Fish Passage 2012

The 2nd National Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage University of Massachusetts Amherst June 5-7, 2012

Abstract submission is now open!

Conference registration will open later this month (October 2011).

Abstracts for Oral Presentations due March 1, 2012

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The 2012 National Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage 2012) promises to be an important national forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange findings and experiences on fish passage issues.

Fish Passage 2012 will be of interest to researchers, educators, practitioners, funders, and regulators who have an interest in advancements in technical fishways, nature-like fishways, stream restoration and stabilization, dam removal, road ecology, and the myriad of funding, safety, climate change, and other social issues surrounding connectivity projects.

This is a three-day conference with concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, and management and social issues. The conference will also feature plenary talks, professional networking opportunities, and a poster session.

Fish Passage 2012 follows the successful Fish Passage 2011 conference held at UMass Amherst in June 2011.

Topics of interest include the following:

        . instream flows


        . ecohydraulics


        . stream restoration


        . connectivity, fragmentation


        . Denil, steeppass fishways


        . pool-and-weir fishways


        . fish locks, fish lifts


        . nature-like fishways


        . bypass channels


        . stream simulation


        . culvert passage


        . eelways


        . CFD, HEC-RAS, modeling


        . racks, louvers, protection


        . design methodologies


        . migratory behavior


        . aquatic organism passage


        . life history


        . watershed ecology


        . fisheries management


        . fish physiology


        . population studies


        . case studies


        . cultural resources, SHPO


        . project management


        . IT & database management


        . education and outreach


        . hydropower relicensing


        . permitting activities


        . evaluation and monitoring


        . dam removal


        . irrigation screening


        . connectivity and links to climate change


        . use of social media and other tricks to raise public awareness and increase project support and funding


        . fundraising and leveraging existing funding streams


        . public consensus building


        . dam safety implications


      . education – what’s needed inside the government and outside?

Organizing Committee:
David Ahlfeld, Univ. of Massachusetts, Civil & Environmental Engineering
John Catena, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Brett Towler, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Kevin Moody, Federal Highway Administration/US Department of Transportation
Ted Castro-Santos, US Geologic Survey / University of Massachusetts, Environmental Conservation
Austin Polebitski, Univ. of Massachusetts, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Susan Wells, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / National Fish Passage Program