaining cost of the project.

Educational Workshops

We offer Riparian Restoration Workshops to educate the public on  watershed topics and restoration techniques

Workshops begin with classroom time to discuss hydrology, restoration techniques, and answer questions. Workshop attendees then get to put theory to practice by going outside to learn how to install livestakes on a streambank.

New River Conservancy Riverbuilder Program

Katie Krogmeier

Restoration Director

Meet Katie

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