AYRW Supporters

Thank you to all who have supported our organization and cause throughout the years.

The City of Austin

When it began in 1992, Austin Youth River Watch was designed as a joint venture of LCRA and the City of Austin. Ever since, our primary sources of financial support have been the Watershed Protection Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Austin Water Utility. These competitive grants have allowed us to achieve nearly 30 years of success. But our partnership doesn’t end there: River Watch regularly partners with scientists and educators from the City on pollution detection, restoration and green infrastructure projects, teacher trainings, public presentations, and more.

Lower Colorado River Authority’s Colorado River Watch Network

Since our inception, LCRA has provided critical training and equipment to make our water quality monitoring efforts possible. Every River Watch student must learn and follow the rigorous scientific protocols developed by LCRA’s Colorado River Watch Network program. LCRA also manages the water quality data that our River Watchers collect — no small task! Our public data sets are integrated with water quality data sets statewide, and are used by local, state, and national agencies.

3M Foundation and 3Mgives

The 3M Foundation and 3Mgives have been generous corporate supporters of our environmental STEM and youth development programs for youth from underserved communities since 2017. We are thankful for their support through grants and the exponential benefits that have come from their naming of Austin Youth River Watch as beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon in both 2019 and 2020!

Special Friends of River Watch

We are fortunate to have the following friends to partner with us and support us through donations of time, money, equipment, and more:

The Summer Learning Investment Hub – a collaboration between the Webber Family Foundation, KLE Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, Andy Roddick Foundation, Harman-Mayes-Sooch Family Fund, and Learn All The Time

Texas Parks & Wildlife


Winkler Family Foundation

Adobe Employee Community Fund

Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation

Shield-Ayres Foundation

Seawell-Elam Foundation

The Applied Materials Foundation


Lola Wright Foundation


The Austin Chapter of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute

Austin Independent School District

Manor Independent School District

Breakthrough Central Texas

Communities in Schools

Waterloo Greenway

Shoal Creek Conservancy

El Ranchito

The Trail Foundation

Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Together

Go Austin, Vamos Austin (GAVA)

St. John Neighborhood Association

Colorado River Alliance

Cook’s Canoes

Ecology Action of Texas

American Youthworks and Texas Conservation Corps

The University of Texas at Austin

Huston-Tillotson University

Texas State University

Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

National Wildlife Federation

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA)

Austin EcoNetwork

Earth Day Austin

Earth Echo

The ERM Foundation

Impact Austin

Pease Park Conservancy

The Philip T. Bee Charitable Trust


Reliant Energy

RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture

Save Barton Creek Association

SMS Photography

The Texas Rivers Protection Association

Texas River School

Travis County Parks

Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources

The Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance

The Wright Family Foundation

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

Balcones Resources

Zilker Park Boat Rentals

Bat Conservation International