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The River Management Society’s River Training Center (RTC), established in 2018, supports the effective management and stewardship of North American rivers by providing training for professionals and volunteers who study, protect, and manage them.

Online and in-person training workshops on various river-related topics are targeted towards river managers, river advocates and businesses who conduct work projects in or around rivers.

The RTC also has a special emphasis on Wild and Scenic River (WSR) management for both agency and public audiences. 

Courses are scheduled by contract on an ongoing basis. Open enrollment training opportunities and other training related information can be found below and on the RMS calendar or at the RMS River Training Center Facebook page.    

To schedule a course for your agency unit or organization, please contact:

Angie Fuhrmann
RMS River Training Center Coordinator
[email protected]

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Click here to download the RTC One-pager. 


2022 Training Opportunities

11/8 River Management Roundtable: Talking trash: Approaches to intercept and remove ocean-bound plastic and debris

This session will discuss programs offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to prevent, remove, and research ocean-bound trash in U.S. rivers. The presentation will provide an overview of the latest research related to rivers and reservoirs for plastic debris, as well as rivers as key sources for ocean marine debris. NOAA will showcase funded projects in rivers to tackle this persistent source of pollution and some of the challenges, solutions, and funding opportunities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight a collaborative project with NOAA that removed man-made debris from the Pearl River (boundary of Louisiana and Mississippi) that restored hydrologic functions to the river and provided fish passage to the endangered Gulf Sturgeon and other anadromous species, among other benefits. We’ll welcome input from participants who can share experiences on trash in rivers and effective removal and interception techniques to address this global problem.
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11/22 River Management Roundtable: The African American Heritage Water Trail: Connecting Communities to the Little Calumet River

Laura Barghusen, and Lillian Holden of Openlands will discuss the African American Heritage Water Trail on the Little Calumet River and Cal-Sag Channel between Beaubien Woods on Chicago’s south side, to the Village of Robbins. The trail flows through 180 years of African American History—sites and figures whose impact remains with us today. The water trail engages communities and connects them to the river by elevating and honoring this history.
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11/30 Career Prep Discussion Series 4 of 4: Stand Out to Hiring Managers

What is your unique set of talents that may be a great match for the employer’s needs? What are the norms in the hiring process for non-profits vs. the federal government? In this session, learn from hiring managers how to leverage your skills and highlight your experience to stand out from the crowd when applying for entry-level positions.
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To provide timely and effective training materials, programs and opportunities that improve the quality, consistency and capacity of river management.


  1. To be a valued contributor to advancing the River Management Society mission.
  2. To ensure river management professionals, their organizations and partners have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage river resources.
  3. To ensure a diverse pool of students and transitional professionals are aware of and well prepared for success in careers that support and advance river management.
  4. To ensure the River Training Center brand is recognized and trusted by river managers, administrators and partners for its value in advancing professional river management practice and effectiveness.