The River Management Society Library maintains a variety of river-related reference materials, and we encourage you to take period walks through the aisles when you are looking for solutions to river management questions that may have been addressed by others. 

Recreation Management

Hydropower ProjectsThese summaries distill lengthy (150 - 200+ pages) license information into the key aspects of hydropower plant operations. Learn quickly and easily when the license was approved and its term, the process stakeholders and commitments in the license related to public use and enjoyment of rivers whose flow and access is affected by hydropower production at specific sites. RMS and the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) completed the summaries with support from the Arches Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, and Charles Mott Foundation.

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Additional Resources

River Safety, Hazard Reduction Planning Tools

Drowning Machines is a paper published in the National Academy of Sciences that provides a technical treatment of the public safety hazard present at low head dams.

River Talk: Conservation Principles and Practical Examples to Support River-Based Interpretive Programs for Outfitters and Guides

This is a handbook resulting from a workshop conducted at the 1996 America Outdoors annual meeting, and as valuable as ever, today.  Whether you are an outfitter, guide or river manager, you will see the great vision that is still shared by river outfitters, and the wisdom they share with knowledgeable river managers.

Invasive Species Management: Aquatic Invasive Nuisance Species

  • New York State iMap

  • Clean-Drain-Dry Video for Paddlers - this link brings you to a page the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed as a paddler resource regarding AI spread prevention.

National Park Service Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. This national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Contact RTCA to help get your conservation and outdoor recreation ideas on the ground.

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RMS Member Benefits

Quarterly - The print version of the RMS Journal is mailed to members

Every Day - In RMS "Stacks"

Archives and other materials available to members exclusively include:

Members are invited to share articles, white papers, other publications, and links related to topics of interest to river management professionals.