Messaging for river users who ignore signs and drown

River Management Roundtable
May 11, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Do you love your river safety signage? Do you use web-based messaging to report current conditions or new hazards? Join us for a no-host discussion about signage being used to both share best practices and advise river users about risks on and around rivers.

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 Bring examples of great and not-great

  • Website content
  • Social media outreach
  • On-site signage
  • Interpretive staff training and messaging
  • Emergency / accident protocol: who answers the 911 call?

Charlie WalbridgeWe are excited to be joined by Charlie Walbridge, a nationally-known whitewater safety expert with 45 years of river running experience. He is a well-known writer on whitewater safety issues and has written books and magazine articles on the subject. He’s served as an expert witness in many wrongful death cases and is quoted often in newspapers and magazines. Charlie has been active in both the American Canoe Association (ACA) and American Whitewater (AW). He held the position of Safety Chairman for both organizations and now serves on the AW Board of Directors.  As a member of the ACA Instruction Committee he helped develop programs in whitewater canoeing and swiftwater rescue. He is a swiftwater rescue instructor-trainer-educator and trains students and instructors. He has paddled rivers throughout the US and Canada,  made several first descents,  was an A-ranked C-1 slalom and wildwater racer in the mid-70’s and worked part-time as a river guide until the mid-eighties. He has collected and published reports of U.S. whitewater fatalities for over 30 years.

About RMS River Management Roundtables

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.