2021 River Management Symposium:
From Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals

April 12-15, 2021 2021 RMS Symposium From Metro Canals to Mountain Creeks

Presented by the River Management Society, in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia State Scenic Rivers Program.

RMS welcomes you as a river manager, scientist, planner, legal expert, student, professor or river conservation and recreation advocate to brush up your skills as you grow your network!  Richmond, Virginia (RVA) is our host city, blossoming amidst the excitement of a resurgent James River. Having suffered decades of untold levels of misuse, the James is redefining the City as its environmental, economic and cultural centerpiece. You will delight in the virtual discovery of RVA's vibrant businesses, innovative programs and exciting events held against a backdrop of our nation's founding history and the majestic James.

This virtual event will take place April 12 - 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Pre-symposium workshops will be held April 12. 

Our presentations each address one of the following themes: Visual Resource Management, Partnership & Community, Technical Tools, Urban Rivers, Rural Rivers, Water Trails, Policy & Practice. We have incredible plenary speakers, more than 60 presenters, virtual field trips, and a silent auction for you to look forward to!
Draft Program

 Watch the Recorded Presentations

Each presentation in our 2021 Symposium was recorded and may be viewed in our River Training Channel, categorized by track.

Visit the 2021 Symposium Video Channel

Thank you 2021 Sponsors and Partners!

USDA Forest Service Virginia Commonwealth University VA Department of Conservation and Recreation Bureau of Land Management
Virginia Scenic Rivers Program Virginia Association of Landscape Architects Visit Richmond  
Jack's Plastic Welding Liquid Logic Down River Equipment  Emriver
OARS River Maps Selway Fabrication Fireside Outdoor
James River Association  Confluence Research and Consulting  Piedmont Environmental Council  Terrain 360
Sustaining Landscapes   Werner Paddles National Park Service NE Chapter Logo AK Chapter Logo

2020 Symposium Events Online!

While the in-person 2020 River Management Symposium was rescheduled for April 12-15, 2021, these special events took place in 2020 to support current and future river professionals. 

Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals  – Student Research Symposium
Rivers in Your State: Open, Closed or In-Between?

Mountain Creeks Metro Canals