The River Management Society Library maintains a variety of river-related reference materials, and we encourage you to take period walks through the aisles when you are looking for solutions to river management questions that may have been addressed by others. 

RMS Publications

  • Current issue of the RMS Journal
  • Allocating River Use: a review of approaches and existing systems for river professionals (see below)
    The document is linked, below and available in quantity (40 books per box) for instructors and organizations

Hazard Reduction

  • Drowning Machines, a paper published in the National Academy of Sciences that provides a technical treatment of the public safety hazard present at low head dam

Invasive Species Management
Aquative Invasive Nuisance Species

  • New York State iMap
  • Clean-Drain-Dry Video for Paddlers - this link brings you to a page the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed as a paddler resource regarding AI spread prevention.

Carrying Capacity and Use Allocation

National Park Service Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program

RMS Store - Open every day!

  • River Log (two sizes) - Blank note sheets and reference pages that feature tips for tying basic knots, Leave No Trace suggestions, river signals and other information. Pocket Size sheets: 3 ½” x 4 ¾”, Large size:7” x 4 ½”.  Printed on waterproof paper.
  • Pre-trip Checklists - Each single sheet provides the comprehensive and practical and advice offered by river guides when orienting customers prior to a trip..Printed on the front and back of super tough Tyvek 8 ½” x 11” sheets (often worn by running or biking competitors), 

Available to RMS Members

Quarterly - The print version of the RMS Journal is mailed to members

Every Day - In RMS "Stacks"

Archives and other materials available to members exclusively iclude:

Members are invited to share articles, white papers, other publications, and links related to topics of interest to river management professionals.

Allocating River Use: a review of approaches and existing systems for river professionals

This report summarizes information about allocating use on North American rivers. The goal is to review allocation systems and public responses to them. The report describes the advantages and disadvantages of different choices in different settings, providing river professionals with the tools to assess and develop their allocation options.

The report was broken into sections to facilitate viewing over the internet. You can view the sections by clicking on any of the section descriptions listed below.

Title Page (29 KB)

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. How river allocation works: An overview
Preparing for allocation decision-making
Chapter 3-Criteria for evaluating allocation systems
Calculating a "use scorecard"
(435 KB)

Chapter 4. Allocation approaches
The monetary value of commercial allocations
Chapter 5. Primary distribution mechanisms
On mixing mechanisms
Allocating use among outfitters in a split system
Chapter 6. Secondary distribution systems
The "business" of allocating use
(466 KB)

Chapter 7. River use allocation systems in North America
What's the "right" number of commercial outfitters?
(475 KB)

Chapter 8. Case studies
Chapter 9. Opinions toward permit and allocation systems
Allocation research and monitoring needs
(619 KB)

List of Sources
(342 KB)