River Management Roundtable

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For professional river, greenway, and water trail leaders, planners and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing.

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. 

These conversations are held virtually on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET. Links to register are sent out via the RMS News Digest and will be posted here as well as on our News page and social media. With questions or suggestions, please email [email protected].

Upcoming Roundtables

On the River

2nd Tuesday
River Access, Signage, Capacity, New Use, COVID-19, Funding

Gearing Up Personally

4th Tuesday
Cultural Competency, Equitable Workspaces

July 13, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"User Capacity – Practices, Regulation, Tradeoffs"

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What does user capacity mean for your river? What and who determine ‘enough,’ ‘too many’ or ‘too busy’ relative to river activity?

If you are interested in this topic, you know how complex it is and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Join us to compare notes and learn from others whose experiences might help both your long term planning and short term tactics. We will ask, and have a few examples to address

  • How is capacity  determined?
  • How is perception of crowding evaluated?
  • What are tools use to manage usage (options include limiting access and fees of some sort)?
  • Where has river use from a capacity standpoint been managed well?
  • What are new, cool approaches to managing crowds?
July 27, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Appreciating Difference  "There's a flip side to everything"

Have you experienced a time when you didn't understand or were unfamiliar with cultural rules or norms? Join us as we explore how important it is to be aware of our own cultural identity before going through a mini-simulation that provides participants with perspectives of what it is like to be a cultural outsider. Our objectives are to:
  • Increase cultural self-awareness
  • Briefly experience dissonance and discomfort
  • Gain an awareness of cultural difference 
  • Begin to develop strategies for dealing with difference
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  Aug. 24, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Exploring Cultural Values - Comparing values to be able to begin to negotiate differences

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Sep. 14, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
What ‘best practices’ have you adopted and will continue? 

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Sep. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST 

Communicating Successfully – Learning and practicing to communicate in various situations 

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Oct. 12, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
Again: how are we paying for new access sites? 

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  Nov. 23, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Does our hiring outreach, vetting, staff evaluation strive for and reward more inclusiveness and diversity? If not, where do we find that diversity lens?

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  Dec. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Building Teams – Developing trust with allies to support oneself, one’s organization

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Past Roundtables

Watch recordings of past roundtables in the River Training Center Video Channel. We typically do not publish recordings from the Gearing Up Personally sessions to facilitate a more open dialogue on what may be more sensitive topics. 

  • June 22, 2021: Navigating Identity - Looking at How We Define Ourselves
  • May 25, 2021: Boating in blue jeans? Hiking in heels?! A discussion on understanding perspectives to empower river managers
  • May 11, 2021: Messaging for River Users Who Ignore Signs and Drown
  • March 9, 2021: States and Local vs. Federal River Management / Guidance – How have they resembled each other or not? 
  • Feb. 9, 2021: Managing User Conflicts: Separation, Changed Norms or Uneasy Truce? 
  • Jan. 12, 2021 - River Access for Non-traditional River Users 
  • Dec. 8, 2020: River Safety Planning for COVID-Inspired New Use
  • Nov. 10, 2020: "Responding to the Ever-Growing Love for River Recreation" - River Access Funding, Partnerships and Grants