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Roundtable: What does ADA for River Access really mean?
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 3:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST
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What does ADA for River Access really mean?

River Management Roundtable - On the River
Oct. 11 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

What does ADA for River Access really mean?
What do you mean there is no ADA Guidance for River Access?
What? There’s no such thing as ADA for River Access?

Join us for an illuminating and practical discussion about ADA requirements for public spaces and a very common misconception about ‘ADA for river access design’: there is none! We will review what ADA DOES cover at a river launch environment vs. where you as a designer need to apply your familiarity with the tenets of Universal Design and understanding of your non-motorized craft-carrying visitors.


John Anderson

John Anderson, R.A. is an architect and former whitewater slalom competitor turned whitewater designer. John has specialized in river recreation since 1991 and has worked on dam removals river restorations, competitive whitewater venues, fish passage and boat passage projects. Several of his projects have included hand carry boat launches and commercial raft launches.

Duncan Hay

Duncan Hay is a lifelong paddler who now works as a hydropower licensing specialist with the Northeast Region of the National Park Service and as historian with Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. He was project manager in developing hand-launch guidelines for New York's canals (2021), a contributor to the New York State Canalway Water Trail Guidebook (2019), and author of the National Historic Landmark nomination for the 450-mile Canal System (2016).


River Management Roundtables are open to both RMS members and non-members. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required! We share recordings from our Roundtables, so even if you can't make it, you can register to receive the recording and links. You can access this recording as well as dozens of previous Roundtables, webinars and workshops in our River Training Channel.


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.