River Management Roundtable

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Each month, the River Management Society hosts virtual conversations with professional river, greenway, and water trails leaders, planners, and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing. Our goal is to facilitate an open forum to support your work managing rivers. We work together to tackle common issues by asking questions, sharing solutions and building comradery. 

These conversations are held virtually on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET. Links to register are sent out via the RMS News Digest and will be posted here as well as on our News page and social media. With questions or suggestions, please email [email protected].

Upcoming Roundtables

On the River

2nd Tuesday
River Access, Signage, Capacity, New Use, COVID-19, Funding

Workplace Culture

4th Tuesday
Cultural Competency, Equitable Workspaces


**MONDAY** Sep. 27, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST 

Communicating Successfully - Practicing in Different or Unfamiliar Situations 

This is another in the River Management Roundtable Workplace Culture series intended to help us understand our natures and how we communicate amidst a variety of cultures. The more we understand how we all interface, the more effective we will be as colleagues and as a community of river managers. Are you a good listener (how do you know)?  What do you communicate without saying a word?  Do you code switch? Do you see others code switching around you? We’ll discuss how this common practice is used, how it serves us and those in our personal and professional spaces, and how we respond when we see others code switching.

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 TBD Nov. 23, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Does our hiring outreach, vetting, staff evaluation strive for and reward more inclusiveness and diversity? If not, where do we find that diversity lens?

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TBD  Dec. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Building Teams – Developing trust with allies to support oneself, one’s organization

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Past Roundtables

Watch recordings of past roundtables in the River Training Center Video Channel. We typically do not publish recordings from the Workplace Culture sessions to facilitate a more open dialogue on what may be more sensitive topics. 

  • Sep. 14, 2021: New Best Practices
  • Aug. 24, 2021: Exploring Cultural Values - The 5 Elements of Change
  • July 27, 2021: Appreciating Differences - There's a Flip Side to Everything
  • July 13, 2021: User Capacity - Practices, Regulations, Tradeoffs
  • June 22, 2021: Navigating Identity - Looking at How We Define Ourselves
  • May 25, 2021: Boating in blue jeans? Hiking in heels?! A discussion on understanding perspectives to empower river managers
  • May 11, 2021: Messaging for River Users Who Ignore Signs and Drown
  • March 9, 2021: States and Local vs. Federal River Management / Guidance – How have they resembled each other or not? 
  • Feb. 9, 2021: Managing User Conflicts: Separation, Changed Norms or Uneasy Truce? 
  • Jan. 12, 2021 - River Access for Non-traditional River Users 
  • Dec. 8, 2020: River Safety Planning for COVID-Inspired New Use
  • Nov. 10, 2020: "Responding to the Ever-Growing Love for River Recreation" - River Access Funding, Partnerships and Grants