Community-based conservation models can infuse the identity and voice of neighborhoods into our riverfronts as a strategy to provide equitable access to long, connected stretches of clean, living, inviting rivers that run through our towns and cities. People’s pride and connection to lands and waters builds stronger advocates to steward and protect these places. Especially in underserved areas, facilitating community-led land acquisition, restoration and programming strategies can open opportunities for government agencies and municipalities to invest in and assist our most vulnerable populations to become more resilient to climate change, and to improve water quality and quality of life in places that historically have born the greatest brunt of pollution. This model is paired with development of heritage water trails, such as the African American Heritage Water Trail in Chicago’s south side, which highlights nationally significant history in one of the birthplaces of the environmental justice movement. The water trail highlights and promotes the activities and activism of local community groups, from whom the stores for the brochure were collected. Our goals are for participants to identify how they can incorporate community-driven acquisition, restoration, programming, and water trails strategies to improve river access, river health, resiliency, and equity in areas where they work. More broadly, Rally members will brainstorm how this kind of model can integrate lands and waters in populated areas – especially our underserved communities - into our strategies to adapt to and mitigate climate change, and conserve 30% of our lands and waters by 2030.