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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - River Management Symposium

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Call for presentations - River Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals - River Management Symposium May 12-15, 2020

presented by:
The River Management Society. in partnership with
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia Commonwealth University

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Virginia's Scenic Rivers Program

RMS welcomes you as a river manager, scientist, planner, legal expert or river conservation and recreation advocate! Brush up skills as you grow your network of outdoor resource students and professionals. Richmond, Virginia (RVA) is our host city, on and around the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and blossoming amidst the excitement of a resurgent James River. Providing power for iron works and a thoroughfare for commerce; suffering decades of untold levels of misuse as the regions dumping vessel; the James is redefining the City as its environmental, economic and cultural centerpiece. You will delight in the discovery of RVA's vibrant businesses, innovative programs and exciting events held against a backdrop of our nation's founding history and the river.

We welcome presentations and panels from river management professionals (e.g., managers, planners, academics, consultants, or students) that show how you, your organization, and/or the profession are protecting or enhancing river values. Come help us learn about innovations, creative approaches, successes, and visions for the future of sustainable river management! Our objectives for this symposium are to:

1. Share current and cutting-edge research in the disciplines of river ecology, watershed science, recreation planning.

2. Connect river managers across geographic regions.

3. Spark interdisciplinary conversations.

4. Provide opportunities for attendees to sharpen skills, share accomplishments, investigate questions and build new alliances.

We are seeking proposals that fit within one or more of these program themes:

1. Mountain and Rural Rivers (Management Issues and Science): Applied research and management practice in applying ecological, biological, geomorphologic or social frameworks to river management especially in headwater areas.

2. Urban Rivers (Urban Renewal, Infrastructure, Issues and Economics): How rivers contribute to a community’s identity and economic well-being.

3. Management Technology Tools: New technologies and how they are being used in transforming river management.

4. Policy and Practice (State and Federal River Management Legislation, Policies and Systems): The next river protection initiative - will it come from cities or states? Emerging policy or legislation that impacts how rivers are managed.

5. Partnerships and Community Building: Initiatives and successful models that join river management agencies, scientists, universities, advocacy groups and/or communities to support river projects and protection.

6. Water and River Corridor Trails: The relationship of trails to river management, resource protection, recreational use and public support.


The initial solicitation for presentation abstracts is fast approaching - this call closes 9 September 2019.

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