River Management Society

An Adventure on the Gunnison River: Southwest Chapter Trip

Article by Susan Roebuck. Photos by Stuart Schneider.

Photo by Stuart Schneider

Dawn in Montrose found us loading the truck, and soon we rumbled over to Highway 50. The destination was “Escalante Canyon Road” six miles beyond the town of Delta, Colorado. There, we left Highway 50 and took a slender, well-engineered gravel road into dry mesa-and-canyon country. Finally, we arrived at a river similar in character to the Colorado—a great and welcome contrast to the dry territory through which we had just passed. Of course, we knew the river would be there, we didn’t discover it, but it was fun to think about what it would be like to come across such a river in this desert country. Standing on the banks of the Gunnison were Stuart, John, and Zeke to greet us, and our party of six was complete.


Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series begins January 2021

WSR Webinar Series

The RMS River Training Center is hosting a Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series beginning in January 2021. We will explore Wild and Scenic River management topics through a six-part, live webinar series where attendees can ask questions to and hear unique perspectives from experienced WSR managers with extensive knowledge to share. Join us for any or all of the webinars! 

View, download and share the flyer below! Register for each webinar using the links in the flyer. Please email [email protected] for more information!

Learning Credits

We are excited to partner with American Trails to offer learning credits to attendees for this webinar. Learning credits are a separate $15 fee from the registration and can be purchased here

In order to receive these credits for distance learning, attendees must complete a quiz and fill out an evaluation survey for the webinar they attend. Attendees will receive an email from American Trails with these details following the webinar. A certificate will be emailed to attendees requesting learning credits within 21 days following the conference


Nov. 10: Responding to the Ever-Growing Love for River Recreation 

(Virtual Discussion: 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET) Invitation from the State River Program Managers Working Group – All River Professionals are Welcome!

River managers experienced unprecedented levels of river use in 2020 as the weather warmed and most traditional avenues of entertainment were not available.  While nearly all organization and agency systems were stressed beyond any recent years, a new (as of January 2020) waterway fee enabled the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to both support its operational needs and award over $400,000 in grants, including those supporting creative and innovative local projects that promote safe boating and educational programs.


RMS student member partners with Adventure Scientists to test water quality on Wild and Scenic Chattooga River

Kara Campbell

Photo by Jack Henderson. Sierra Nevada University senior Kara Campbell test water quality at Earls Ford, one of six sites along the federally protected Chattooga River included in Adventure Scientists’ (AS) new project focused on tracking and improving water quality in the National Wild & Scenic River (WSR) system.

Kara Campbell has always dreamed of being a hydrologist. She is currently a senior studying Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Sierra Nevada University. Because her school has transitioned to an online platform, she decided to take her learning on the road to the southeast where she could learn virtually, paddle new rivers and complete volunteer work.


Nov. 4: Toward Better Bank Protection Workshop (For Wild and Scenic and Other Rivers)

River Bank

The ‘Toward Better Bank Protection’ workshop will introduce participants to alternative streambank stabilization methods that are cheaper, easier-to-permit, more effective, and more durable than traditional solutions. Attendees will gain insight into why alternatives that complement natural river processes better protect private property and man-made infrastructure while also benefitting river values such as aquatic habitat and water quality. This course is provided at no cost for RMS members, and is $25 for non-members.

Register here

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