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
Talking Trash: Approaches to intercept and remove ocean-bound plastic and debris

Nov. 8, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This session will discuss programs offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to prevent, remove, and research ocean-bound trash in U.S. rivers. The presentation will provide an overview of the latest research related to rivers and reservoirs for plastic debris, as well as rivers as key sources for ocean marine debris. NOAA will showcase funded projects in rivers to tackle this persistent source of pollution and some of the challenges, solutions, and funding opportunities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight a collaborative project with NOAA that removed man-made debris from the Pearl River (boundary of Louisiana and Mississippi) that restored hydrologic functions to the river and provided fish passage to the endangered Gulf Sturgeon and other anadromous species, among other benefits. We’ll welcome input from participants who can share experiences on trash in rivers and effective removal and interception techniques to address this global problem. Our presenters are MaryLee Houghwout, NOAA, and Glenn Constant, USFWS.

The African American Heritage Water Trail: Connecting Communities to the Little Calumet River

Nov. 22, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Laura Barghusen, and Lillian Holden of Openlands will discuss the African American Heritage Water Trail on the Little Calumet River and Cal-Sag Channel between Beaubien Woods on Chicago’s south side, to the Village of Robbins.  The trail flows through 180 years of African American History—sites and figures whose impact remains with us today. The water trail engages communities and connects them to the river by elevating and honoring this history.



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. 

  • Oct. 25, 2022: "We are here for you." Removing barriers to outdoor life experiences
  • Oct. 11, 2022: What Does ADA for River Access Really Mean?
  • Sep. 27, 2022: Increasing the Relevancy of Rivers to Diverse Visitors: Adaptations for how we communicate
  • Sep. 13, 2022: The State of Adaptive Paddling: a Veteran Equipment Designer’s Perspective
  • 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