River Management Society

Give it up for RMS!

Photo by James Vonesh: VCU Students

RMS is here for you and your river. Now we are asking you, if you are able, to support RMS during this giving season.

In a year filled with uncertainty, the River Management Society was a rock.

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed rivers and put outfitters businesses at risk, the River Management Society was the only organization providing a nation-wide conversation about how to manage safely through the closures, then safely reopen river accesses and facilities safely.


An Adventure on the Gunnison River: Southwest Chapter Trip

Article by Susan Roebuck. Photos by Stuart Schneider.

Photo by Stuart Schneider

Dawn in Montrose found us loading the truck, and soon we rumbled over to Highway 50. The destination was “Escalante Canyon Road” six miles beyond the town of Delta, Colorado. There, we left Highway 50 and took a slender, well-engineered gravel road into dry mesa-and-canyon country. Finally, we arrived at a river similar in character to the Colorado—a great and welcome contrast to the dry territory through which we had just passed. Of course, we knew the river would be there, we didn’t discover it, but it was fun to think about what it would be like to come across such a river in this desert country. Standing on the banks of the Gunnison were Stuart, John, and Zeke to greet us, and our party of six was complete.


Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series begins January 2021

WSR Webinar Series

The RMS River Training Center is hosting a Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series beginning in January 2021. We will explore Wild and Scenic River management topics through a six-part, live webinar series where attendees can ask questions to and hear unique perspectives from experienced WSR managers with extensive knowledge to share. Join us for any or all of the webinars! 

View, download and share the flyer below! Register for each webinar using the links in the flyer. Please email [email protected] for more information!


Nov. 10: Responding to the Ever-Growing Love for River Recreation 

(Virtual Discussion: 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET) Invitation from the State River Program Managers Working Group – All River Professionals are Welcome!

River managers experienced unprecedented levels of river use in 2020 as the weather warmed and most traditional avenues of entertainment were not available.  While nearly all organization and agency systems were stressed beyond any recent years, a new (as of January 2020) waterway fee enabled the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to both support its operational needs and award over $400,000 in grants, including those supporting creative and innovative local projects that promote safe boating and educational programs.


RMS student member partners with Adventure Scientists to test water quality on Wild and Scenic Chattooga River

Kara Campbell

Photo by Jack Henderson. Sierra Nevada University senior Kara Campbell test water quality at Earls Ford, one of six sites along the federally protected Chattooga River included in Adventure Scientists’ (AS) new project focused on tracking and improving water quality in the National Wild & Scenic River (WSR) system.

Kara Campbell has always dreamed of being a hydrologist. She is currently a senior studying Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Sierra Nevada University. Because her school has transitioned to an online platform, she decided to take her learning on the road to the southeast where she could learn virtually, paddle new rivers and complete volunteer work.

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