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State River Programs Working Group

“Professional river, greenway, and watertrail leaders, planners and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing.”  

Photo by Gary Valentine: Adirondacks

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 Tuesday of the month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET. Links are sent out via the RMS News Digest and will be posted here as well as on our News page and social media.

2020 Conversation Topics

2021 Conversation Topics

  • Jan. 2021 - River Access for Non-traditional River Users
  • Feb. 2021: Use Conflicts and Capacity – Practices, Regulation, Tradeoffs
  • March 2021: States and Local vs. Federal River Management / Guidance – How have they resembled each other or not?
  • April 2021: Core Concepts – how cultures form, the importance of perspective switching, the nature of cultural change
  • May 2021:  Understanding Differences – Developing an awareness of how cultural differences influence us.
  • June 2021: Exploring Cultural Values – Comparing values to be able to begin to negotiate differences
  • July 2021: Navigating Identity – Looking at how we define ourselves
  • Aug. 2021 Managing Cultural Transitions – To help people move across cultures, to prepare for transitions
  • Sep. 2021: What Have We Learned This Year (October 2021)?
  • Oct. 2021: Communicating Successfully – Learning and practicing to communicate in various situations