Effective Fish Habitat Conservation: Assessment, Protection, and Rehabilitation, Part 1

Tuesday, September 6, 2011: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
607 (Washington State Convention Center)
Effective aquatic habitat conservation depends on identifying the best place for conservation action and the most appropriate kind of conservation action.  How does one proceed from conducting a watershed- or sub-basin scale conservation needs assessment to identifying specific fish habitat protection or restoration projects that match the needs and can be shown to be feasible, cost effective, and have highest likelihood of performing as intended?  How does one protect and restore urban shorelines in the face of increasing population pressures? The first part of this symposium will answer those questions with case studies that use assessment results and clearly explained reasoning and with examples of urban shoreline restoration practices, policy approaches to promote private stakeholder participation, and monitoring results that examine the effectiveness of various approaches from all over North America, including Washington, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, and Canada.  When is habitat protection the best conservation option and how can restoration complement protection? The second part of the symposium will answer that question with examples from around the country of a wide range of aquatic habitat protection and restoration methods.
Sarah Spilseth Sandstrom and Paul DeVries
Paul DeVries, Susan-Marie Stedman and Sarah Spilseth Sandstrom
8:00 AM
Quantifying the Impacts of Shoreline Armoring on Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystems Sarah M. Heerhartz, University of Washington; Megan N. Dethier, University of Washington; Andrea S. Ogston, University of Washington; Jason D. Toft, University of Washington; Jeffrey R. Cordell, University of Washington
8:45 AM
Ecological Responses to Habitat Enhancements of an Urban Intertidal Seawall Maureen Goff, NOAA NMFS; Jeffrey R. Cordell, University of Washington; Jason D. Toft, University of Washington; Charles A. Simenstad, University of Washington
Habitat for Hard Places: Concepts and Lessons from the Ship Channel of the Cuyahoga River (Withdrawn)
9:30 AM
Restoration Alternatives for Armored Puget Sound Public Shorelines Peter Hummel, Anchor QEA, LLC; Jason D. Toft, University of Washington
9:45 AM
Morning Break
10:30 AM
Shoreline Master Program Updates: Using Policy to Improve Shoreline Conditions in Washington State Dan Nickel, The Watershed Company; Amy Summe, The Watershed Company; Kenny Booth, The Watershed Company
10:45 AM
Bring Back the Beach: Removing Barriers While Improving Habitat Mark Garff, The Watershed Company; Kenny Booth, The Watershed Company; Mark Indrebo, The Watershed Company; Bill Way, The Watershed Company
11:00 AM
Estuarine Restoration Urban Industrial Context George Blomberg, Port of Seattle
11:15 AM
Green Shorelines: Multi-Agency Coordination to Encourage Shoreline Enhancement Through Voluntary and Policy Approaches Joe Burcar, Washington Department of Ecology; Zelma Zieman, Washington Department of Ecology; Maggie Glowacki, Washington Department of Ecology
11:30 AM
Fish Utilization of Habitat Features Incorporated into Levee Repairs on the Lower Sacramento River, California David Zajanc, H. T. Harvey & Associates; Sharon H. Kramer, H. T. Harvey & Associates; Peter Nelson, Collaborative Fisheries Research West; Nadav Nur, PRBO Conservation Science
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:45 PM
Assessment Methods and Strategies for the Restoration of Streams in Switzerland Armin J. Peter, Eawag Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology; Gregor Thomas, Eawag Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
2:00 PM
Landscape-Scale Approaches to Conservation of Native Fishes: Use of a Decision Support Framework to Facilitate On-the-Ground Conservation Actions in the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion of Texas Timothy Birdsong, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Megan Bean, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Gary Garrett, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Mike Montagne, USFWS; Ryan Smith, The Nature Conservancy of Texas; Stephan Magnelia, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
2:15 PM
Finding Simplified Assessment Tools for Identifying Restoration Projects with Different Channel Sizes: Case Studies Bob Aldrich, Snohomish County Department of Public Works, Surface Water Management; Chris Nelson, Snohomish County Department of Public Works, Surface Water Management
2:30 PM
Thermal Refuge Habitat Assessment and Restoration Options for Adult Chinook Salmon in the Sammamish River, WA Paul DeVries, R2 Resource Consultants; Clair Yoder, R2 Resource Consultants; Holly Coccoli, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
2:45 PM
Restoring Blueback Sockeye Salmon Habitat on the Upper Quinault River ─ Quinault Indian Nation's Strategic Planning, Projects Selection and Early Results Bill Armstrong, Quinault Department of Fisheries; Kevin Fetherston, R2 Resource Consultants; Tim Abbe, Cardno ENTRIX
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