“I tell people that River Rally changed my life,” laughs Gary Ananian, Executive Director and Founder of Kern River Conservancy. A first-time attendee of River Network’s River Rally (held near Truckee, California in April/May 2018), Ananian came to environmental work from a background in the food and beverage industry.
The crown jewels of the US that shouldn't be touched.
In 2013, I started the Kern River Conservancy to help keep the Kern River clean and safe. It’s not a particularly romantic story: We just got tired of seeing trash and graffiti up and down the banks of our beautiful river. It was from there that we started organizing volunteers and cleaning up the river on an ongoing basis.