River Management Roundtables

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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.

Suggest a topic or become a presenter!

We invite suggestions for topics that are relevant on your river and in the broader river management community. If you'd like to suggest a topic or are interested in presenting, pelase reach out to Angie Fuhrmann at [email protected].

Upcoming Roundtables

On the River

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

Workplace Culture

4th Tuesday
Cultural Competency, Equitable Workspaces
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Forecasting and Planning: Information and Techniques for Addressing Multiple Management Objectives and Variable Conditions
May 10, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)'s Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Division operates three storage reservoirs on the Tuolumne River system in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California. The primary water storage reservoir is Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides approximately 85% of the SFPUC annual water supply. Management objectives include: 1) meeting minimum environmental release standards, 2) safe operation of the dam and reservoir, 3) satisfying year-round water delivery demands, 4) producing power generation with excess available water and 5) scheduling valve releases to mitigate environmental impacts downstream on the Tuolumne River. Although these objectives can sometimes be at odds with one another, forecasting and planning techniques can be leveraged to optimally manage natural inflows. Forecasting and planning occurs on various time scales, ranging from daily to seasonally, with the frequency of updates sometimes dependent on changing weather regimes. This talk will provide an overview of the reservoir system and will focus on techniques and strategies that the SFPUC uses for management of variable river runoff in a mountain watershed. Our presenter is Reggie Walters, Water Operations Analyst with Hetch Hetchy Water & Power, division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

All‐Forward: Sexual Harassment in the 
Whitewater Rafting Industry

May 26, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:50 p.m. ET

This week, we encourage you to attend a presentation at the National Wilderness Skills Institute with Dr. Maria Blevins, Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Utah Valley University.

Session Description: The whitewater rafting industry offers many unique aspects in the job, including blurred lines between work and personal time, a hierarchy of seniority, the prevalence of alcohol, customer service orientation, isolated environments, and young workforces. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission outlines that these traits can foster work environments where sexual harassment is prevalent. This session will outline a multi-year qualitative research project looking at the working environment in the whitewater rafting industry and how it might become more inclusive.

Let's Celebrate Latino Conservation Week

June 28, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:50 p.m. ET

Latino Conservation Week (LCW) is a great opportunity for folks looking to learn from and engage the Latino community with our waterways. This annual celebration provides a network of events and communication tools for all who are interested in participating or hosting their own event. During this week, community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies hold events throughout the country. From hiking and camping to community roundtables and film screenings, these activities promote conservation efforts in their community, and provide an opportunity for Latinos to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air.
The goals for LCW are:

  1. Provide Latino families and youth with outdoor recreation opportunities near their homes.
  2. Demonstrate the Latino community's commitment to conservation.
  3. Partner with Hispanic community leaders and organizations to support local and national conservation issues.
  4. Inform policymakers, media and the public of the Latino community's views on important local and national conservation issues.

In this River Management Roundtable, Hispanic Access Foundation alumna, Tangy Ekasi-Otu will share some insight on her experience hosting and assisting with LCW events and highlight the variety of ways you can get involved.



Past Roundtables

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

  • April 26, 2022: Intergenerational Workgroups: Vive La Difference!
  • April 12, 2022: What Does Waterway Management Mean, and Why Is It So Complex?
  • March 22, 2022: Fostering Respect for Indigenous Cultural River Uses: Acknowledgement & Reciprocity in Action
  • March 1, 2022: A Final Step Looms for the Largest-Ever Dam Removal
  • Feb. 22, 2022: Land Acknowledgements: Purpose, Practices, and Perspectives
  • Feb. 8, 2022: Water trail maps: what makes them great, and how yours could be better!
  • Jan. 25, 2022: Building Teams – Adding expected awareness to technical skills in your workplace environment
  • Dec. 14, 2021: Paying for Human-Powered River Access: the Debate Continues 
  • Nov. 23, 2021: Want to end sexual harassment on rivers? Begin with river professionals. 
  • Sep. 27, 2021: Communicating Successfully - Practicing in different or unfamiliar situations
  • Sep. 14, 2021: New Best Practices
  • Aug. 24, 2021: Exploring Cultural Values - The 5 Elements of Change
  • July 27, 2021: Appreciating Differences - There's a Flip Side to Everything
  • July 13, 2021: User Capacity - Practices, Regulations, Tradeoffs
  • 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