2015 BLM-WSR Contest

Congratulations to our winners!

An esteemed panel of judges from the Bureau of Land Management chose winners in the three categories: Recreation, Youth and Scenic Landscape categories, and our Facebook friends voted for the Grand Prize winner in a poll which ended October 1. The Grand Prize winner, Brodie Talbott will receive his GoProHero4Silver camera this week, and he has been asked to choose a river charity of his choice as the recipient for a $100 donation on his behalf.
Bureau of Land Management

Photos submitted to the Flickr Group represent a range of BLM Wild and Scenic Rivers, from the ground fed desert Amargosa (California) and LaVerkin Creek in the Black Ridge Wilderness (Utah) to the highly popular recreational rivers like the Deschutes and Rogue Rivers
in Oregon.  See winners on the next page and on the River Management Society Facebook album of  2015 winners!

See all  BLM WSR 2015 photo submissions
at the Wild and Scenic Rivers Flickr site.  Visit the BLM for a list of their Wild and Scenic Rivers, and learn more about  America's Wild and Scenic Rivers System at rivers.gov.
RMS thanks advisory committee members Cathi Bailey, Josh Hammari, Bob Wick from the BLM,  RMS Board President Helen Clough for their time, expertise, creativity, enthusiasm, and the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council for their support of RMS. 


1st Place, Recreation and GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Down River, taken on the Lower Deschutes River, by Brodie Talbott 

(directly below, left) - Our Grand Prize winner has won a GoPro®Hero4 Sliver Camera and $100 RMS will donate in his name to a river charity of his choice. Congratulations Brodie and all winners!

1st Place, Recreation and GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Down River, taken on the Lower Deschutes River, by Brodie Talbott1st Place, Scenic Landscape - OwyheeRiverOR, taken on the Owyhee National Wild River, Oregon, by Bunny Sterin Click on the images to visit the river online!1st Place, Youth - Aki Rowing the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, taken on teh Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, by Thomas O'Keefe

2nd Place, Scenic Landscape -LaVerkin Creek Drainage in Black Ridge Wilderness, Washington County, Utah, looking onto the Wild and Scenic Deep Creek, by Melissa Buchman2nd Place, Recreation - IK on South Fork Owyhee River, taken on the South Fork Owyhee River, by Robin Fehlau

2nd Place, Youth - Taka cliff jumping on th Wild and Scenic Rogue River, taken on the Rogue River, by Thomas O'Keefe

3rd Place, Recreation category - Deschutes River, taken on the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River just upstream of Maupin, Oregon, by Thomas O'Keefe3rd Place, Scenic Landscape category - MissouriNWROR, taken on the Missouri National Wild River MT, by Bunny Sterin

Honorable Mention, Scenic Landscape - Groundwater-fed pools in Amargosa River, taken looking down to the Amargosa River just upstream of Tecopa, California, by Wayne Belcher

 Honorable Mention, Scenic Landscape - Upper Rogue River, taken on the Upper Rogue River, by Todd Ratisseau















1st Place winners will receive a Jack’s Plastic Welding Bucket Bag and JPW 2015 Poster2nd Place winners will receive a Deuter ‘Nomi’ Daypack, 3rd Place winners will receive a Petzl 'Tikka' headlamp, and Honorable Mention awardees will receive an RMS hot/cold drink  logo tumbler.





Rivers and Recreation in a Changing Climate

co-hosted by



The River Management Society  is proud to be partnering with the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals for our biennial training symposium and their annual conference.  We have partnered in the past and look forward to an excellent collaboration that results in bringing a fine, well-organized program to RMS members and colleagues.  

Request for Presentations

Presentation proposals will be accepted through October 31, 2015 (closes midnight Eastern Time).

Download the Request for Presentations Announcement for all the information you need prior to submitting your proposal.

Enter your presentation proposal here, online.Only proposals submitted through this online process will be considered.


...and the 2015 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:

Photo (by Tim Palmer) at awards ceremoney,l to r: Jim Wright, Mick Krussow, RMS President Helen Clough, Shana Steward Deeds representing John Little, Don Gibson representing Michael Greco, and Dave KoehlerRiver Manager of the Year - Desolation Canyon River Rangers
Contribution to the River Management Society - Michael Greco - Canadian Chapter
Contribution to River Management - Dave Koehler - San Joaquin River Parkway Conservation Trust
Frank Church Wild and Scenic Rivers Award - John Little, Mississquoi River Basin Association

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 Professionals Webnetwork

Webinars: Train, Network, and Grow!

RMS is pleased to have offered the following encore presentations of popular recent workshops, now recorded and posted. 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 gave attendees an opportunity to: 

  • Brush up on topics they'd heard about but had not taken the time to investigate
  • Discuss (directly or through audience chat) how to leverage our network of river professionals
  • Learn from topic experts and locate resources not available elsewhere

Webinar attendees receive 50% off a Professional Membership until July 31, 2015 (Use promotional code RMSWeb2015'. Click here to join!


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. 



Clackamas River, Oregon - Clackamas Project 

Missouri and Madison Rivers, Montana -  Missouri-Madison Project 

Deschutes River Oregon - Pelton Round Butte Project

Pend Orielle River, Washington - Boundary Project

Similkameen River, Washington - Enloe Project

Snake River, Idaho - Mid-Snake Project 

Sultan River - S. Henry M. Jackson Project 

Sun River, Montana - Gibson Project

W. Rosebud Creek, Montana - Mystic Lake Project 


Piru Creek, California - Santa Felicia Project 

Mokolumne River, California - Mokolumne River Projects 

South Fork American River, California - Chili Bar Project 

Upper American River, California - Upper American Projects 


Blacksmith River, Utah - Hyrum Dam 


Fox River, Wisconsin - Badger-Rapide Crochet 

Au Sable River, Michigan - Au Sable River Projects

Boardman River, Michigan - Boardman River Projects

Dead River, Michigan - Dead River Projects

Manistee Michigan - Manistee River Projects

Menominee, Michigan - Menominee River Projects

Muskegon, Michigan - Muskegon River Projects

Muskingum, Michigan - Muskingum River Projects

Ontonagon, Michigan - Ontonagon River Projects


Kanawha River Project - London-Marmet Project

Kanawha River, West Virginia - Winfield Project

Nantahala River, North Carolina - Nantahala Project  

New River, Virginia - Claytor Project 

Yadkin River, Wilkesboro, North Carolina - W. Kerr Scott Dam Project 

Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, Alabama - Yadkin-Pee Dee Project


Hudson River, New York - Green Island Power 

Otter Creek, Vermont - Otter Creek Project

Presumpscot River, Maine - Eel Weir Project


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 Arches Foundation, accompanied by support from the BLM for summaries prepared in 2015.