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5th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems

Natural Channels - Linking Processes to Practice

The Natural Channels Conference is intended to explore the science and application of Natural Channel and stream corridor rehabilitation. Our understanding of the importance, complexity, and interconnectedness of watercourses, and their relationship with biological and ecological processes continues to evolve, leading to a growing emphasis on protecting Canada’s green infrastructure. The conference is part of a continuum of learning and advancement of the science and practice of channel rehabilitation in Ontario. This began in Ontario in the early 1990s and evolving in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and elsewhere over the last 25-30 years. It seeks to further explore innovations in science in an effort to better understand the importance of streams and their corridors to the health of watersheds.

Over the course of two days, we will hear from practitioners, scientists, academics, and policy makers who can share their knowledge and innovation in order to deliver new ideas and approaches to problem solving. The conference is composed of International Keynote Speakers, Concurrent Sessions, Panels and Workshops, as well as a Poster Session. Our Wine and Cheese social event will offer opportunities for networking with a diverse group of attendees.

Registration - Now Open

Registration IconRegistration is now open! Submit your online registration by completing the following form.

See below for the registration rates and ensure you look over the Preliminary Program to choose which sessions you wish to attend.

Registration Rates

Two Days One Day
Early Rate
(until August 15)
Late Rate
(starting August 16)
Early Rate
(until August 15)
Late Rate
(starting August 16)
Regular $300 $400 $200 $250
NGO $200 $200 $125 $125
Student $150 $150 $100 $100

Additional Registration Information

When Does Registration Open?

Registration is scheduled to open in late Spring. Sign up for the mailing list to be notified once registration is open.

About the Registration Rates

All registrations received after Wednesday, September 21, 2016 will be processed ON-SITE. Space is not guaranteed for onsite/walk-in registrations.

NGO's (Non-Governmental Organization) and students carrying at least 50% of a full-time course load qualify for half-price registration rates. Students must include their student identification number on the registration form, where indicated, in order to receive a discounted rate.

All rates quoted are in CDN funds and are subject to 13% HST.

Space Availability

Seating at all concurrent sessions is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as registrations are received. Session substitutions will only be allowed if space permits.

Attendee Substitutions

Attendee Substitutions are allowed by contacting the Registrar prior to the symposium.

What Your Registration Includes

Your 1 or 2-Day Package includes admittance to all Conference sessions, lunch and coffee breaks for the day on which you are registered.

Contact Information

General inquiries, contact:
Karen Anderson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 1-888-274-1364 ext. 103
E-mail: karen@allsetinc.com

Accommodations

Accommodations IconA discounted block of rooms have been reserved at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls. The single or double occupy rates of $139.00 for a city view and $159.00 for a falls view are available for Sunday September 25th and Monday September 26th. There is a $25.00 additional cost per person for triple and quadruple accommodations.

For delegates wanting to reserve for Saturday September 24th, please call the in-house hotel reservation office at 1‑800‑618‑9059.

Book by September 6th to reserve your room at the discounted rate! Book your group rate for Natural Channel Systems Conference.

Program at a Glance

Pre-Conference - Sunday, September 25

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ice Breaker

Reception Registration will be open

Day 1 - Monday, September 26

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Training Workshops:

- Engineering for Biologists 101

- Biology for Engineers 101

7:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Registration

Refreshments

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks (held in the Plenary Hall)

Master of Ceremonies Serge Metikosh
Senior Fish Habitat Biologist and Regulatory Advisor, Fish Habitat Solutions Inc., Calgary, Alberta

Keynote Speaker Colin Thorne
Professor and Chair of Physical Geography, University of Nottingham, UK

10:45 AM – 12.15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

M1A / M1B / M1C / M1D

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Luncheon – Part I

Held at Milestones (Located in hotel)

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Luncheon – Part II

Luncheon Keynote Speaker Chester Watson (held in the Plenary Hall)
Principal Investigator, Watershed & Channel System Instability, Biedenharn Group, LLC and Emeritus Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

M2A / M2B / M2C / M2D

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

M3A / M3B / M3C / M3D

5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Wine and Cheese Networking Reception (held in Exhibitors’ Gallery)

Poster Display (Q & A Period)

Day 2 - Tuesday, September 27

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration

Refreshments

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

T1A / T1B / T1C / T1D

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

T2A / T2B / T2C / T2D

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Luncheon – Part I

Held at Milestones (Located in hotel)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Luncheon – Part II

Master of Ceremonies Serge Metikosh
Senior Fish Habitat Biologist and Regulatory Advisor, Fish Habitat Solutions Inc., Calgary, Alberta

Keynote Speaker Marc Gaboury
Fisheries Biologist/Restoration Ecologist, LGL Group British Columbia

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

T3A / T3B / T3C / T3D

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Discussion Panel (Held in the Plenary Hall)

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Plenary and Wrap-Up (Held in the Plenary Hall)

Master of Ceremonies Serge Metikosh
Senior Fish Habitat Biologist and Regulatory Advisor, Fish Habitat Solutions Inc., Calgary, Alberta

Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program is now available for review and can be downloaded in PDF format. An HTML version will be made available soon and will include the option of downloading the abstracts of each presentation. Please note the Preliminary Program is subject to change.

- Preliminary Program [PDF PDF]

Day 1

- M1 Sessions [10:45 AM - 12:15 PM]

M1A - Innovation

M1A Presentation 1

Title

Streamline Your Design With Civil3D

Speaker

Randy Brook and Hamish Trenam

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

M1A Presentation 2

Title

Innovative Stream Restoration Techniques: Dam Removal, Channel Reconstruction, and Large Wood Placement in the Pacific Northwest Region of the US

Speaker

Dr. Janine Castro

Affiliation

US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Abstract

Not yet available

M1A Presentation 3

Title

The Use of Unmanned Aerial (UAV) Technologies to Detect Groundwater Inputs in the Credit River

Speaker

Ken Glasbergen

Affiliation

CrossWind Geomatics. Inc.

Abstract

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M1B - Southern Ontario Procedures

M1B Presentation 1

Title

Meander Belt Width Procedures: Developing a Regional Model for Southern Ontario

Speaker

Imran Khan

Affiliation

Beacon Environmental Limited

Abstract

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M1B Presentation 2

Title

Regional Reference Curves for Small and Medium Watercourses in Southern Ontario

Speaker

Trevor Chandler

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

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M1B Presentation 3

Title

Limitations and Misuse of the Rapid Geomorphic Assessment for Preliminary Characterization of Channel Stability

Speaker

Robin McKillop

Affiliation

Palmer Enviromental

Abstract

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M1C - Historical Context

M1C Presentation 1

Title

Twenty Plus Years Since the Rural Ontario Data Base and Relationships was Produced. Looking Back to Look Forward

Speaker

Bill Annable

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

Not yet available

M1C Presentation 2

Title

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology: Where Have We Come from, Where Do We Go?

Speaker

Dr. Roger TJ Phillips

Affiliation

Western University and Aquafor Beech Limited

Abstract

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M1C Presentation 3

Title

The Evolution of Natural Channel Design Practice in the Maritimes: From Digger Logs to Holistic Channel Realignments

Speaker

Ron Jenkins

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

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M1D - Climate Change

M1D Presentation 1

Title

Pilot Study - Environmental and Infastructure Vulnerabilities to Climate Change - Implications for Natural Channels

Speaker

David Van Vliet

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

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M1D Presentation 2

Title

Freedom Space for Rivers: An Economical Approach to Sustainable Management in a Changing Climate

Speaker

Joanna Eyquem

Affiliation

AECOM

Abstract

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M1D Presentation 3

Title

State of Climate Change Science and Practice in the Great Lakes Basin: A Focus on Climatology, Hydrological and Ecological Effects

Speaker

Edmundo Fausto

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Abstract

Not yet available

- M2 Sessions [2:15 PM - 3:45 PM]

M2A - Natural Resources: Challenges and Opportunities

M2A Presentation 1

Title

Pipeline Associated Watercourse Crossings Fisheries Self- Assessment Tool

Speaker

Lucas Warner

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

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M2A Presentation 2

Title

Once Upon a Gravel Pit: Reconnecting Floodplain through Aggregate Extraction

Speaker

Crystal Allan

Affiliation

Grand River Conservation Authority

Abstract

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M2A Presentation 3

Title

Treatments to Mitigate Aquatic Habitat Impacts Associated with Land and Resource Developments

Speaker

Marc Gaboury

Affiliation

LGL Limited

Abstract

Not yet available

M2B - Tools

M2B Presentation 1

Title

The Science and Practice of Erosion Threshold Theory in Applied Geomorphology

Speaker

Dr. Roger TJ Phillips

Affiliation

Western University and Aquafor Beech Limited

Abstract

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M2B Presentation 2

Title

The Applicability of Using Fractional Bedload Transport Modelling as a Tool to Predict Geomorphic Change: A Novel Framework for Practitioners Using Commony Available Data

Speaker

Jeff Hirvonen

Affiliation

GeoProcess Research Associates and University of Waterloo

Abstract

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M2B Presentation 3

Title

A Tool to Optimize Understanding of Hydromorphological Charactersitics for French River Management and Restoration (CARHYCE)

Speaker

Frederic Gob

Affiliation

Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris

Abstract

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M2C - Habitat Banking

M2C Presentation 1

Title

Proponent-Led Habitat Banking

Speaker

Brent Valere

Affiliation

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Abstract

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M2C Presentation 2

Title

Regulatory Approvals for Stream Restoration - Two Approaches to DFO Authorization

Speaker

Jessica Kellerman

Affiliation

City of Waterloo

Abstract

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M2C Presentation 3

Title

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

Speaker

Cynthia Mitton-Wilkie

Affiliation

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Abstract

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M2D - Monitoring - TRCA

M2D Presentation 1

Title

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Stream Rehabilitation Projects: Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Monitoring

Speaker

Dean Young

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Abstract

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M2D Presentation 2

Title

Temporal Changes in Terrestrial Biota Observed through Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Natural Channel Design Monitoring Program 2-14 Year Post Restoration

Speaker

Lyndsay Cartwright

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Abstract

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M2D Presentation 3

Title

Evaluating the Effect of Natural Channel Design on Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities

Speaker

Angela Wallace

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Abstract

PDF PDF

- M3 Sessions [4:15 PM - 5:45 PM]

M3A - In Stream Techniques

M3A Presentation 1

Title

Evaluating Stream Restoration Designs with Engineered Log Jams in Experimental River Channels

Speaker

Michael S. Gallisdorfer

Affiliation

University at Buffalo

Abstract

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M3A Presentation 2

Title

The “Threshold” of Habitat: Spawning Salmon in a Restored Threshold Channel

Speaker

Jeff Muirhead

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

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M3A Presentation 3

Title

2-D Hydraulic of Proposed Fish Ramp to Design for Fish Passage Potential

Speaker

Bradley Burrows

Affiliation

Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

Abstract

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M3B - Approaches

M3B Presentation 1

Title

A Process-Based Approach for Proposing Ecological Flows for Geomorphic Purposes

Speaker

Ashraf Zaghal

Affiliation

MMM Group

Abstract

PDF PDF

M3B Presentation 2

Title

Engineering Design Meets Geomorphic Design

Speaker

Steve Braun

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

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M3B Presentation 3

Title

Restoring Rivers as Part of Flood Risk Management - Recent Experience Gained from Projects in Scotland and England

Speaker

Colin Thorne

Affiliation

Nottingham University

Abstract

Not yet available

M3C - Fish Habitat

M3C Presentation 1

Title

Changes in Fisheries Act, Policy and Review Process

Speaker

Thomas Hoggarth

Affiliation

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Abstract

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M3C Presentation 2

Title

Fish Habitat Offsetting in Pristine Wilderness: Regulatory Challenges

Speaker

David Luzi

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

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M3C Presentation 3

Title

Brook Trout Creek Restoration under Challenging Conditions

Speaker

Laura Lawlor

Affiliation

GHD Limited

Abstract

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M3D - Monitoring 2

M3D Presentation 1

Title

Assessment of the Performance of a Riffle- Pool Restoration Project over Two Years of Floods Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Speaker

Bruce MacVicar

Affiliation

Unviersity of Waterloo

Abstract

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M3D Presentation 2

Title

Long-Term Erosion Monitoring on Niagara Escarpment Watercourses

Speaker

Anna C.J. Howes

Affiliation

Aquafor Beech Ltd

Abstract

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M3D Presentation 3

Title

How Dynamic Are Our Streams? How Stable Are Our Designs?

Speaker

John Parish

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

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Day 2

- T1 Sessions [8:30 AM - 10:00 AM]

T1A - Biology

T1A Presentation 1

Title

Restoring Ecological Functions – TUC Loweville Project

Speaker

Jack Imhof

Affiliation

Trout Unlimited

Abstract

Not yet available

T1A Presentation 2

Title

First Nations Engagement in Developing and Rehabilitating Watersheds - Natural Channels

Speaker

Jon Bisset

Affiliation

Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission

Abstract

Not yet available

T1A Presentation 3

Title

Fish, Benthis Insects, and Trees of Ripian Ecosystems Mexico’s Northeastern Rio San Juan

Speaker

Jose Navar

Affiliation

Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico

Abstract

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T1B - Case Studies 1

T1B Presentation 1

Title

How to Communicate a Natural Channel Design Effectively

Speaker

Sarah Matchett

Affiliation

Conservation Halton

Abstract

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T1B Presentation 2

Title

Little Stewart Creek Abstract

Speaker

Brandon Spaugh

Affiliation

North State Enviromental

Abstract

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T1B Presentation 3

Title

TBC

Speaker

TBC

Affiliation

TBC

Abstract

TBC

T1C - Agricultural Drains 1

T1C Presentation 1

Title

Application of Natural Channel Design (NCD) Principles in Agricultural Drainage

Speaker

Scott Robertson

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

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T1C Presentation 2

Title

Using a Systematic Approach to Natural Channel Designs and Agricultural Stewardship

Speaker

Chris VanEsBroeck

Affiliation

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Abstract

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T1C Presentation 3

Title

The Scott Drain – Integrating Natural Channel Design, Controlled Drainage and Agricultural Practices

Speaker

Geoff King

Affiliation

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1D - Sediment Transport 1

T1D Presentation 1

Title

River Bank Rehabilitation in Sandbed Channels

Speaker

Ahmed Siddiqui

Affiliation

GEO Morphix

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1D Presentation 2

Title

Where Does All the Sediment Go? Modelling the Sixteen Mile Creek Sediment Plume

Speaker

Jeffrey Doucette

Affiliation

GHD Limited

Abstract

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T1D Presentation 3

Title

The Evolution of Gravel- Bed Morphology Due to Changing Hydrologic Regimes: A Case Study of an Urban Watercourse in Southern Ontario, Canada

Speaker

Ben Plumb

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

- T2 Sessions [10:30 AM - 12:00 PM]

T2A - Redside Dace

T2A Presentation 1

Title

Natural Channel Design for Redside Dace

Speaker

Shari Faulkenham

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2A Presentation 2

Title

Implementation of Natural Channel Projects for Redside Dace; The Lessons Learned in Implementing Two Ecologically Different Projects

Speaker

Ralph Toninger

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Abstract

Not yet available

T2A Presentation 3

Title

Review of Redside Dace Habitat Corridor Realignments: Morphology, Sedimentology and Habitat Suitabiltiy within Aged Natural Corridor Designs

Speaker

Paul V. Villard

Affiliation

GEO Morphix Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2B - Case Studies 2

T2B Presentation 1

Title

Avonhead Creek Daylighting Project: Field Monitoring Techniques to Understand Watershed Hydrology

Speaker

Jayeeta Barua and Karen Chisholme

Affiliation

Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2B Presentation 2

Title

Reconstruction of Amberlea Creek Valley Corridor to Protect Frenchman’s Bay Provincially Significant Wetland

Speaker

Robert Amos

Affiliation

Aquafor Beech Ltd

Abstract

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T2B Presentation 3

Title

The Do’s and Don’ts of Natural Channel Realignments

Speaker

Shawn R. Taylor

Affiliation

Ecosystem Works Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2C - Agricultural Drains 2

T2C Presentation 1

Title

Lost Land Reclamation in N.O.T.L Irrigation Channel

Speaker

Brandon Cormier

Affiliation

Devron Sales Ltd.

Abstract

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T2C Presentation 2

Title

Use of Drainage Act Assessments to Evaluate Costs of Rural Natural Channel Design

Speaker

Tim Brook

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Abstract

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T2C Presentation 3

Title

Educating the Appropriate Target Audience for Stewardship Initiatives

Speaker

Jacqui Empson Laporte

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Abstract

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T2D - Sediment Transport 2

T2D Presentation 1

Title

Sediment Budget of the Rhine River for Fractions Clay/Silt Sand & Gravel

Speaker

Stefan Vollmer

Affiliation

Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Koblenz, Germany

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2D Presentation 2

Title

TBD

Speaker

Bill Annable

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

Not yet available

T2D Presentation 3

Title

TBC

Speaker

TBC

Affiliation

TBC

Abstract

Not yet available

- T3 Sessions [2:00 PM - 3:30 PM]

T3A - Erosion and Sediment Control

T3A Presentation 1

Title

Erosion and Sediment Control for Stream Restoration in Canada

Speaker

Harry Reinders

Affiliation

R & M Construction

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3A Presentation 2

Title

Erosion and Sediment Control for Stream Restoration in the US

Speaker

Darrell Westmoreland

Affiliation

North State Environmental

Abstract

Not yet available

T3A Presentation 3

Title

Erosion and Sediment Control: Can We See the Forest for the Trees?

Speaker

Brad Fairley

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3B - Stormwater

T3B Presentation 1

Title

Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Environmental Flow Needs

Speaker

Cassie Schembri1 and Wolfgang Wolter2

Affiliation

1Credit Valley Conservation Authority / 2Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

Abstract

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T3B Presentation 2

Title

The Influence of Erosion Control Criteria on Stormwater Management Facility Design

Speaker

Aaron Farrell

Affiliation

Amec Foster Wheeler

Abstract

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T3B Presentation 3

Title

Bedload Transport in Urbanized Creeks with and without Stormwater Management

Speaker

Elli Papangelakis

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

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T3C - Modelling

T3C Presentation 1

Title

The Effects of Aquatic Vegetation Growth on Discharge Calculation in Natural Watercourses: A High-Resolution Study Featuring Novel Techniques

Speaker

Lorenzo Brignoli

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

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T3C Presentation 2

Title

Using Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Modelling to Quantitatively Assess Fish Habitat Improvements

Speaker

Nick Hodges

Affiliation

AECOM

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3C Presentation 3

Title

Habitat Suitability Modelling

Speaker

Amanda McKay

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

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T3D - Urban Streams

T3D Presentation 1

Title

The Role of Eco- Hydraulics in the Restoration of a Degraded Urban Stream

Speaker

Ian D. Smith

Affiliation

Urban & Environmental Management Inc.

Abstract

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T3D Presentation 2

Title

Urban Channel Rehabilitation - a Fine Balance

Speaker

Jeff Daniel

Affiliation

GHD Limited

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3D Presentation 3

Title

TBD

Speaker

Chester Watson

Affiliation

Biedenharn Group

Abstract

Not yet available

Sponsorships and Exhibiting

Network, Build Relationships, Share Information and Promote your Product or Service and Reinforce your Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Sponsorship and Exhibiting IconThis event could not happen without the support of partners and exhibitors, and we would love for you to become involved. The conference format includes a pre-conference ice-breaker evening reception, two full days of concurrent sessions, panels and workshops, international keynote speakers, a poster session, a living lab, and an exhibit hall. We will hear from practitioners, scientists, academics, and policy makers who can share their knowledge and innovation in order to deliver new ideas and approaches to problem solving.

The following provides information on sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities. Have a look – no matter what your budget is, there is always a way to promote your organization to the many delegates, speakers and exhibitors and display your organization’s commitment to a sustainable future. I hope you will consider the 5th International Natural Channel Systems Conference for these opportunities.

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please contact Karen Anderson Conference Coordinator 1‑888‑274‑1364 ext. 103 | karen@allsetinc.com

- Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages [Microsoft Word Word / PDF PDF]
- Sponsorship and Exhibitor Registration Form [Microsoft Word Word / PDF PDF]
- Exhibitors’ Guide [Microsoft Word Word / PDF PDF]
- Floorplan [PDF PDF]

List of Sponsors


List of Exhibitors

Natural Channels Exhibitor Floorplan

  1. North State Environmental
  2. Water’s Edge Environmental Solutions Team Ltd
  3. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
  4. R&M Construction
  5. Beacon Environmental Ltd.
  6. Filtrexx Canada Inc.
  7. GeoProcess Research Associates
  8. Canadian Water Resource Association (CWRA)
  9. Verbinnen's Nursery
  10. GEO Morphix Ltd.
  11. Aquafor Beech Ltd.
  12. AHYDTECH Geomorphic
  13. Hoskin Scientific Ltd.
  14. Ecosystem Recovery Inc.
  15. Matrix Solutions Inc.
  16. Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.

Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Speakers

Master of Ceremonies Serge Metikosh

Serge MetikoshSerge Metikosh, is a Sr. Fish Habitat Biologist and President of Fish Habitat Solutions Inc. with more than 40 years of experience as a Fish and Fish Habitat Biologist and as an environmental impact assessment practitioner. Before starting Fish Habitat Solutions Inc. in 2012, Serge Metikosh was a Principal and Senior Fish Habitat Biologist at Golder Associates Ltd in Calgary for 15 years. As a consultant, Serge Metikosh focus was on his clients with technical and strategic advice for obtaining regulatory approval for various resource development projects throughout Canada. He has been Project Manager and Discipline Lead on numerous pipeline, oil and gas, coal mining and diamond mining and has prepared Environmental Impact Statements and applications for authorizations under the Fisheries Act. This work included issue scoping, the design and implementation of baseline studies, analysis and reporting, development of mitigation strategies, determination of residual effects and development of Offsetting Plans. In addition to being involved with projects in the preconstruction and approval stages, Mr. Metikosh also participated in their construction and operation phases. Mr. Metikosh’s work in relation to the construction and operation phases of resource development projects focused on the implementation of mitigation measures for various aspects of construction, implementation of No Net Loss Plans, as well as the design and implementation of effects monitoring studies required as conditions of regulatory approval.

Prior to joining Golder Associates Ltd. in 1997 Mr. Metikosh was a Senior Fish Habitat Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Burlington Ontario where he was responsible of the delivery of the Fish Habitat Management program in Ontario. He is familiar with the regulatory requirements of the Fisheries Act, DFO’s Policy for the Management of Fish Habitat (including the guiding principle of No Net Loss) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. He was also instrumental during his time with DFO in promoting and supporting major science-based guidance documents for watershed planning and the Natural Channel Systems Initiative. Mr. Metikosh has kept up to date with changes in Federal legislation that have taken place over the last several years and continues to provide advice to his clients on policy and implementation issues related to the fisheries protection provisions of the amended Fisheries Act. He has developed guidelines and procedural manuals for DFO and other government and industry organizations related to the Fisheries Act and CEAA.

Keynote Speaker Colin Thorne

Colin ThorneColin Thorne is Professor and Chair of Physical Geography at the University of Nottingham. His educational background is in environmental sciences, civil engineering and physical geography. He has published 9 books and over 130 refereed journal papers and book chapters. To date, his work has nearly 8,000 citations, including one paper that has been cited over 800 times. He has an h-index of 44 and an i10-index of 99. During a career spanning four decades, he has held posts with UEA, Colorado State University, the University of London, USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory, USACE Waterways Experiment Station, NOAA Fisheries, and currently, the University of Nottingham. He is also a visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China and an Affiliate Professor at both Portland State and Colorado State Universities.

Professor Thorne is an environmental scientist with expertise in erosion, sediment transport and sedimentation in natural, modified and managed rivers, particularly with respect to the restoration of lost river functions, form and habitat. Internationally, Thorne’s experience with rivers extends to the basins of the Awash, Brahmaputra, Clutha, Columbia, Ganges, Mekong, Mississippi, Missouri, Parana, Salado, San Juan, Toutle, Yangtze, and Yellow Rivers, including research on a number of the alluvial deltas associated with these watercourses.

Through his research and consultancy work, Thorne has acquired particular skills in expert knowledge elicitation, stakeholder engagement, multi-criteria analysis and risk assessment (qualitative and quantitative). He is adept at working with stakeholders in the co-production of knowledge and delivering key messages to non-specialist decision makers in ways they understand and can act on, as evidenced by uptake in the UK of the principles of ‘natural flood management’ and ‘working with natural processes’. He currently leads a 9-university consortium investigating the generation of multiple flood risk benefits using Blue-Green infrastructure (http://www.bluegreencities.ac.uk/bluegreencities/index.aspx).

Keynote Speaker Chester Watson

Chester WatsonChester Watson is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and presently is a private consultant. His career spans industrial water supply, construction of municipal water and waste water conveyance and treatment, teaching advanced level University classes, short courses and conference lectures pertaining to stream restoration. He has lectured in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and China, and has written numerous publications.

Dr. Watson is an engineer with experience in fluvial morphology, erosion, and sediment transport in modified and managed watersheds and streams. Much of his career has been spent in the study and rehabilitation of incised stream channels caused by watershed modification and channelization, and an equal portion of his career has been in the study of large rivers, particularly the Mississippi river. He is presently engaged with an advisory role in a physical model of the drainage from Mount St. Helens.

Keynote Speaker Marc Gaboury

Marc GabouryMarc Gaboury has over 28 years of experience in fish habitat restoration and enhancement, environmental impact assessment, and research. He has worked throughout British Columbia, Yukon, Canadian prairies and eastern United States. He has worked cooperatively on research, impact assessment and restoration projects with First Nations in Manitoba and British Columbia, including Cowichan Tribes, Cree, Haida, Lheidli T'enneh, Huu-Ay-Aht, T'Sou-ke, Nisga'a Lisims Government, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Nuu‑chah‑nulth, and Uchucklesaht First Nations.

Marc has extensive experience in preparing integrated watershed restoration plans and the design and construction of fish habitat restoration structures. He has co-authored comprehensive restoration plans for the Okanagan, Englishman, Coldwater and Cowichan rivers in B.C. and designed specific treatments to restore stream habitats and watershed processes in another 58 watersheds in B.C. and 15 in Manitoba. He has also designed and constructed fishways for low head dams, as well as backwatering schemes for existing culverts to allow fish passage.

Marc is a Registered Professional Biologist with the College of Applied Biology of British Columbia.

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Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended Until April 1st

Call for Abstracts IconThe steering committee is soliciting leading edge and topical oral and poster abstracts from practitioners, scientists, academics, and policy makers from across Canada and beyond who can share their knowledge and innovation in order to deliver new ideas and approaches to problem solving. We welcome applications in the following conference streams:

Current Science and Understanding

  1. FLOW IN THE URBAN CONTEXT
    Advancing the understanding of flooding and flood risk management in the context of urbanization and associated land use changes. Examples include:
    1. Urban systems challenges – floodplain encroachment
    2. Headwater system protection / rehabilitation
    3. Landowner expectations
    4. Urban system connectivity and planning
    5. Revising historical trends – is expropriation needed?
  2. RIVER HYDRODYNAMICS AND SEDIMENT TRANSPORT
    Science and applied research into river mechanics and response mechanisms to known disruptors of the balance between flow and sediment.
    1. Sediment transport in response to hydromodification
    2. Time scale for rivers
    3. Restoring for sediment supply deficiencies
    4. Understanding erosion thresholds
    5. Understanding channel forming flow
    6. Impact of surrounding land use on sediment and erosion
    7. Laboratory study of the complex flow and sediment interactions
    8. Water quality considerations
    9. Technological advances
  3. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRATION
    Integration of floodplain dynamics, specific to ecological function and the interactions between flow stage and ecological productivity.
    1. Riparian zone interactions
    2. Effects of riparian vegetation on channel form and function
    3. Hyporheic zone exchange
    4. Designing to enhance stability
    5. Post construction monitoring of riparian vegetation
    6. Importance of choosing the right vegetation for the right spot at the right time
    7. Management of invasive species
    8. Effects of riparian areas on water quality

Applied River Management and Rehabilitation

  1. CONSTRUCTION
    Insights and innovation from the perspective of the construction industry. Methods, lessons learned, opportunities and challenges that promote the successful implementation of construction projects in valley corridor settings.
    1. Construction practices. Construction limitations
    2. Mitigating impacts during construction.
    3. Oil and gas – challenges working in / around watercourses
    4. Working in remote areas
    5. Erosion and sediment control BMPs
    6. Technological advances
  2. NATURAL CHANNEL DESIGN
    Design tools, techniques and insights that advance the science and understanding of natural channel systems in the context of stream and river rehabilitation.
    1. Technological advances
    2. Detailed design of aquatic habitat creation and enhancement
    3. Pre-design data requirements (biological, geomorphic, etc.) to suit NCD
    4. Cost comparisons integrating natural channel design (C/B analysis or value added approach)
    5. Maximizing what we can accomplish on a small budget
    6. Rural natural channel design challenges and opportunities
    7. Innovations in rehabilitation techniques
    8. Field methods
    9. Remote sensing for geomorphological purposes
    10. Flow training tools
    11. Precision technology for data collection
    12. Main channel and floodplain linkages
  3. AGRICULTURAL DRAINS
    Advancing the understanding of landuse, hydrology, sediment supply, and the regulatory environment as it pertains to agricultural settings.
    1. Challenges and opportunities in applying NCD principles to agricultural drains
    2. The economic case
    3. Impact of agricultural practices on the resiliency of agricultural drains
    4. Demonstration site promotion
  4. DAM REMOVAL
    Dam removal examples and research into the evolutionary response of streams to dam construction and dam removal.
    1. Stream response to low head dam removal
    2. New opportunities for Natural Channel Design in Dam removal
    3. Processes and permitting challenges specific to dam removal
  5. DESIGNING FOR FISH HABITAT (ECO-HYDRAULICS)
    The integration of habitat-based design criteria into natural channel design projects
    1. Technological advances
    2. Interrelation between hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology in natural channel design
    3. Water crossing design for fish passage
    4. Eco-hydraulic modeling
    5. Hydrology, water quality and habitat usage
    6. Using natural materials in construction and design

Governance, Asset Management and Education

  1. GOVERNANCE AND ADVOCACY
    Challenges and opportunities generated by legislative and funding mechanisms in support of (or as a roadblock to) improvements natural channel science and application.
    1. Innovative legislative drivers for successful projects
    2. Innovations in funding models benefiting natural systems
    3. Advocacy opportunities – NCI and beyond
    4. Permitting process
    5. Education and Awareness
  2. ASSET MANAGEMENT / ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
    Insight into risk management surrounding waterways, as it applies to the built environment
    1. Risk management
    2. Issues of liability
    3. What design storm is a new project supposed to withstand without damage. What is damage
    4. Changes to the insurance industry

What We Have Learned / Knowledge Sharing

  1. MONITORING
    Telling the story of restoration failure or success though post construction monitoring.
    1. What’s been learned. Are we making a difference in urban systems
    2. What’s been learned. Are we making a difference in rural systems
    3. Geomorphic, biological, water quality
    4. Meta-analysis – will it be helpful?
    5. Remote sensing and precision data
  2. MOVING FORWARD
    Knowledge gaps and opportunities for advancing knowledge of river science, ecology, engineering, land use planning as it pertains to successful project implementation.
    1. Engineering for biologists 101
    2. Biology for engineers 101
    3. Remote sensing

All interested presenters are asked to complete the Call for Abstract form and submit by Friday, April 1, 2016 (previously Friday, March 11, 2016).

Please review the following 3 documents necessary to prepare your abstract submission.

- Overview [Microsoft Word Word / PDF PDF]
- Sub-topics [Microsoft Word Word / PDF PDF]
- Abstract Template [Microsoft Word Word]

Please send questions and completed abstracts to abstracts@naturalchannels.ca.

Contact Us

Contact Us IconKaren Anderson
Conference Coordinator, 5th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems
karen@allsetinc.com
1-888-274-1364 ext. 103

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