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River Management Symposium

Every other year, the River Management Society hosts an international training on topics related to river management and planning. They provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the vetting of policies and strategies concerning river management, and encourage the formation of networks and partnerships among a broad range of river professionals. Proceedings and other RMS publications are available to members and other participants.


2021 River Management Symposium 

Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals (Rescheduled to May 18-21, 2021)

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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Virginia's Scenic Rivers Program

Presented by the River Management Society, in partnership with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia Commonwealth University.

RMS welcomes you as a river manager, scientist, planner, legal expert or river conservation and recreation advocate!  Brush up skills as you grow your network of outdoor resource students and professionals.  Richmond, Virginia (RVA) is our host city, on and around the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and blossoming amidst the excitement of a resurgent James River.  Providing power for iron works and a thoroughfare for commerce; suffering decades of untold levels of misuse as the regions dumping vessel; the James is redefining the City as its environmental,economic and cultural centerpiece.  You will delight in the discovery of RVA's vibrant businesses, innovative programs and exciting events held against a backdrop of our nation's founding history and the river.

Registration fees 

Mountain Creeks Metro Canals
These full week prices include continental breakfast Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Tuesday lunch and opening poster reception; Wednesday box lunch and movie night; and Thursday closing dinner. There is an extra fee for a few select river/field training workshops Wednesday.
Early registration, through March 31, 2020
  • Members - $375
  • Non-members - $475
Regular registration, after March 31, 2020
  • Members - $475
  • Non-members - $575
Students - all week - $250
One Day - $225
Social (meals, no programs or river/field trips) - $150

2020 Symposium Events Online!

While the in-person 2020  River Management Symposium is rescheduled for May 18-21, 2021, these special events took place to support current and future river professionals. 


Partners & Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2021 River Management Symposium is possible only through the efforts of many.We thank our partners and sponsors for their in-kind and financial support! Support us as a 2021 Symposium Sponsor

USFS logo Virginia is for Lovers Bureau of Land Management 50th Anniversary - Virginia Scenic Rivers Program
Virginia Commonwealth University Environmental Sciences Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Piedmont Environmental Council logo ASLA logo
Down River Confluence Research James River  
  LiquidLogic Trutta  


 Past RMS Symposiums