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.
We hope you were able to attend our last webinar, December 6, 2022, “Ecosystem Response to the Removal of the Elwha River Dams.” If you missed it, a recording is now available on our Youtube Channel and is embedded below!
Thursday, February 23, 2023: Building and Sustaining a State Government Approach to Aquatic Habitat Restoration
Presented by Beth Lambert, Director, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration
The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration provides a template of how to create, tailor and promote a government-sponsored ecological restoration program.
Created in 2009 by bringing together two small, community-based restoration programs housed within different agencies in the Commonwealth, the DER is a Division within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Fish and Game. Its mission is to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment.
Partnerships are a hallmark of DER’s work, and the Division works closely with municipalities, non-profit organizations, and agencies in all its work. As a non-regulatory agency, DER carries out its mission in three ways:
1. Directly coordinating on-the-ground restoration projects such as dam removals, culvert upgrades, and salt marsh restoration.
2. Building the capacity of other organizations to lead and support restoration; and
3. Developing and sharing restoration expertise and best practices within state government and with partners outside of state government.
Beth Lambert is the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). Her background and training are in fluvial geomorphology. Early in her career, she worked in watershed-based restoration in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Later, upon moving to New England, she developed expertise in dam removal and salt marsh restoration. She has been with DER since its inception in 2009. In 2018 she became the Director of the agency and is currently leading the DER through a period of growth. The DER and partners have removed over sixty dams and restored over four thousand acres of wetlands and doubled the size of the Division from fifteen people to thirty-two. Beth loves hiking, paddling, and the sound of a hydraulic hammer taking down a dam.
May 2023: 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.
Presented by Warren Seyler, Spokane Tribe of Indians.
Fall 2023: Innovative Fish Passage Solutions
Presented by Dana McCoskey, Department of Energy
December 2023: Salmon Super Highway
Presented by Sarah Zwissler, Trout Unlimited
Notification and Registration
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If you have an idea for a future webinar, please contact Andy Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org. Diverse topics, perspectives, and geographic focuses are welcome and encouraged.
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
October 30, 2018
Downstream Fish Passage: Improving the Design and Operation of Dam-Based Forebay Collection Systems
U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center
December 14, 2017
Soda Springs Fish Passage Project
Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Project Award
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
Restoration Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
April 25, 2017
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
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
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