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 (some months) 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.

Upcoming Roundtables

On the River

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

Gearing Up Personally

4th Tuesday
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Code Switching, Bias

May 11, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"Messaging for river
users who ignore 
signs and drown"

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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. 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?

We 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. 

May 25, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"Cultural Competency Core Concepts – how cultures form, the importance of perspective switching, the nature of cultural change"

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Join us for the first in a series of workshops intended to identify and grow your ability to thrive when working with those whose perspectives differ from yours: that’s pretty much most people! This material is easy to apply to a current office mate, less easy with a brand new boss, and a stretch in an office whose team’s native language is not the same as yours!  We will prepare one exercise and have a second prepared if time permits. This, as with subsequent Cultural Competency workshops this year require no prior training, only your full attention. This session is open to all.


June 8, 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?

June 22, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
"Navigating Identity – Looking at how we define ourselves" 

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This workshop will help you gain insight into what drives your team members and understand how your motivation drives the way you interact with them, and others in your organization. The session will provide a peek into understanding diversity by articulating your and others’ identity in the context of your work environment.

  July 27, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

Understanding Difference - Developing an awareness of how cultural differences influence us

  Aug. 24, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

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

Sep. 14, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST
What ‘best practices’ have you adopted and will continue? 
Sep. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST 

Communicating Successfully – Learning and practicing to communicate in various situations 

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

  Dec. 28, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 EST

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


Past Roundtables

Check out our past conversations on the River Training Center Video Channel!

RTC Video Channel