Call for presentations extended to Feb 6!
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. 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.
The call for presentations continues for CMI’s upcoming “Regulated Rivers II: Science, Restoration, and Management of Altered Riverine Environments” conference taking place in Nelson, BC, May 8-9, 2019.
We welcome presentations and 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
- 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.
More information on how to submit a proposal can be found here.