River Science

A nonprofit organization


Our goal is to use education, technology, and information to improve river management and project impacts. We strive to better our Earth and create innovative solutions for individuals and businesses to conserve and benefit the world we live in.


River Science is crucial to the project of conserving and restoring the riparian areas of Oak Creek and the surrounding montane forests and grasslands on our ranch. They are helping us develop goals and strategies so that this unique piece of land might serve to educate and inspire future generations in the community in caring for the land and wildlife, as that is their heritage. Our dream is that the helpful resources available to us through River Science will help act as a stimulating influence within the local community, and even communities beyond Fremont County, to seek creative ways to save, restore, and conserve the precious beauty and value that is the land, waterways, and wildlife here in Colorado. - Linn & Judy Van Norman

River Science partnered with our science department to bring the curriculum and classroom to the field, providing invaluable experience and relevance to our students. How many high school science classes are providing intern-level opportunities to their students across the board in every class? We are, thanks to River Science! Our student's science course requests are up 30% because of their involvement. - Bill Summers, Principal of Canon City High School


River Science is a nonprofit that is dedicated to helping our clients access the information they need to achieve the greatest conservation impacts. Our mission is to use education, technology, and information to improve river management and project impacts.

Background Statement

Our story is simple. We grew frustrated when we had to use outdated, inaccurate, and poor resolution data to understand and improve complex river issues. Our research and experiences taught us new tools, technologies, and creative approaches to collect affordable data at meaningful scales. This naturally grew into a business plan, but there was more to this niche. Why just help our business when we can help all businesses improve their conservation impacts? With over a billion dollars spent every year on improving the USA's rivers, the work is plentiful but the shortage is cost-effective solutions that really do improve rivers. We don't have all the answers, but we are committed to ongoing research and helping river projects and management with gathering the data they need (existing or new) and/or helping to arrive at the information needed to achieve the stated goals.

Organization Data


Organization name

River Science

Year Established


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Organization Size

Medium Organization


430 Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212


430 Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212

Service areas

Fremont County, CO, US



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