Welcome to the Southwest Chapter of the River Management Society!
The Southwest Chapter is comprised of river managers from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Our goal is to further the RMS mission by providing a regional forum for Southwest members to discuss river management issues and strategies through active participation in chapter meetings and events usually in a fun, friendly, and scenic environment.

Your Chapter Officers (below) are working hard to represent the Southwestern States by promoting regional activities, representing the southwest in national discussions and supporting an active chapter membership. Chapter Bylaws provide direction for meetings and activities of the SW Chapter, and Chapter accomplishments for 2014 and prior years are posted. We hope these activities will interest you. If you work in a river management field and live in one of the SW states we invite you to join now!

Southwest Chapter Officers

Any professional member is eligible to run for office. Officers serve a three (3) year term. Candidates should be informed regarding Chapter Officer Roles and be willing to be an active participant. Contact any Southwest Chapter officer to become involved in local or national RMS activities. Current officers were elected to serve from 2012 through 2014.

Chapter President:

Rob White, Park Manager
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
307 W. Sackett Avenue
Salida, CO 81201

tel (719) 539-7289


Vice President:

Greg Trainor
2514 Snowmass Court
Grand Junction, CO 81507

tel (970) 260-4670

Matt Blocker, Outdoor Recreation Planner
Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
125 S. 600 West
Price, UT 84501

tel (435) 636-3631
Trip Coordinator:

Stuart Schneider, Associate Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Gunnison Field Office
210 W. Spencer Ave., Ste. A
Gunnison, CO 81230

tel (970) 642-4964

RMS Journals with a Southwest Focus
The most recent RMS Journal with a SW focus is Spring, 2013, Volume 26, No.1. You can view the most recent RMS Journal by clicking here. For access to back issues online, join RMS today! Past RMS Journals are rchived and are available along with other Society publications on the members-only side of this website.

Upcoming Southwest Chapter Activities 
This site lists activities and happenings with River Management in the Southwestern States. If you have an activity or happening in your Southwestern state please contact one of the chapter officers to post your event!

SW Chapter Bylaws - Voice to approve the updated bylaws! Vote here by July 15, 2016.

The Southwest Chapter has updated its bylaws to reflect the current officer roles and responsibilities.  You can read the Recommended SW Chapter Bylaws here, and vote in favor of their adoption here. Thank you for taking in interest in your chapter's governance!

SW Chapter Events and Trips   

Browns Canyon National Monument Float Trip

July 30, 31, 2016 

Join staff from the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) for an Arkansas River float trip through the newly designated Browns Canyon National Monument.  We'll put in at Ruby Mountain, and take out at the Hecla Junction Recreation Site with optional overnight camping available in Browns Canyon or at the Hecla Junction Campground.  Meet at 9:00 am at the Ruby Mountain Recreation Site on Saturday, July 30th.  Bring your own raft and/or kayak, rentals are available from local outfitters, or there is a limited amount of availability in AHRA paddleboats.  Registration is required in advance. Please utilize this link for more information or call 719-539-7289.

River Ranger Rendezvous

August 16 -18, 2016

Three Day, Green River Trip through Lodore Canyon, take-out at Spit Mountain Campground 

Dinosaur National Monument
Lodore Campground to Split Mountain Campground: Lodore Canyon
Co-sponsors: River Management Society and Dinosaur National Monument 

This is a three-day, two-night river trip in Dinosaur National Monument; topics and discussion will take place on the boats and in evening camps. Flexibility will be the watchword. Meals are provided by Don Hatch Expeditions. There will be two cooks who are responsible for food preparation and clean-up logistics. No meat alternatives are planned. Cooks will also be participants.

Shuttles are provided by River Runner Transport

Once registration has closed (July 31), details of shuttles, boats and gear will be determined.  Read on for details...


2014 Desolation and Gray Canyons

Thank yous go to Chapter President Greg Trainor for coordinating this trip with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The agency has recently announced the release of a video that provides an excellent peek into the context of managing this river with the deep commitment of private boaters who have helped maintain is wilderness quality. See the BLM video here.

2013 River (Ranger) Rendezvous 
September 12-14 

2013 RRR Program 

The 2013 River Management Society River (Ranger) Rendezvous highlighted professionals who are managing the river for recreation and the people who are protecting water for instream flow together for unique and engaging discussions and hands-on practices.   The RRR took place during a float on the upper Colorado River in Eagle County, Colorado where river recreation and water demand are growing to the point of collision.  The  schedule included a float, camp, and a unique, hands-on exercise of staking out a brand new primitive camping sites for and with officials from Eagle County, Colorado. Speakers from national organizations, river authors, and experts in water rights and open space, among others spoke to the group.
A three-day Swiftwater Rescue Technician course was offered by Rescue 3 and Dvorak Expeditions.

This event was organized by the River Management Society-Southwest Chapter, led by SW Chapter Vice President Jason Carey. Thank you, Jason and SW Chapter leaders!

2013 Southwest Chapter Spring Float

Where:  San Juan, Bluff to Mexican Hat
Trip Leader: Todd Parker, Monticello BLM
Assistants: Eddy Benally, Navaho Fish and Wildlife / USU students
Organizer: Greg Trainor, 970-245-7613;


Articles of Chapter Interest

1-18-2013  Initial restoration report on a great restoration project at Granite in the Grand Canyon. See before and after images and a conceptualization five years out.

11-19-2012 Episode I video of the post-rockfall Warm Springs Rapid

8-10-2012 Read the attached document with photos on the recent rockfall at Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. (Herm Hoops)