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National Rivers Recreation Database

A study developed in 2013 established consensus about the vision for a national rivers resource among interested river professionals. We used a study distributed in three-phases or rounds, as described in this Delphi Model.  Dr. Zachary Cole, PhD, RMS member and Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro led the effort, resulting in the following as our agreed-upon vision: 

The National River Recreation Database provides river recreation and management information useful to resource managers and interested publics 

The final Nation Rivers Database Vision Report reflect the input of individuals who participated in the 2013 Qualtrics study with strategic and thoughtful suggestions. The Scoping Study Results reviews the the profile of the group participating in the visioning exercise, and the Round 1 Summary Report shares what the participants suggestions for the type of information they feel would be important in a national database.  Developing a vision statement is always challenging, and we appreciate participants time and contribution. 

What have we been doing in 2014?

We have been working on a process to accept 'volunteered' river data arriving come from a variety of sources.  RMS has been working to define a model for the geospatial database, are extremely encouraged about data that may be shared, and are fortunate to have strong partners at the National Hydrography Dataset, NHD and Esri, where the project will live. Stay tuned!

 


 River Professionals Webnetwork

2014-2015 Webinars: Train, Network, and Grow!

RMS is pleased to offer the following web-based encore presentations of popular recent workshops. They reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of river management and showcase the extraordinary array of expertise among RMS members and colleagues who are working toward systems that encourage prudent paths for our nation's rivers. These sessions will give you the opportunity to: 

  • Brush up on topics you have heard about but about have not taken the time to investigate
  • Discuss (directly or through audience chat) how to leverage your network of river professionals
  • Learn from topic experts and locate resources you've not been able to find elsewhere!

Only one or two webinars will be be set up at a time to avoid scheduling confusion.

To receive an email invitation and registration link to an event that is open for registration and receive notices when
registration opens for future events in the series, email rms@river-management.org. Registration will be open until
24 hrs before the webnetwork event begins.

Download the 2014-2015 RMS Webnetwork Program here.  The December 10th Webinar is open for registration!

   
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Hydroelectric Power Projects

Hydropower is derived from the energy of falling water and running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has been used for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as watermillssawmills and textile mills. 

Hydropower projects stakeholders include utility company planners, river managers and planners, river conservation and recreation advocates, and municipal leaders and planners. The process of applying for a license or a license renewal every 30-50 years is complex, reflective of the many impacts and benefits that are evaluated and researched along the way.  The lengthy and measured process most often results in license documents that are cumbersome, and often tough to understand or interpret, so RMS has embarked on a project to help stakeholders interested interested in learning about specific licenses and not interested in slogging through 100-200+ pages of text.

Handy Hydropower Summaries

produced in collaboration with the Hydropower Reform Coalition

Hydropower License Resource in Plain English

Welcome to the growing library summarized hydropower license and settlement provisions that are easy for members of the public to understand, and convenient for river professionals to call upon in their management of rivers impacted by hydropower generation.

Summary of the Process

The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the River Management Society team identified hydropower licenses that have been completed during the last decade which illustrate licenses of varying complexity and in a variety of geographic locations.  Licenses, documents largely 150-200 pages in length, were distilled to highlight the topics of greatest interest to interested members of the public, acknowledge members of stakeholders who are signatories to settlements, and important plans and provisions affecting public use and access to the river affected by the hydropower facility and its operations. 

In 2014 we have added eight summaries to the growing library, noted below: 

Northwest

Clackamas River, Oregon - Clackamas Project 

Missouri - Madison Rivers, Montana-Missouri-Madison Project / New in 2014!

Pend Orielle River, Washington - Boundary Project New in 2014!

Snake River, Idaho - Mid-Snake Project 

Sultan River - S. Henry M. Jackson Project New in 2014!

Sun River, Montana - Gibson Project

W. Rosebud Creek, Montana - Mystic Lake Project New in 2014!

Pacific

Piru Creek, California - Santa Felicia Project 

Rockies

Blacksmith River, Utah - Hyrum Dam New in 2014!

Midwest

Fox River, Wisconsin - Badger-Rapide Crochet New in 2014!

Southeast

Nantahala River, North Carolina - Nantahala Project  

New River, Virginia - Claytor Project 

Yadkin River, Wilkesboro, North Carolina - W. Kerr Scott Dam Project New in 2014!

Northeast

Hudson River, New York - Green Island Power New in 2014!

These summaries are also available on the Hydropower Reform Coalition website, www.hydroreform.org along with links to the complete license, other hydropower projects and a wealth of information about the relicensing of hydropower dams. 

This project has been made possible by the generosity of the Arches Foundation.

 

 

...and the 2014 River Management Awards go to...

The River Management Society (RMS) congratulates winners of the 2014 River Management Awards, individuals who have exhibited outstanding achievement and leadership among river professionals in their stewardship of our rivers. Here are this year’s awardees, nominated by their peers and reviewed by the RMS Awards Committee:

River Manager of the Year - Mary Crockett, Congaree Land Trust, RMS-Southwest Chapter President 
Contribution to the River Management Society - Risa Shimoda, RMS Executive Director
Contribution to River Management - Bob Martini, retired, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Frank Church Wild and Scenic Rivers Award - Nancy Schweiger, U.S. Forest Service, retired

Join us in applauding this year’s winners.  These honors, open to both members and non-members, represent the highest form of peer appreciation. Nominations are submitted by individuals from the river management community, and the selections are made by a committee of RMS members led by the National Secretary.

River Manager of the Year - Mary Crockett (Columbia, South Carolina)

Following her retirement from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as River Manager, Mary joined the staff of Congaree Land Trust, where she now serves as Land Protection Director. For thirty years, Mary has been instrumental in protecting lands adjacent to South Carolina rivers, conserving natural wetlands, and educating future generations about the importance of protecting our waterways. Mary’s many accomplishments include: multiple successful grants secured ensuring over 25,000 acres of conservation easements are in place; over 25 miles of river corridor protected and recognized with National Recreation Trail status and/or Blue Trail designation; and well-trained staff and volunteers that monitor conservation easements. Mary has instructed children and adults in watercraft safety at multiple events across the state, offered many presentations about SC rivers and river issues, and published 8 Baseline Documentation Reports.
Her roles with RMS began as an active Southeast RMS chapter member in 2000, and as Southeast Chapter President for seven years. She has been a “mover and shaker” with chapter officers across the country, encouraging them to conduct annual float trips, membership drives, and promotion of RMS as an organization, and she has been a stalwart resource for RMS journal articles. Well-respected among her peers, Mary provides a strong voice for the Southeast chapter and organization as a whole. In addition to her passion for rivers, and her planning and management skills, the board meetings benefit from her talent as a patient, open, direct and sincere contributor.

Contribution to the RMS - Risa Shimoda (Takoma Park, Maryland) 


Risa serves as Executive Director for the RMS and although her job performance has been rated by the Board as Excellent, this is afterall, her job. It’s Risa’s determined commitment and how she goes above and beyond her half-time contract with a can-do attitude to continually develop and promote RMS while always expanding the scope and reach of our organization. In just a two year period of time, she has created significant growth and positive change for the RMS organization. She has provided exceptional contributions to national policy, planning, and program development that impact how RMS protects and enhances river systems by bringing new and improved recognition to RMS as a leader among professional organizations. Her leadership within RMS has created sustainable positive change leading numerous focus groups, representing RMS at agency meetings, continuing fundraising efforts, grant writing, and cheerleading Chapter efforts. She continually donates over and above her normal paid schedule to ensure the success of RMS. She has brought new and positive private and public awareness of the RMS in academia via a new river certification and learning program with participating colleges and universities. She has increased membership substantially, developed and/or located new sources of funding or resources for the RMS. Simply put, RMS would not be where it is today without the work of Risa Shimoda.

Contribution to River Management  -  Bob Martini (Rhinelander, Wisconsin)

In the early 1970’s and subsequent to passing the Clean Water Act, Bob took on the economically powerful and politically influential paper mills that lined the banks of the Wisconsin River where they deposited their waste. He and his colleagues used the law and science to eventually work the paper industry into compliance. Bob convinced industry leaders they could actually make money by not throwing useable product into the river. Sections of river once biologically dead are now healthy and popular recreation stretches. The mills also take pride in the part they played in saving the Wisconsin River. Later in his career, Bob helped his agency reorganize river management in a way that benefitted and highlighted rivers and citizen awareness. Long before citizen water quality data collection was mainstream, Bob advocated his agency to incorporate this to engage citizens. He also urged more forceful promotion of small dam removal projects.

During his career and since retirement, he has been a staunch and consistent advocate with and for many river groups; helping to start up and later lead the River Alliance of Wisconsin, several water and land conservation organizations; and a member of his county board, where he has made water and land conservation a serious topic. At every opportunity, Bob combines his expertise about rivers and river management with an undying passion for flowing waters. He embodies a rare package of scientific knowledge and passion for rivers, making him one of the most credible voices for rivers to the general public in the state of Wisconsin. He was described by one colleage as having a “…dedication to rivers and the public trust that is legendary.”

Frank Church Wild and Scenic Rivers - Nancy Schweiger (Gold Beach, Oregon)

This award recognizes Nancy's ability to resolve challenging issues and advance awareness and stewardship as a river Manager on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest  of four National Wild and Scenic Rivers - the Rogue, Chetco, Illinois, and North Fork of the Smith. These rivers host over 200,000 visitors annually, and their management includes 80 conservation easements and almost one hundred special use permits. During the final seven years of a 30 year career in natural resources, Nancy changed an adversarial environment (her district was singled-out for “how not to steward Wild and Scenic Rivers,” and the Chetco was listed by American Rivers as one of our nation's most endangered rivers) into one that supported the river through improved conservation easement enforcement and support of the non-profit organization “Trash Dogs"  to pick up cars, trailers, refrigerators, and other debris. Thanks to Nancy, who recognized  that employees needed to spend more time in-the-field stewarding the lands they administered, employee time on the water increased by fifty percent, and so too did on-the-ground stewardship and compliance.

She was a founder of the Southwest Oregon and Northern California Symposium on Wild and Scenic Rivers held in 2011 to increase understanding of the protection requirements associated with managing Wild and Scenic Rivers. She was a leader of the 2-day “Cherish the Chetco” event in 2012 to promote local awareness and stewardship and featured educational programs and volunteer stewardship projects involving 12 community organizations. In 2013, Nancy served on the steering committee for  “Experience the Elk” which promoted stewardship of the Wild and Scenic Elk River.

 

RMS extends a hearty 'thank you' to the RMS Awards Committee: before the award nominations came rolling in this year, we welcomed two new award committee members Alan Vandiver (retired Forest Service) and Bo Shelby (Oregon State University). These new members, together with existing committee members from Washington D.C., Alaska, Colorado, and Idaho helped to round out representation across the country.

To individuals who submitted nominations, and to the RMS Awards Committee members who have dedicate many hours of thoughtful consideration to the annual awards process: thank you!

Congratulations again to all honorees!