River Management Roundtable

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For professional river, greenway, and water trail leaders, planners and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing.

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 (some months) 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.

Upcoming Roundtables

On the River

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

Gearing Up Personally

4th Tuesday
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Code Switching, Bias

Postponed to July 13 (see below!)

June 22, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"Navigating Identity – Looking at how we define ourselves" 

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This workshop will help you gain insight into what drives your team members and understand how your motivation drives the way you interact with them, and others in your organization. The session will provide a peek into understanding diversity by articulating your and others’ identity in the context of your work environment.

July 13, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"User Capacity – Practices, Regulation, Tradeoffs"

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What does user capacity mean for your river? What and who determine ‘enough,’ ‘too many’ or ‘too busy’ relative to river activity?

If you are interested in this topic, you know how complex it is and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Join us to compare notes and learn from others whose experiences might help both your long term planning and short term tactics. We will ask, and have a few examples to address

  • How is capacity  determined?
  • How is perception of crowding evaluated?
  • What are tools use to manage usage (options include limiting access and fees of some sort)?
  • Where has river use from a capacity standpoint been managed well?
  • What are new, cool approaches to managing crowds?
July 27, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Understanding Difference - Developing an awareness of how cultural differences influence us

  Aug. 24, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Exploring Cultural Values - Comparing values to be able to begin to negotiate differences

Sep. 14, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
What ‘best practices’ have you adopted and will continue? 
Sep. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST 

Communicating Successfully – Learning and practicing to communicate in various situations 

Oct. 12, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
Again: how are we paying for new access sites? 
  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?

  Dec. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

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


Past Roundtables

Check out our past conversations on the River Training Center Video Channel!

RTC Video Channel