CONFERENCE AGENDA

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop 1: The WARSSS Application in Developing Post-Fire Master Restoration Plans
Instructors:
Dave Rosgen, PhD & Brandon Rosgen, Wildland Hydrology
Jim Nankervis

Workshop 2:  Best Engineering Practices for Stream Restoration Design and Construction
Instructors:
Greg Jennings, PhD, PE, Jennings Environmental
David Bidelspach, PE, 5 Smooth Stones Restoration
Darrell Westmoreland, North State Environmental

Workshop 3: Urban Stream Rehabilitation – Challenges, Differences and Mistakes
Instructor: Bill Annable, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Canada

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Opening Plenary Session

1:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks
–Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute
— John Warner, Mayor, Breckenridge, CO

1:50 – 5:00 pm   Establishing Resilient Streams to Address Multiple Needs

1:50     Colorado’s Extraordinary Flooding in 2013: Data Issues, Relevance, and Lessons Learned (abstract)
–Robert D. Jarrett, Ph.D., Applied Weather Associates, LLC, Monument, CO
Jarrett’s Presentation

2:15      Watershed-Based Master Planning for Pre- and Post-Fire & Flood Applications
–Dave Rosgen, PhD, Wildland Hydrology, Fort Collins, CO

2:45 – 5:00 pm – Competition & Conflict Over Limited Water Resources
Moderator:  David Bidelspach, 5 Smooth Stones Restoration

2:45     Stream Restoration Strategies in the Wake of Colorado’s September 2013 Floods (abstract)
–Kevin Houck, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver, CO
Houck’s Presentation

3:15 pm – Break

3:30   Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Role in Mitigating Fish and Wildlife Impacts Created by Recent and Future Water Storage Development Projects (abstract)
Ken Kehmeier, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Fort Collins, CO
Kehmeier’s Presentation

4:00   Blackfoot Challenge – Successful Implementation of a Master Plan
Blackfoot Presentation
–Introduction by Dave Rosgen, Wildland Hydrology
— Jim Stone, Chair, Blackfoot Challenge, Ovando, MT
Ron Pierce, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Missoula, MT
Greg Neudecker, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Seeley Lake MT

5:30 – 7:30    Reception by Conference Sponsors

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015         

8:30 – 12:00  Breakout Sessions

Session A – Post-Fire and Post-Flood

Session B –Urban Restoration

Session C – Stewardship, Riparian and Native Species

Session D – Lessons Learned East of the Mississippi

12:00  – 1:30 pm     Lunch – drawing for DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone (courtesy of Timmons Group)  DJI_Ph3_large

1: 00 pm. – 5:00 pm  Breakout Sessions

Session E – Assessments and New Tools

Session F – Rural Projects and Fisheries

Session G – Western Water and Regulatory Issues

Session H – Partnerships and Funding

5:30 – 7:30 pm      Reception

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

8:30 – 10:15 am     Panel Discussion – Agency Regulatory Changes and Stream Mitigation
–Moderator:  Tamara McCandless, US Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Mark Shugart, FEMA Denver, CO
  • Kevin Helland, FEMA, Denver, Co
  • Chuck Schmitt, NRCS, Casper WY
  • Tom Johnson, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ken Kehmeier, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
  • Dick Wolf, Colorado Division of Water Resource
  • Paul Dey, WY Game & Fish
  • Brian Varrella, Colorado Association of Floodplain Manager

10:15 Break

10:30
Watershed & Ecological-Based Restoration following 50 Years of Applications: The past, present and future
–Dave Rosgen, PhD Wildland Hydrology, Fort Collins, CO

11:15 am  Closing Remarks & Drawing for $500 Cash Prize (must be present to win)

1:00 pm    Field Trips
Advanced Registration and an additional fee – $75

1.  Tour of the Blue Valley Ranch Restoration
–Dave Rosgen, PhD., Wildland Hydrology
This tour will travel to the Blue Valley Ranch to view a variety of river restoration and fish enhancement work that has been implemented in phases over the past 20 years.  Approximately 7.0 miles of restoration on the Blue River has been implemented, and 15 miles of side channels have been constructed utilizing diverted water to create wetlands and aquatic and waterfowl habitats.  The participants on the restoration tour will view a variety of structures, diversion systems, channel restoration, and oxbows throughout the property. 

2. Blue River Bicycle Tour
–Peggy Bailey, Tetra-Tech
Enjoy a leisurely bike tour of the Blue River with an opportunity to see the river in various stages of restoration.  We’ll begin with lunch (location to be determined) and a short presentation on dredge boat mining and the impacts on the Blue River.  After lunch we’ll ‘coast’ 4 ½ miles downhill to the downstream end and the beginning of the tour.   Here we will turn back upstream, making 5 to 8 stops to observe the river in various conditions. Some of these sites have been restored relatively recently, others have not been touched or continue to be mined, while others yet were reconstructed many years ago.  Also of interest will be a range of restoration approaches reflecting urban, rural and recreational environments.

Most of the tour will be on an asphalt bike path. In several locations we will also be taking short walks along or near the river on disturbed and irregular ground.  Dress appropriately for the outdoors and plan to ride rain or shine.