Symposium: Restoring fluvial process and ecology below dams, Dec. 3, 9-1 pm

You are invited to the 12th Annual Berkeley River Restoration Symposium Saturday 03 December 9a-1p, Rm 112 Wurster Hall.

This year’s symposium features a keynote talk by Scott McBain on ‘Restoring fluvial process and ecology below dams: lessons over two decades’, along with presentations of original graduate student research on a variety of topics, and a panel discussion on issues raised by the presentations and new developments in the field.  The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. We will publish and announce the registration link at a later date.

Keynote talk:
Restoring fluvial process and ecology below dams:  lessons over two decades Most of our major rivers are dammed, and ecosystem restoration must be undertaken in this context.  How can we manage flow, sediment, and channel morphology on such highly regulated rivers to restore downstream fluvial processes, form, and biota?  Based on over two decades of experience, Scott McBain describes the application and progress on this approach, drawing from examples on the Trinity River, San Joaquin River, Tuolumne River and others. He concludes with a discussion on upcoming scientific and management challenges to future application of this approach.

Scott McBain is a fluvial geomorphologist with 25 years’ experience working on rivers in the western US. His specialty is developing flow and sediment management regimes downstream of dams that improve the physical processes and form necessary to rehabilitate and improve river ecosystems. Scott has participated in numerous large-scale river rehabilitation efforts, including the Trinity River in northern California, and the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers in the Central Valley of California, and the central Platte River in Nebraska.  Scott serves as President of McBain Associates, a consulting firm in Arcata CA that specializes in regulated river rehabilitation.