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.

If you would like to be notified directly of future webinars, please send an email to: fisheriesengineeringscience@gmail.com.

Upcoming Webinars

May 29, 2019  12:00 PM EDT  –   Fish Passage in the Yakima River Basin
Richard Visser and Pat Monk
Bureau of Reclamation
Yakima, Washington

The Yakima River Basin in south central Washington state is an important and diverse watershed that originates in the Cascade Mountain Range and extends eastward into dry fertile. The Yakima River is a tributary of the Columbia River and is over 200 miles long, from head waters to the mouth. Several fish species in the Yakima River Basin are listed as threatened or endangered.

This presentation will provide an overview of the efforts or the Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to reintroduce sockeye salmon upstream of Cle Elum Dam, including planning, design, and construction of an innovative fish passage facility at Cle Elum Dam and reservoir and water management actions to improve riverine conditions for all migratory fishes.

Please join us for this unique look into river and watershed connectivity


Please email Erin McCombs at fisheriesengineeringscience@gmail.com.
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Past Webinars

Slides from past webinars will soon be made available for download as PDFs.

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

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
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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
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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

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