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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!



WikiProject Rivers


This WikiProject aims primarily to describe the Earth's rivers in a consistent and complete fashion.

Hierarchy definitionEdit

No classification of Rivers has been defined. See this proposal on dividing a topic into a hierarchy.

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The parent of this WikiProject is the WikiProject Geography.

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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. Andy Mabbett = Pigsonthewing (talk · contribs)
  4. Arbustum (talk · contribs) - focusing on rivers in Poland, eg Grajcarek
  5. Are1718 (talk · contribs) - Rivers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  6. Atlantic306 (talk · contribs) — Rivers in Scotland
  7. Awickert (talk · contribs) - river morphology
  8. Bermicourt (talk · contribs)
  9. Bill McKenna (talk · contribs)
  10. Bbossoxx (talk · contribs) — Rivers in Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia
  11. Callanecc (talk · contribs)
  12. ContrillionAU (talk · contribs)
  13. CQ (talk · contribs) - river ecosystems
  14. Daniel Case (talk · contribs)
  15. Darwinek (talk · contribs)
  16. Dav4is (talk · contribs) - Categories
  17. Dentren (talk · contribs)
  18. Epipelagic (talk · contribs) - estuarine ecosystems
  19. Finetooth (talk · contribs)
  20. Gerrit (talk · contribs)
  21. Gilliam (talk · contribs) - writing articles about small US streams (creeks) and how they were so named.
  22. Gjs238 (talk · contribs)
  23. Jokulhlaup (talk · contribs) - UK rivers
  24. Juliancolton (talk · contribs)
  25. Jonhmethar (talk · contribs)
  26. Kau thænt (talk · contribs)
  27. Kierano (talk · contribs)
  28. Kmusser (talk · contribs) - cartography
  29. Kuru (talk · contribs) - Texas rivers
  30. LaurentianShield (talk · contribs) - northern Wisconsin rivers and streams, Sierra Nevada (US) foothills streams
  31. Llywrch (talk · contribs)
  32. Lotheric (talk · contribs)
  33. Мастер теней (talk · contribs) — world. Coordinates and logic. Project Water Bodies (Водные объекты) in Ruwiki.
  34. Markussep (talk · contribs) - geography of Europe
  35. Mike Cline (talk · contribs) - river fisheries
  36. Narthring (talk · contribs)
  37. Northamerica1000 (talk · contribs)
  38. Peteforsyth (talk · contribs) - Columbia River
  39. Pfly (talk · contribs)
  40. PimRijkee (talk · contribs)
  41. PointsofNoReturn (talk · contribs) - Hudson River
  42. Rehman (talk · contribs) - templates, rivers in Sri Lanka
  43. Riverhugger (talk · contribs) - translation from Chinese and Russian sources
  44. Rmhermen (talk · contribs)
  45. Ruhrfisch (talk · contribs)
  46. SaltedSturgeon (talk · contribs) - rivers of Canada, mostly focusing on Albertan rivers and creeks, of which there are many.
  47. Santasa99 (talk · contribs) - all articles "karst" & "hydro", rivers in Bosnia & Dinarides, created Neretva & many other in Dinarides, trout & fish sp.
  48. Shannon1 (talk · contribs) - Western United States and elsewhere
  49. Spencer (talk · contribs)
  50. Stackler (talk · contribs)
  51. Stan Shebs (talk · contribs)
  52. Tarif Ezaz (talk · contribs) - Bangladesh rivers
  53. The Bushranger (talk · contribs)
  54. Thewellman (talk · contribs) - navigable rivers and estuaries; flow variation; aquatic biochemistry; riparian groundwater
  55. TimK MSI (talk · contribs)
  56. Titanium Wolf (talk · contribs)
  57. TomCat4680 (talk · contribs)
  58. Triglav (talk · contribs)
  59. Veg Mapper (talk · contribs) - Mid-Atlantic United States Rivers
  60. VerruckteDan (talk · contribs)
  61. Wiki tamil 100 (talk · contribs)
  62. Wikiacc (talk · contribs)
  63. Youngamerican (talk · contribs)
  64. ZH8000 (talk · contribs) - European and Swiss rivers

Inactive membersEdit

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. Crackerbelly (talk · contribs)
  12. Curoi (talk · contribs)
  13. Curtaintoad (talk · contribs)
  14. Ericleb01 (talk · contribs)
  15. Graycake (talk · contribs) - rivers in the Southwestern United States
  16. Hydrogen Iodide (talk · contribs)
  17. Imars (talk · contribs)
  18. J293339 (talk · contribs)
  19. Jakec (talk · contribs) - Pennsylvania streams, creeks, and rivers
  20. Jdorje (talk · contribs)
  21. Jezhotwells (talk · contribs)
  22. Jonathan.s.kt (talk · contribs)
  23. Kborland (talk · contribs)
  24. LeheckaG (talk · contribs)
  25. Little Mountain 5 (talk · contribs) - Oregon geography
  26. Lonewolf BC (talk · contribs)
  27. Magnetawan (talk · contribs)
  28. MCalamari (talk · contribs)
  29. MED usgswrd (talk · contribs)
  30. Nebraska3 (talk · contribs)
  31. Nowhither (talk · contribs)
  32. Papayoung (talk · contribs)
  33. Peter Shearan (talk · contribs)
  34. Pollinator (talk · contribs)
  35. SatuSuro (talk · contribs)
  36. Sculptorjones (talk · contribs)
  37. Southern Texas (talk · contribs)
  38. stavros1 (talk · contribs)
  39. Suksesi (talk · contribs) - especially African rivers
  40. Tim P (talk · contribs) - floods
  41. Tomandjerry211 (talk · contribs)
  42. Tripp155 (talk · contribs) - Focusing on New York
  43. Vdiest (talk · contribs)
  44. Waltpohl (talk · contribs)
  45. werner2101 (talk · contribs) - active in Wikidata and OpenStreetMap river projects.


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 (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 nameEdit

Because there are lots of 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 namesEdit

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:

  • If the river is particularly famous or most commonly mentioned under one name, then choose that name.
  • If the section of the river that uses a particular name is much longer than other sections, then use that as the name.
  • If everything else is equal, then choose the name for the section of the river closest to the river's mouth, since generally that is where the river is widest.

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 guidelinesEdit


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 World resources Institute (site is down; archive)

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 modificationsEdit

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 historyEdit

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.


  • List the tributaries, starting from the mouth and going upstream. Add important subtributaries in sublists. Major tributaries should be links, if there is a reasonable chance of article content, minor tributaries should be just names.
  • List the cities and towns along the river, also in upstream order.
  • List dams, locks, waterfalls, rapids, if there are more than a couple and/or they're not mentioned in the lead or course narrative.
  • List crossings of the river.

References and external linksEdit

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 Geobox template. Route maps are optional, a sample can be seen at {{River Medway map}}.

Geographical coordinatesEdit

Every river article should include geographical coordinates. Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/Linear gives advice on the positioning of these coordinates. The coordinates of the source and mouth should be included in the Geobox template, other significant points may be included inline the text using {{coord|x|y}}. 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 and indexed in list of rivers by continent, along with its major tributaries.


Every article should have a category. If a river is restricted to one country, list in Category:rivers of country. If it runs through several, list in each country category.

In the United States, the county(s) in which the river flows may be added as a category; this information can be found via GNIS.


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

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Project bannerEdit

The {{River|class=|importance=|attention=|mapneeded=|needs-infobox=}} template banner is available to add to the talk pages of river articles and gives:

WikiProject Rivers (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject Rivers, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Rivers on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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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 riverEdit

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 boxesEdit

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


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