River Management Roundtables

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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.

Suggest a topic or present!

We invite suggestions for topics that are relevant on your river and in the broader river management community. If you'd like to suggest a topic or are interested in presenting, pelase reach out to Angie Fuhrmann at [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
 The State of Adaptive Paddling: a Veteran Equipment Designer’s Perspective

Sep. 13, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Paddling offers lifelong opportunities for fun and fitness by all regardless of ability. Poor or unskilled management can invite headaches, and worse. To welcome the public and support individuals' use, river and park managers should take time to learn, share and train staff to know a safe system when they see one, and if it is not, what they can do to lower risk and elevate enjoyment. These factors become more important when welcoming differently-abled paddlers. Learn about adaptive paddling needs that can be accommodated with smart equipment modifications and the basic access elements (that are NOT ADA requirements) that managers should plan to offer or improve. From specially-tailored outfitting to launch site assistance devices and docks positioned to serve the disabled, we will touch on topics that are important to waterside access managers. Our presenter is Kevin Carr, founder of Creating Ability.

Increasing the Relevancy of Rivers to Diverse Visitors: Adaptations for how we communicate

Sep. 27, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

During and after the pandemic, rivers and surrounding wildlands are seeing sustained increases in the numbers and types of visitors, and as a conservation movement we continue to struggle to be relevant to an increasingly diverse America. Adaptations to how we communicate with diverse visitors—through conversations at boat ramps or on the trail, signage, website information, etc.—are needed to ensure all visitors feel welcome on our rivers. Through interactive exercises that promote self-reflection and self-discovery, participants in this session will explore inclusivity and exclusivity in how we communicate to visitors and potential visitors. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to adapt their future communications and visitor contacts and a list of resources to continue learning. Our presenter is Lisa Ronald with the Wild and Scenic Coalition and Wilderness Institute.



Past Roundtables

Watch recordings of past roundtables in the River Training 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. 

  • August 23, 2022: From the Mouths of Moms: Balancing Riverwork vs. Homework
  • August 9, 2022: The Inadvertent "Trashing" of River Experiences
  • July 26, 2022: History of racism and the effect on black participation rates in water-based outdoor recreation
  • July 12, 2022: Must-have River Management Resources for 2022
  • June 28, 2022: Get Involved with Latino Conservation Week
  • May 26, 2022: All‐Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Whitewater Rafting Industry
  • May 10, 2022: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Forecasting and Planning: Information and Techniques for Addressing Multiple Management Objectives and Variable Conditions
  • April 26, 2022: Intergenerational Workgroups: Vive La Difference!
  • April 12, 2022: What Does Waterway Management Mean, and Why Is It So Complex?
  • March 22, 2022: Fostering Respect for Indigenous Cultural River Uses: Acknowledgement & Reciprocity in Action
  • March 1, 2022: A Final Step Looms for the Largest-Ever Dam Removal
  • Feb. 22, 2022: Land Acknowledgements: Purpose, Practices, and Perspectives
  • Feb. 8, 2022: Water trail maps: what makes them great, and how yours could be better!
  • Jan. 25, 2022: Building Teams – Adding expected awareness to technical skills in your workplace environment
  • Dec. 14, 2021: Paying for Human-Powered River Access: the Debate Continues 
  • 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