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 present!

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
 What does ADA for River Access really mean?

Oct. 11, 2022  |  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

What does ADA for River Access really mean?
What do you mean there is no ADA Guidance for River Access?
What? There’s no such thing as ADA for River Access?

Join us for an illuminating and practical discussion about ADA requirements for public spaces and a very common misconception about ‘ADA for river access design’: there is none! We will review what ADA DOES cover at a river launch environment vs. where you as a designer need to apply your familiarity with the tenets of Universal Design and understanding of your non-motorized craft-carrying visitors. Our presenters are Architect John Anderson and NPS Hydropower Licensing and historian Specialist Duncan Hay.



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 We typically do not publish recordings from the Workplace Culture sessions to facilitate a more open dialogue on what may be more sensitive topics. 

  • Sep. 27, 2022: Increasing the Relevancy of Rivers to Diverse Visitors: Adaptations for how we communicate
  • Sep. The State of Adaptive Paddling: a Veteran Equipment Designer’s Perspective
  • August 23, 2022: From the Mouths of Moms: Balancing Riverwork vs. Homework
  • August 9, 2022: The Inadvertent "Trashing" of River Experiences
  • July 26, 2022: History of racism and the effect on black participation rates in water-based outdoor recreation
  • July 12, 2022: Must-have River Management Resources for 2022
  • June 28, 2022: Get Involved with Latino Conservation Week
  • May 26, 2022: All‐Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Whitewater Rafting Industry
  • May 10, 2022: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Forecasting and Planning: Information and Techniques for Addressing Multiple Management Objectives and Variable Conditions
  • 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