2014 CONFERENCE AGENDA

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Tuesday, May 27

Texas Riparian Association
Annual Meeting and Social Gathering
Landry’s Riverwalk
517 N. Presa Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Website http://www.landrysseafood.com

5:30 pm    Appetizers and Spirits (Wine, Beer, and Sodas)

6:00-6:30 pm       Program
                               – Welcome and Introduction by TRA President
                                – Board Reports
                               – Association Project Updates and a Call for Participation

6:30-8:00pm       Social Time

Wednesday, May 28     

8:30  – 12:00    Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop #1   Developing Regional Curves and Design Criteria for Streams in the San Antonio Region
Instructors:  
Will Harman, Stream Mechanics, LeeAnne Lutz and Tami Norton, San Antonio River Authority, and Gian Villarreal, Michael Baker Corporation

Workshop #2   Riparian Restoration in Growing Municipalities
Organizer:  Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resource Institute

 Workshop #3  Introduction to PFC – A Function Based Riparian Assessment Method
Instructors:  Kenneth Mayben, USDA NRCS and Steve Nelle, Riparian Specialist

12:00 – 1:30    Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00    Plenary Session –
Streams in a Dynamic World:  Managing Today for Resiliency Tomorrow
This plenary session will contain presentations regarding stream restoration and management to prepare streams for the stresses of the future. Issues to be covered include drought, climate variability, population growth and development, and others. The presentations will focus on data from prior projects, specific examples, and lessons learned.  The goal of this plenary session is to inform conference participants on the ways current stream restoration practices can help streams weather oncoming changes.

1:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks
— Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute and Kevin Wagner, Texas A&M University
Wagner’s Presentation 

2:oo pm
Challenges and Opportunities in Restoring Rivers of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
–John C. Schmidt, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, U. S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ
Schmidt’s Presentation 

2:45 pm   Break

3:00 pm
Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers:  The Importance of Physical Complexity in Mountainous Headwater Streams 
–Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Wohl’s Presentation 

3:45 pm
Advancing the Science, Policy, and Approach of Stream Restoration
–Will Harman, Stream Mechanics, Raleigh, NC
Harman’s Presentation 

4:30 pm
Questions & Answers – Kevin Wagner, Texas A&M University

4:40 pm
Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference
–Donna Horri, GoBreck  & 
Lisa Eastlund, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge, CO

5:00 pm – Adjourn 

5:30 pm       Welcome Reception at Pat O’Brien’s

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Thursday, May 29        

8:25 – 12:10  Concurrent Sessions A – C

A.  Assessment Techniques and Urban Restoration

B.  Watershed Approaches and Community Engagement

C. Protection and Restoration of Ephemeral Streams, Springs, and Endangered Species

12:10  Lunch Provided
1:30 – 5:15  Concurrent Session D-F
5:30 – 8:00    Sponsors’ Reception

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Friday, May 30     

8:30 – 12:00  Plenary Session- Ecological Impacts of Restoration Efforts
This plenary session will contain presentations regarding the ecological benefit (or lack thereof) of stream restoration.  Topics to be covered include examples of prior successes or failures from an ecological standpoint, design for biological and water quality benefits, ecological monitoring, and limiting factors for ecologic restoration. The presentations will focus on data from prior projects, specific examples, and lessons learned.  The goal of this plenary session is to inform conference participants on the potential stream restoration promise and pitfalls for restoring the ecology of degraded streams. 

8:30 am
Stream Restoration during Times of Rapid Environmental Change: Solving One Problem while Preparing for the Next
–Jack Williams, Trout Unlimited, Medford, OR
Williams’ Presentation 

9:00 am
Integrated Stream and Wetland Restoration:  A Watershed Approach to Restoring Ecosystem Functions and Services on the Landscape
–Curtis Richardson, Duke University
Richardson’s Presentation 

9:30 am
Incorporating Limiting Factor Analysis of Fish Populations Improves Success of Fisheries Habitat Enhancement Projects
–Matt C. Kondratieff, Colorado Parks and  Wildlife, Fort Collins, CO
Kondratieff’s Presentation 

10:00 am Break

10:15 am
Incorporating Ecological Criteria on a Large Scale Restoration Using the Natural Channel Design Approach 
–Dave Rosgen, Wildland Hydrology, Fort Collins, CO

11:45 am
Closing Remarks, $500 Cash Drawing (must be present to win)
–Kevin Wagner,Texas A&M University, Gary Garrett, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute

12:00 pm     $500 Cash Drawing (must be present to win)
Conference Adjourns