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

Dec. 14, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET 
Human-powered River Access: the Debate Continues 

This month, we will learn about a recent study in Tennessee that addresses an interest to pay for new and refurbished access and other boating infrastructure with fees collected from paddlesports outfitters. This is one of the most recent reviews of state-based discussions and is likely similar to those taking place in your state, too. Specifics vary but the fundamental questions remain:

Who pays?
What is the basis for fees?
Who administers?
Who benefits?
What are the risks of overtaxing outfitters vs. the public? 

Join us as we host David Brown, Tennessee Paddlesports Association Executive Director and former E.D. of America Outdoors Association, as we discuss the growing need to fund human powered Paddlesports infrastructure across the country.

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Dec. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 ET

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 We typically do not publish recordings from the Workplace Culture sessions to facilitate a more open dialogue on what may be more sensitive topics. 

  • Nov. 23, 2021: Want to end sexual harassment on rivers? Begin with river professionals. 
  • Sep. 27, 2021: Communicating Successfully - Practicing in different or unfamiliar situations
  • 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