About rivers without borders

Rivers Without Borders began in 1999 as a network of Canadian and U.S. member organizations called the Transboundary Watershed Alliance, coordinating efforts on regional environmental, indigenous rights and sustainability issues. While maintaining our original organizational ties and creating new alliances with commercial fishermen, biologists, guides, community leaders and others, Rivers Without Borders is now a distinct entity. As our name suggests, we promote a watershed-based conservation vision for an ecologically rich region virtually defining the essence of North American wilderness, and representing one of the continent’s best conservation opportunities.

“With wild salmon in decline and climate change threatening, we promote and protect the extraordinary ecological and cultural values of the transboundary watersheds.”

Rivers Without Borders is the only conservation advocacy organization operating strategically across the Alaska – British Columbia border.

In a time of declining wild salmon runs, diminishing biodiversity, marine habitat degradation, and accelerating climate change pressures, Rivers Without Borders promotes and protects the extraordinary ecological and cultural values of the still largely pristine transboundary watersheds of southeast Alaska and northwest British Columbia. These storied mountains-to-sea river ecosystems include the Taku, Iskut-Stikine, Unuk, Chilkat, Whiting, and Alsek-Tatshenshini. We work with First Nations, tribes, commercial fishermen, scientists, community leaders, businesses, conservation advocates, and others to keep the transboundary region wild and thriving.

Rivers Without Borders has a veteran team of highly capable and committed staff and associates in Juneau, Alaska, in central and southern British Columbia, and in northwest Washington. The organization is guided by a Steering Committee representing a wealth of regional conservation experience.