Regulated Rivers II: Science, Restoration, and Management of Altered Riverine Environments
- Start Date: May 08, 2019
- End Date: May 09, 2019
- Time: 9 am - 5 pm
- City: Nelson, BC
- Venue: Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre
- Registration closing April 24!
Click HERE to see a draft schedule of talks.
Regulated waterways provide important services such as flood regulation, power generation with low greenhouse gas emissions, and energy storage. Nevertheless, the damming and regulation of rivers incurs ecological costs via the operation of reservoirs and alteration of downstream flows, combined with the often permanent loss of valley bottom habitat. Regulation affects both upstream (reservoir) and downstream environments, and does so at a range of scales. An increase in smaller hydro-electric (i.e. run-of-river) projects has led to a spike in research around their unique impacts, and many of these projects are concluding their 5-10 year monitoring programs. Several multi-year studies on large reservoir systems (e.g., Arrow Lakes and Kinbasket) in the Columbia River basin are also now nearing completion and these results may play a role in determining future operational scenarios under the Columbia River Treaty. Despite their large footprints, considerable ecological function remains in these regulated systems. The wealth of research that continues to emerge increases our understanding of ecosystem processes within regulated rivers with the potential to mitigate footprint and operational impacts to plants, fish, and wildlife.
This 2019 conference, which is a follow-up to the 2015 “Regulated Rivers: Environment, Ecology and Management” conference held in Castlegar, will provide a platform for the dissemination of findings to peers, First Nations, stakeholders, students, and community members from studies that are nearing completion or have been completed since 2015.
Through a keynote address, 2 days of presentations, a poster session, and networking opportunities, this conference will provide a cutting-edge opportunity for scientists and managers to share results of recent research on regulated river environments, processes, and operations in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. A conference summary will be available on the CMI website after the event.
We continue to welcome posters that address the following themes:
- Regulated river environments (e.g., impact of flow regime on lotic, riparian, and delta habitat,
ecological responses/processes relative to hydro-electric operations)
- Measuring and mitigating footprint impacts on plants, fish, and wildlife
- Biogeography of plants, fish, and wildlife in regulated river systems
- Projected ecological/biological impacts on ecosystem-based function from future operational
- Columbia Water Use Plan (WUP)-related topics and studies
- Invasive species
- Species at risk
- Restoration projects and watershed planning within regulated river systems
- Community outreach and grant funding for regulated river systems that apply to research,
education, restoration, etc.
- First Nations perspectives/knowledge pertaining to regulated rivers
- Climate change and how the changes in our watersheds will impact regulated rivers and
their management or operation
- Optimizing reservoir operations and managing upstream and downstream habitats to
improve ecological function of reservoirs and rivers
- De-fragmenting rivers (e.g., challenges and solutions to fish passage, entrainment,
If you have another theme that is not listed above, please email us and we would be pleased to
review your theme topic.
Posters and displays about your projects are welcome. You are required to send title, abstract or description of your initiative, a short bio, and full contact information no later than April 24, 2019. Your abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.
Submission guidelines for presentations, posters, and summary papers appear on our website here.
We are pleased to announce that Eva Schindler will be our keynote speaker. Eva began her career in the late 80s working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a freshwater researcher (specifically food web interactions) in Northwestern Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has also worked in the arctic for two summers and in Bella Coola, BC. Currently living in Nelson, BC, Eva is a Resource Manager for the Province of BC (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development), working along with her teams on ecosystem restoration, compensation projects and habitat related items throughout the Columbia Region.
The following are invited speakers:
Virgil Hawkes, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Vice-President and Senior Wildlife Biologist, LGL Limited environmental research associates. Wildlife habitat and opportunities for restoration in the drawdown zones of hydroelectric reservoir.
Janice Brahney, assistant professor at Utah State University, and Jeff Curtis, limnologist and biogeochemist at UBC Okanagan. Effects of climatic and flow-path modification on water quality in the upper Columbia Basin.
Bill Green, Ktunaxa Nation Council and Mark Thomas Shuswap Indian Band/Shuswap Nation Tribal Council,Culturally-informed ecosystem-based management: Integration of Indigenous Laws.
This conference has been approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as a for-credit course! Students will earn 7 continuing education credits with SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.
Who should attend this conference?
CMI conferences attract people from a variety of disciplines and professions. This conference will inform scientists, ecologists, managers, facility operators, government decision-makers, community groups, and stakeholders working on or with ties to the Columbia reservoir system, as well as anyone engaged with regulated river science and management in other regions of the world. Additionally, this conference will be of use to post-secondary students currently studying, or who have an interest in studying, the ecology of regulated rivers and particularly the Columbia River system.
Conference fees are as follows:
Presenter and CMI Member Fee*: $295.00
Non-profit: Please send an email to email@example.com to ask about non-profit pricing.
* You can purchase and/or renew your annual CMI membership at the same time as you register. See here for membership details.
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Where to stay?
Special room rates have been arranged at the following hotels. To receive these rates, you must call the hotel directly and say you are with “Columbia Mountains Institute (CMI) conference”.
- Prestige Lakeside Resort (site of the conference) – call 250.352.7222
- Deluxe City View room – $142.95 +tax/night
- Deluxe Lake View room – $162.95 +tax/night
- Prestige Inn Nelson – call 250.352.3595
- $101.95 +tax/night
- Best Western Baker Street Inn – call 250.352.3525
- Single occupancy (one bed) – $129.99 +tax/night
- Double occupancy (two queen sized beds) – $149.99 +tax/night
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