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A few Wikipedians have gotten together to make some suggestions about how we might organize data in articles about rivers. These are only suggestions, things to give you focus and to get you going, and you shouldn't feel obligated in the least to follow them. But if you don't know what to write or where to begin, following the guidelines below may be helpful. Mainly, we just want you to write articles!


This WikiProject Rivers aims primarily to describe the Earth's rivers in a consistent and complete fashion. Waterfalls on rivers are also within the scope of this project.

Hierarchy definition

Classification standards for river articles uses the standard classifications and definitions, including

Pages that are Category, Disambig, File, Portal, Project, and Template should be classified as such. Pages that are Redirects should be classified NA.

The classification, Class=, is set in the WikiProject Rivers template. See this proposal on dividing a topic into a hierarchy.

The Importance, Importance=, is set in the WikiProject Rivers template to one of the following: Top, High, Mid, Low, NA. Articles without importance show an importance of ???.

Things to do[edit]

Related projects[edit]


The parent of this WikiProject is the WikiProject Geography.

Descendant WikiProjects and task forces

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For naming in geography:

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Active members

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Directory/Description/WikiProject Rivers

Please feel free to add yourself here in alphabetical order, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. Advanstra (talk · contribs)
  2. Afil (talk · contribs)
  3. Anupamdutta73 (talk · contribs)
  4. ARoseWolf - Rivers in Alaska
  5. Andy Mabbett = Pigsonthewing (talk · contribs)
  6. Arbustum (talk · contribs) – focusing on rivers in Poland, eg Grajcarek
  7. Are1718 (talk · contribs) – Rivers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  8. Atlantic306 (talk · contribs) – Rivers in Scotland
  9. Awickert (talk · contribs) – river morphology
  10. Bbossoxx (talk · contribs) – Rivers in Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia
  11. Bill McKenna (talk · contribs)
  12. Callanecc (talk · contribs)
  13. Chongkian (talk · contribs) - Rivers in Taiwan
  14. CJK09 (talk · contribs) - North America, especially the western US, especially California, especially the Sierra Nevada
  15. Daniel Case (talk · contribs)
  16. Darwinek (talk · contribs)
  17. Dav4is (talk · contribs) – Categories
  18. DB1729 (talk · contribs) – Canadian rivers
  19. Dentren (talk · contribs)
  20. Dicklyon (talk · contribs) – Creeks in the San Francisco Bay area, and aerial views of rivers, creeks, reservoirs, etc.
  21. Epipelagic (talk · contribs) – estuarine ecosystems
  22. Finetooth (talk · contribs)
  23. G. Moore (talk · contribs) – Minnesota Rivers
  24. Geopersona (talk · contribs) – UK rivers
  25. Gerrit (talk · contribs)
  26. Gilliam (talk · contribs) – writing articles about small US streams (creeks) and how they were so named.
  27. Gjs238 (talk · contribs)
  28. Gnangbade (talk · contribs) – African rivers
  29. ICTMontreal (talk · contribs) – Bouchard Creek on the Island of Montreal
  30. Jokulhlaup (talk · contribs) – UK rivers
  31. Juliancolton (talk · contribs)
  32. Kierano (talk · contribs)
  33. Kmusser (talk · contribs) – cartography
  34. Kuru (talk · contribs) – Texas rivers
  35. LaurentianShield (talk · contribs) – northern Wisconsin rivers and streams, Sierra Nevada (US) foothills streams
  36. Llywrch (talk · contribs)
  37. Lotheric (talk · contribs)
  38. Markussep (talk · contribs) – geography of Europe
  39. Masterhatch (talk · contribs) — Rivers of Western Canada, mostly Saskatchewan
  40. Мастер теней (talk · contribs) – world. Coordinates and logic. Project Water Bodies (Водные объекты) in Ruwiki.
  41. MaynardClark (talk · contribs)
  42. Mike Cline (talk · contribs) – river fisheries
  43. Murgatroyd49 (talk · contribs) - UK rivers and canals
  44. NomzEditingWikis (talk · contribs) - US stub-level rivers and lakes
  45. Peteforsyth (talk · contribs) – Columbia River
  46. Pfly (talk · contribs)
  47. PimRijkee (talk · contribs)
  48. PointsofNoReturn (talk · contribs) – Hudson River
  49. Rehman (talk · contribs) – templates, rivers in Sri Lanka
  50. Riverhugger (talk · contribs) – translation from Chinese and Russian sources
  51. Rmhermen (talk · contribs)
  52. Ruhrfisch (talk · contribs)
  53. Ryboy42 (talk · contribs) – Editing Dead Links For Mostly American Rivers, but I might sneak in some other continents (2022 Edit: I'll do what I can)
  54. SaltedSturgeon (talk · contribs) – rivers of Canada, mostly focusing on Albertan rivers and creeks, of which there are many.
  55. Santasa99 (talk · contribs) – all articles "karst" & "hydro", rivers in Bosnia & Dinarides, created Neretva & many other in Dinarides, trout & fish sp.
  56. Schmiebel (talk · contribs) - California streams and rivers, their ecology, effects of beaver on, salmonids, or any stream/river I visit
  57. Shannon1 (talk · contribs) – Western United States and elsewhere
  58. Spencer (talk · contribs)
  59. Stan Shebs (talk · contribs)
  60. Starkenborgher (talk · contribs) - South Indian rivers, in Tamil Nadu and Kerala
  61. The Bushranger (talk · contribs)
  62. Thewellman (talk · contribs) – navigable rivers and estuaries; flow variation; aquatic biochemistry; riparian groundwater
  63. TimK MSI (talk · contribs)
  64. TomCat4680 (talk · contribs)
  65. Triglav (talk · contribs)
  66. Veg Mapper (talk · contribs) – Mid-Atlantic United States Rivers, midwest rivers, and adding infoboxes to those articles that do not have them
  67. VerruckteDan (talk · contribs)
  68. Wiki tamil 100 (talk · contribs)
  69. Wolfgang8741 (talk · contribs) – Infoboxes & Wikidata, QA, consistency
  70. Zack3142 (talk · contribs) – Prefer Indian Rivers
  71. ZH8000 (talk · contribs) – European and Swiss rivers

Inactive members

This is a list of people who are members of the project but haven't edited Wikipedia for a year. If you find your name on this list, feel free to move it back to the list of active participants when you return to editing.

Inactive members list
  1. AlexNebraska (talk · contribs)
  2. All Is One (talk · contribs)
  3. Alvar = Alvaro (talk · contribs) - rivers of France
  4. Analogdemon (talk · contribs)
  5. AndrewEnns (talk · contribs)
  6. Bolonium (talk · contribs)
  7. Cgoodwin (talk · contribs)
  8. Chase I (talk · contribs)
  9. Chemicalinterest (talk · contribs)
  10. ChristopherM (talk · contribs)
  11. ContrillionAU (talk · contribs)
  12. CQ (talk · contribs) – river ecosystems
  13. Crackerbelly (talk · contribs)
  14. Curoi (talk · contribs)
  15. Curtaintoad (talk · contribs)
  16. Ericleb01 (talk · contribs)
  17. Graycake (talk · contribs) - rivers in the Southwestern United States
  18. Hydrogen Iodide (talk · contribs)
  19. Imars (talk · contribs)
  20. J293339 (talk · contribs)
  21. Jakec (talk · contribs) - Pennsylvania streams, creeks, and rivers
  22. Jdorje (talk · contribs)
  23. Jezhotwells (talk · contribs)
  24. Jonathan.s.kt (talk · contribs)
  25. Jonhmethar (talk · contribs)
  26. Kau thænt (talk · contribs)
  27. Kborland (talk · contribs)
  28. LeheckaG (talk · contribs)
  29. Little Mountain 5 (talk · contribs) - Oregon geography
  30. Lonewolf BC (talk · contribs)
  31. Magnetawan (talk · contribs)
  32. MCalamari (talk · contribs)
  33. MED usgswrd (talk · contribs)
  34. Narthring (talk · contribs)
  35. Nebraska3 (talk · contribs)
  36. Nowhither (talk · contribs)
  37. Papayoung (talk · contribs)
  38. Peter Shearan (talk · contribs)
  39. Pollinator (talk · contribs)
  40. SatuSuro (talk · contribs)
  41. Sculptorjones (talk · contribs)
  42. Southern Texas (talk · contribs)
  43. Stackler (talk · contribs)
  44. stavros1 (talk · contribs)
  45. Suksesi (talk · contribs) - especially African rivers
  46. Tarif Ezaz (talk · contribs) – Bangladesh rivers
  47. Tim P (talk · contribs) - floods
  48. Titanium Wolf (talk · contribs)
  49. Tomandjerry211 (talk · contribs)
  50. Tripp155 (talk · contribs) - Focusing on New York
  51. Vdiest (talk · contribs)
  52. Waltpohl (talk · contribs)
  53. werner2101 (talk · contribs) - active in Wikidata and OpenStreetMap river projects.
  54. Youngamerican (talk · contribs)


See also: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (geographic names)

River articles may be named "X", "X River", or "River X", depending on location and most common usage. "River X" is used for many (but not all) rivers in the UK and Ireland. "X River" is the norm in the Americas. "X river" (i.e. non-capitalized "river") is not recommended. When common usage does not include the word "River", but disambiguation is required (e.g. the river Inn in central Europe), parenthetical, non-capitalized "river" should be used: Inn (river). In other words neither "river" (without parentheses) nor "River" should be used to disambiguate articles. Country-specific exceptions to this rule should be discussed within WikiProject Rivers and/or that country's WikiProject.

If different rivers with the same name exist, disambiguate with parentheses using either the parent river, country or (if both in the same country) the largest geographical entity that distinguishes them (e.g. the Vils (Danube), Vils (Naab) and Vils (Lech); the Turiec (Váh) and Turiec (Sajó); and the Colorado River (Texas), Colorado River (Potosi), Colorado River (Costa Rica), etc.) The exception is UK rivers - see below.

Multiple rivers with the same name

Because there are many rivers in the world with the same name (e.g. the Columbia River has two tributaries named the Salmon River, another flows into the lower Fraser River and one more has been identified in Nova Scotia), not all of which are recent namings in the Americas (e.g. there are four rivers in England called River Avon), the following method of disambiguation is used:

Rivers with multiple names

Some rivers have names with multiple spellings which vary with the different countries the rivers pass through. An example would be the Cunene River in Angola, which is known as the Kunene River in Namibia. Occasionally, a river can have several genuinely distinct names. For example, the Cuando River not only has the variant spelling Kwando, it's also called the Linyanti and the Chobe. The following rules are suggested for choosing a primary name for such a river:

It is important that all the alternate names redirect to the name chosen for the article title. This helps prevent the creation of duplicate articles.

Article structure guidelines[edit]

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject UK geography/How to write about rivers


The lead section should be a self-contained description including a summary of the most important things that are described in the article. The name(s) – both historic and current – should be in bold. State the location (continent/countries/seaboards), and notable facts about the river, such as longest, second longest, main waterway of a country, etc. For more information see Wikipedia:Lead.


Describe what is known about the different inhabitants along the river, along with a description of the scientific exploration expeditions/efforts. Typically, start from indigenous people and work up from there.


The narrative description of the course should proceed from the main headwater of the river downstream to its mouth, noting direction, size, major tributaries, human settlements, waterfalls, dams, and so forth. This should be at least a paragraph, may be several paragraphs for long rivers. This section can include numerical data on length, volume, drainage basin, etc.

Info on major water basins can be found at Watersheds of the world : ecological value and vulnerability. World Resources Institute. 1998. ISBN 1-56973-254-X. LCCN 98-85401. WRI 2900., updated in 2003 as ISBN 1-56973-548-4.

For the largest one or two tributaries of the river, a short description of them should be added (perhaps under a "Tributaries" subsection) with "main" links.


When the source of the river is complex, such as a network of smaller streams, or a spring and cave system, consider if the source would be better described in its own section or sub-section separately from the course section. In simpler cases, such as when a river merely originates from a lake, discuss in the course section.


Include information about the geography and distribution of drainage basins, the location of mountain ranges, valleys, major cities, etc. Mention climate of the different areas of the watershed, and information about water quality, etc.

River modifications

In this section describe the dams, diversion canals, bridges and culverts, roads, and other engineering projects associated with or with a big impact on the river.

Natural history

Mention distinctive plants and animals associated with any part of the river. This section may also be titled Wildlife or Biology.


The evolution of some rivers has been well explored (e.g., the Missoula Floods and their effect on the Columbia River). Such information should be placed here, with a suitable discussion of all POVs when possible.

See also: Glacial geology of the Genesee River


A countless number of rivers have been used as means to transport people, goods, etc., and are still used so today. All such information should be described here. Stylistically, this can be a good segue from history, connecting past uses of the river to present-day uses.


References and external links

Preferably refer to history, ecology, public policy, books, websites, etc.


There should be at least one picture, preferably a typical view. Important rivers should have additional pictures illustrating their notable features. Maps of the river's course and of its watershed are highly desirable.


Every river article should include a map. Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps gives advice on the conventions to be used. The map should be included in the Maps section of the ((Infobox river)) template. Pushpin maps showing the location of the mouth of the river should be included if there is no tailored map for the specific river. Route maps are optional, a sample can be seen at ((River Medway map)).

Geographical coordinates

Every river article should include geographical coordinates for at least the mouth or mouth and source of the river. Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/Linear gives advice on the positioning of these coordinates. The coordinates of the source and mouth are included in the Infobox river template:

Other significant points may be included inline in the text using ((coord|lat|long|display=inline)).

The draft proposals for features that may be handled by this project suggest:

feature main coordinates further recommended coordinates optional additions examples
river estuary/mouth source, major confluences crossings, other confluences, boundaries crossed, weirs, major changes in direction, islands
valley ??? both ends? watersheds, rivers, settlements, landmarks, features
canal midpoint5 both ends junctions, wharves, crossings, locks
bridge midpoint both ends features crossed, support pillars


Every river article should be indexed in lists of rivers, along with its major tributaries.



A detailed list of recognized content is available at Rivers recognized content.

Article alerts

Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

Redirects for discussion

Good article nominees

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Articles for creation


See also: User:AlexNewArtBot/WaterbodiesSearchResult

Cleanup listing

A range of tasks are available at Cleanup listing.

A list of articles needing cleanup associated with this project is available. See also the tool's wiki page and the index of WikiProjects.


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An article can be rated by quality and importance; for example, using ((WikiProject Rivers|class=Stub|importance=Low)). For detailed instructions on quality grading, see: WikiProject Rivers/Assessment. There are many articles that still need to be assessed. You may help us to assess them, please see Category:Unassessed River articles for the complete list.


Infobox river

The template ((Infobox river)) can be used for representative images and basic information about a river. See the template's documentation for instructions, examples and blank versions of the template to start with. You can see it in action on River Scheldt.

Navigation boxes

A list of navigation boxes can be found at: Category:River navigational boxes.


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