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River Management Society

What makes a boating access work (or not)?

New report highlights 269 good, bad and unusual examples

This purpose-built kayak ramp at Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch in South Carolina provides staging room for several boats, leaving the small dock (with launch assist mechanism) free for active launches.

Confluence Research and Consulting has released a report highlighting examples of 269 boat launches from a wide range of locations, geographic settings, amounts and kinds of use, and types of facilities. “The Good, the Bad and the Unusual: What Makes a Boating Access Work (or Not)?” is the first of its kind and the first iteration of a national river access database.

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COVID brought the masses outdoors, whose education, awareness and need for rescue got our attention. So what's the plan for safety on your river in 2021?

Tubing the Comal River, photo by the City of New Braunfels, TX.

Unprecedented river traffic in 2020 was accompanied by new needs for safety and rescue, calls for signage and public education. What will you take to your river planning for 2021? Share, tell and learn how other river managers are planning for an as yet COVID-19 influenced season.

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Give it up for RMS!

Photo by James Vonesh: VCU Students

RMS is here for you and your river. Now we are asking you, if you are able, to support RMS during this giving season.

In a year filled with uncertainty, the River Management Society was your rock! When the COVID-19 pandemic closed rivers and put outfitters' businesses at risk, RMS was the only organization providing a nationwide conversation about how to manage safely through the closures, then safely reopen river accesses and facilities safely.

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2021 RMS awards nominations due Jan. 30

James Vonesh receives Outstanding Contribution to RMS Award in 2020.

The COVID Pandemic has presented new challenges for river managers, and you have risen to the challenge. Please recognize those who have made significant contributions to the art and science of river management and those who best exemplify the spirit and purpose of the organization. Since 1998 we have given annual RMS awards to deserving individuals. In 2000 the Frank Church Wild and Scenic Rivers Award was added by RMS' Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council partners.

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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.

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