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




Full Symposium

RMS Members $279
Non-Members $309
Students $99

Members save $30 on registration (equal to cost of Associate level membership -- join RMS today and save!)

Access to event's mobile app and web page with full schedule, ability to save sessions to personal schedule, presenters' bios and photos, posters and more!

1 Day $99
Access to event's mobile app and web page with your one-day schedule ONLY, presenters' bios and photos, posters and more!  
1 Session $49
Access to your session only.  


Accessing the Virtual Event

Thanks to all those who have registered for Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals, the 2021 River Management Symposium! Registration will close Saturday, April 10 at 5 p.m. EDT if you would still like to register! As you know, the event is virtual this year, so we wanted to make sure you understand how attendees will be accessing the program. Our schedule (including Zoom links) and all information related to the event (auction link, presenter and sponsor information, course credit info and more!) is hosted online and and via a mobile app called Guidebook, and sessions will take place in Zoom. When and how you access the event depends on how you registered: 
  • Full Event Attendees: You should have received an email invitation from [email protected] If you have not received this, please check your Spam/Junk folders or search your email for this address. If you just registered within the last day, please keep an eye out for this email! We will be resending invites to folks who have not yet logged in. If you experience issues logging in, please email [email protected]
  • One Day Attendees: You will receive the same invite as full event attendees, but it will arrive in your inbox the night before your scheduled day.
  • One Session Attendees: You will not receive an invitation to Guidebook. Instead, we will send you the Zoom link for your session. If you have not let us know which session you plan to attend, please email the name of the session as well as date and time to [email protected] You can check session dates and times in the draft program on the Symposium web page

Course Credits

DOI Talent

Employees of the Department of the Interior can register and record the following sessions on their training records using the following information. (Symposium registration is also required.)

  • WSR 101 - An Introduction to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Course # NPS-NRS1801 Register here
  • Scenic River designation process for Virginia: An exercise in community efforts Course # NPS-NRS1803 Register here
  • Visual Resource Management & Partnership Building Course # NPS-NRS1804 Register Here
  • CANCELLED: GIS/Drone Mapping Course # NPS-NRS1802

American Trails Distance Learning Credits

We are excited to partner with American Trails to offer learning credits to attendees for nearly every sessions! Learning credits are an additional $15 fee.
American Trails is an approved provider for the American Planning Association (APA) and can offer Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, as well as Professional Development Hours (PDH). Sessions are also eligible for CEU equivalency petition for park professionals with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and other acceptable organizations.
In order to receive these credits, attendees must fill out a quiz and an evaluation survey for each session they attend and submit it to [email protected] A certificate will be emailed to attendees requesting learning credits within 21 days following the conference.
To register: Please take a look at the Learning Credits Tracking Form, which lists each session and corresponding credits. This explains which credits are available for each session. To register, please visit the American Trails Store online, select "Continuing Education Credits" and select the type of credit and quantity you would like to purchase ($15 each). At this point, it is not necessary to know exactly which courses you plan to attend since you will just provide a quantity at checkout. 
Please note that in order to receive credit for one 20-minute session, you must attend the full hour of presentations it is grouped with, but you only need to pay $15 for the entire hour. You cannot receive credit for a 20-min session alone. Please keep this in mind if you are not registering for the full Symposium and are instead registering for only one day or one session. 
Please DO NOT register for LA CES credits with American Trails!! (See below)


Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

Twenty-two sessions have been approved for Landscape Architecture and Continuing Education System (LA CES) credits! There is no registration fee for these credits. View a complete list of approved sessions here, and please refer to the Draft Program link above for presenter names and details.
To register: Complete this registration form to let us know which courses you would like credit for, and be sure you've registered for the Symposium. You may register for the full event, one day or one session using the registration form at the top of this web page. Following these sessions, we will send you a quiz and evaluation for each session you've selected. If you are unsure which courses you may want LA CES credits for, please select any that interest you.


Connections are more important than ever before.
Consider supporting us and attending as a Symposium sponsor!

Technology is opening new avenues for learning and sharing at our virtual event! The redesigned 2021 River Management Symposium format offers more opportunities to share your organization's success stories and connect with new professional peers and partners than at any past symposium or conference. We invite you to explore all of these options as an event sponsor or by donating to our silent auction. More information about both is included in the Sponsorship Program below. Check it out today and email any questions to RMS!
2021 Sponsorship Program


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 is rescheduled for April 12-15, 2021, these special events took place 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