The Joint Committee hosts quarterly webinars designed to foster communication between the members of the American Fisheries Society Bioengineering Section (AFS-BES) and the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI). These webinars are intended to provide opportunities for engineers and biologists to share relevant knowledge, learn from one another, and collaborate on projects related to fish passage.

Webinars are coordinated by the Joint Committee’s Webinar Task Group and are offered free of charge.

Future webinars will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel!

We hope you were able to attend our last webinar on February 23, 2023, “Building and Sustaining a State Government Approach to Aquatic Habitat Restoration.” If  you missed it, a recording is now available on our Youtube Channel and is embedded below!

2023 Webinars

Next Webinar

December 2023: Salmon Super Highway
Presented by Sarah Zwissler, Trout Unlimited

On the Day of the Webinar: 

No registration is needed!  A link will be provided here once the webinar is scheduled.

Upcoming Webinars

February 2024: Invasive Species and Environmental and Infrastructural History, with a focus on the Lake Champlain Basin
Presented b Erik Reardon, Lake Champlain Basin Program


Date TBD: A decade of building to take down 4 Klamath River dams
Presented by Dave Meurer


Notification and Registration
If you would like to be notified directly about this or other future webinars, join the Fish Passage Mailing list: https://units.fisheries.org/fishpassagejointcommittee/subscribe/

If you have an idea for a future webinar, please contact Andy Peters at andy@riverconnectivitysystems.com. Diverse topics, perspectives, and geographic focuses are welcome and encouraged.

Past Webinars


Innovative Fish Passage Solutions
Presented by Dana McCoskey, Department of Energy


Tribal Perspectives on the Absence of Fish Passage at an Impassable Dam.  The connection of the Spokanes, the Salmon and the River and the impact of a dam that changed it all.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Warren Seyler, Spokane Tribe of Indians


Building and Sustaining a State Government Approach to Aquatic Habitat Restoration
February 23, 2023
Beth Lambert, Director, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

Ecosystem Response to the Removal of the Elwha River Dams
December 6, 2022
George Pess, Ph.D., Program Manager, Watershed Program at the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC)

BIL-ding Aquatic Connectivity: Panel Discussion on Fish Passage funding via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law)
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Panel Speakers

  • Mike Bailey, National Aquatic Habitat Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Melanie Gange, Competition Manager, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Nathaniel Gillespie, Assistant National Fish Program Manager, US Forest Service
  • Daniel Buford, Ecologist, Federal Highways Administration
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tim Welch, Hydropower Program Manager, Department of Energy

FishPass: A Vision For Selective Connectivity For Fish Passage and Invasive Species Management
Dan Zielinski, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Abstract and Presenter Bio
Presentation Slides

Making Rivers Faster than Salmon:  Building Rivers, Salmon, and Communities
Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Reconnecting Our Streams: Stakeholders and Barriers
Megan Lung, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program/NEWPCC
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Removing Barriers to Ecological Restoration
Gwen Macdonald, Save the Sound
May 20, 2021

Fish Ramps in the Inter-Mountain West and Great Plains
William Rice, US Fish and Wildlife Service
February 18, 2021 
Presentation Slides

2020 Distinguished Project Award Winner
Artur Furydna, TPRIIG/CCB/LIFEDrawaPL
December 8, 2020

Stream Simulation Design Methodology: A Design Methodology for Adapting Road Crossing Infrastructure (bridges and culverts) to Climate Change
Robert Gubernick, Watershed Restoration Geologist
USDA Forest Services National Stream and Aquatic Center
September 19, 2020

Up and Over:  Improving Upstream Passage of Adult Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin
Kinsey Frick, NOAA Fisheries
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA (USA)
June 3, 2020

Upper Columbia Fish Passage and Reintroduction
Casey Baldwin, Senior Research Scientist, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Thomas Biladeau, Habitat Restoration Biologist, Coeur D’Alene Tribe of Indians
Conor Giorgi, Anadromous Program Manager, Spokane Tribe of Indians
February 11, 2020

World Fish Migration Day: Creating a Movement to Save Migratory Fish – From Local to Global
Herman Wanningen, World Fish Migration Foundation
Josh Royte, The Nature Conservancy
Eric Hutchins, NOAA
Kathy Hoverman, KCI Technologies
December 5, 2019

Evaluating a 1-Dimensional Sediment Transport Model
Matt Collins
Restoration Center, National Marine Fisheries Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Gloucester, MA
October 8, 2019

Fish Passage in the Yakima River Basin
Richard Visser and Pat Monk
Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima, Washington
May 29, 2019

Developing Fishways in Lao PDR – A Case Study From the Lower Mekong Basins
Lee Baumgartner
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia
March 6, 2019

North Fork Hydroelectric Project Passage Improvements
Garth Wyatt and Nick Ackerman
Portland General Electric
December 6, 2018

Imagination, Collaboration, and Implementation: Some Tools for the Next Generation of Habitat Connectivity Practice
Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP
American Rivers
October 30, 2018

Downstream Fish Passage: Improving the Design and Operation of Dam-Based Forebay Collection Systems
Toby Kock
U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center
December 14, 2017

Soda Springs Fish Passage Project
Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Project Award
Rich Grost
Pacificorp, North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project
September 20, 2017

Channel Response to Dam-Removal Sediment Release: Insights from Two Northeast U.S. Sites and Applicability for Project Planning
Matt Collins
Restoration Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
April 25, 2017

The New Frontier: An Overview of Recent Policy and Regulatory Changes Affecting Dam Removal Projects
Serena McClain
American Rivers
February 22, 2017
Presentation | Flyer

One Size Does Not Fit All: Contemporary Design Approaches to Address Fish Passage at Stream Crossings
Michael Love, P.E.
Michael Love & Associates, Inc.
November 15, 2016

Nature-Like Fishways Presented Within the Context of a Very Small and a Very Large Project
Bjorn Lake, Ph.D., P.E.
National Fish Passage Engineer, Office of Habitat Conservation, NOAA
September 27, 2016

Evaluating Alternatives for Fish Passage and Reintroduction Planning at a Watershed Scale
Rick Wantuck
National Marine Fisheries Service
May 24, 2016

Observations of California Fish Screens: What’s Working and What Is Not
Stephen Thomas, P.E.
National Marine Fisheries Service
April 7, 2016

To Pass or Not To Pass – Advances and Dilemmas in Fishway Science
Christos Katopodis, P.E., FCSCE
Katopodis Ecohydraulics Ltd.
November 10, 2015
References SlidesFlyer

Why Did the Dam Cross the River? Getting to the Other Side of Small Dam Removals
Michael Chelminski, P.E.,
Principal, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
July 22, 2015
Presentation Slides | Flyer

How To Deal With Sediment In Dam Removal
Jennifery Bountry and Dr. Tim Randle
Bureau of Reclamation’s Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Group
March 25, 2015

Safe Timely and Effective Fish Passage: Three Requirements, Two Concepts, One Standard?
Ted Castro-Santos, Ph.D.
USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center
January 13, 2015