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Welcome to the Midwest Chapter of the River Management Society!
We are river professionals and students from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Our goal is to further the RMS mission by providing a forum for members in the Midwest to discuss river management and professional development issues in chapter workshops and other events that are interesting, collegial and fun.

Chapter Officers are volunteers from the Midwestern States who organize activities, represent the nation's midsection in national discussions and support an active chapter membership, and they have been elected to serve (or appointed to fill vacancies) for terms noted. Learn about chapter governance by reviewing the RMS Midwest Chapter Bylaws, and read about current activities in our recent  Midwest Chapter Update. If you work in a river management field and live in one of the MW states we invite you to join RMS today!

Chapter Officers
Any professional member is eligible to run for office. Candidates should be informed regarding Chapter Officer Roles and be willing to be an active participant. Contact any Midwest Chapter officer to become involved in local or national RMS activities.

Chapter President:

Peter Hark (through 2012)
Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources
Parks and Trails Division
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

tel (651) 259-5618
Vice President:

Randy Thoreson (through 2012)
National Park Service
111 E Kellog Blvd Ste. 105
St.Paul, MN 55101

tel (651) 290-3004



Sue Jennings (through 2015)
National Park Service
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630

tel (231) 326-5134 ext. 422


RMS Journals with a MW Focus

The most recent RMS newsletter with a MW focus is Winter 2012 Volume 25, No. 4. You can view the most recent RMS Journal by clicking here, and to read all of our back issues online, become a member! All newsletters are archived and are available along with other Society publications on the members-only side of our website.

2013 Highlights

In May, 2013 RMS visited the Midwest Chapter to attend events related to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Minnesota's Water Trails program and a trip through Class II+ rapids on the Minnesota River, newly rediscovered in the wake of removing a hydropower dam on the Minnesota River in Granite Falls. The June, 2013 Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce Newsletter showcases some of the weekend's activities.  Thanks go to RMS' host Erik Wrede and member John Helland for connecting us to many individuals who are seeking new ways towns and cities can turn to their rivers as the lever and stage upon which to build strong futures.