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6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems

Natural Channels - Sustaining Connectivity: Exploring the Importance of Connectivity in Systems, Knowledge, Practice and Policy

At the 6th Natural Channel Conference we will explore Sustaining Connectivity – linking knowledge through generations, practice among disciplines, policy amidst practitioners, and science across the landscape. In 2018 we will take a multidisciplinary look at natural channel systems with a widened view of cause and effect, employing the knowledge of past work with present research to connect the landscape to the channel. Through this we are providing the opportunity for sharing and evolving our understanding of the importance, complexity, and interconnectedness of watercourses, and their relationship with hydrological, geomorphological, chemical and ecological processes.

The 2018 conference will provide an avenue to discuss new science, practices and academic research. The Sustaining Connectivity theme will be explored through the following sessions:

  • Collaborative Design
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Environmental Flows
  • Innovation
  • Monitoring and Lessons Learned
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Resilience
  • Urban Hydro-modification

2018 Presentations Available for Download

2018 Presentations Day 1

T1B

Following up on Following up: Findings and Recommendations from NCI’s 2017 Post-Construction Monitoring Workshop
Jeff Muirhead, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Setting Standards for the Design of Stream Rehabilitation Project Evaluations: Updated Guidance from 10 Years of Monitoring in the Greater Toronto Area
Dean Young, Toronto and Region Conservation

T1C

The Importance of Understanding Channel Adjustments: 36 Years of River Channel Restoration Examples from the UK and Denmark
Andrew Brookes, Jacobs Engineering Group UK

What Does an Estimator See When He Looks at a Natural Channel Construction Project?
Jared Reinders, R&M Construction

Watercourse Projects, Lessons Learned
Julie Mulligan, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

T1D

A Software Platform for Integrated Monitoring and Modelling of Stream Restoration Projects
Doug Mulholland, University of Waterloo

Delimiting Freedom Space for Rivers Using GIS and Remote Sensing: Updating Existing Tools to Manage Functional and Resilient River Systems
Fabien Hugue, AECOM & Concordia University
& Joanna Eyquem, AECOM

T2A

The Benefits of Regular Onsite Collaboration throughout the Permitting Process. Lessons Learned from the Framgard Channel Realignment.
Charles Priddle & Benjamin Davis, Conservation Halton

One Size Does Not Fit All (or Even Most) - Lessons Learned in Effective Communication
Laura Lawlor, GHD Limited

Rocky Ramp Case Study - Managing Socio-Political Expectations and Adverse Field Conditions
Stephen Braun, Matrix Solutions Inc.

T2B

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as a Tool for Monitoring and Evaluating Natural Channel Designs
Bryce Molder, GEO Morphix Ltd.

Field Based Correction of Environmental Flow Estimates Affected by Aquatic Vegetation Growth at Gauged Sites
Lorenzo Brignoli, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

T2C

The Role of Young Professionals in River Restoration in Ontario
Cailey McCutcheon, Aquafor Beech Ltd
& Jeffrey Muirhead, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

State of the Science, at Home and Abroad
Peter Lind, GHD Aquatic Sciences Group

Environmental Flows - Underexplored Dimensions
Dr. Andrea Bradford, University of Guelph

T2D

Urbanization of Highland Creek: Morphological Response, Predictability, and Natural Channel Design
John McDonald, Matrix Solutions Inc.
& Peter Ashmore, Western University

Resilience in the Design and Construction of Highland Creek Valley Segment 4a
Harry Reinders, R & M Construction
& W J Snodgrass, City of Toronto

The Time-Limited Resilience of River Morphology to Alteration: Examples from across Canada
Robin McKillop, Palmer Environmental Consulting Group Inc.

T3A

Planning for Change through the Use of Successional Vegetation Communities
Tim McCormick & Daniella Giovanatto, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

A Little Fish and the Landscape Architect: Collaborative Design to Create a Better Place for Redside Dace
Paul DiProfio, NAK Design Strategies

Restoring the Connection between Creek and Lake: Fresh Water Estuarine Creation in Mississauga
Jeffry Doucette, GHD Limited
& Kenneth Dion, Toronto and Region Conservation

T3B

Secrets toward Success in Live Staking
Sheldon Smith & Daniella Giovanatto, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Monitoring Extreme Events: The Trials and Tribulations
Patricia Huynh, University of Waterloo

T3C

Bioenergetic Models as a Means to Evaluate Habitat Availability
John Tweedie & Jaclyn Cockburn, University of Guelph

Ecological Response to an Experimental High Flow Release in the Upper Yarra River, Victoria, Australia
Peter Lind, GHD Aquatic Sciences Group

Environmental Flow Negotiations for Proposed Waterpower Sites in Northeastern Ontario 2005-2015
Rich Pyrce, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

T3D

Did It Move? Lessons Learned with Sediment Tracking
Julia Howett & Wolfgang Wolter, Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

2018 Presentations Day 2

F1A

Restoration of a Confined Urban System - Funding and Design
Linda McDougall, City of London
& Heather Amirault, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Bridging the Gap: TRCA’s Restoration Opportunities Database as a Potential Compensation Bank
Joel Smith & Andrew Ramsebottom, Toronto and Region Conservation

The Evolution of DFO Habitat Banking: What We Have Learned So Far in the City of Kitchener
Leah Walter, City of Kitchener
& Brad Fairley, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

F1B

Lessons Learned from Using a 3D Numerical Model and Suitability Analysis to Assess a Lake Sturgeon Restoration Project in the Ouareau River (Quebec)
Andre-Marcel Baril, GEO Morphix Ltd.

F1D

Laboratory Modeling of Sediment Dynamics to Promote Resilient Streams
Ryan Good, University of Guelph

F2A

The Drainage Act - in Mississauga? How a Rural Regulatory Tool Was Used to Address Urban Flooding
Bill Trenouth, Credit Valley Conservation

F2B

Meander Belt Width Procedures: Developing Predictive Model for Southern Ontario
Julia Howett, Western University

Improvements in Fluvial Modelling to Support the Assessment and Restoration of River Reaches with Eroded Banks
Yannick Rousseau, Concordia University

Examining Slope Instability Dynamics along a Small Bank Slope Using Tree Ring Growth Anomalies in Central New York State, USA
Matthew Vetta, Credit Valley Conservation

F2C

A Review of the Impacts of Urbanization on River Morphology: Current Knowledge, Industry Practices, Challenges and Future Opportunities
Ben Plumb & Jeff Hirvonen, GeoProcess Research Associates Inc.

Pocket Wetlands as Additions to Stormwater Treatment Train Systems: A Case Study from a Restored Stream in Brampton, ON, Canada
Jason Krompart, Credit Valley Conservation

F2D

River Beads as a Conceptual Framework for Building Resilience into River Management
Dr. Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University

Geomorphic Resilience: An Argument for a Modified Definition
Kayla Goguen, Western University

F3A

Restoring Degraded Urban Rivers in the Quebec Policy Context, Proposing Non-Structural Solutions and Convincing Decision Makers
Geneviève Marquis & Hugues Lachance, J.-F. Sabourin and Associates

Mitigation Approaches to Fund Stream Restoration Projects
J George Athanasakes, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Monetizing Fish Habitat Credits
Brad Fairley, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

F3B

Planting Design Considerations for a Changing Climate as It Relates to Natural Channel Design
Amy Bennewies, Into the Woods

Connecting the Dots: Natural Channel Restoration Based on Communal Approaches to Urban Drainage
Shannon Malloy & Karen Chisholme, Credit Valley Conservation

F3C

Collaborating to Protect Municipal Infrastructure and Restore Redside Dace Habitat
Matt Johnston, Toronto and Region Conservation

F3D

Critical Relationships between Streams and Their Floodplains: Implications for Stream Restoration Project Design
Fred Dobbs, Nottawasaga Conservation Authority
& Paul Villard, GEO Morphix Ltd.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Dr. Ellen Wohl

Dr. Ellen WohlEllen Wohl received a BSc in geology from Arizona State University and a PhD in geosciences from the University of Arizona before joining the faculty at Colorado State University in 1989. Her research focuses on physical process and form in river corridors, including interactions with biotic and human communities. Her research is predominantly field-oriented and she has conducted field research on every continent but Antarctica.

She has written more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as 16 books, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America and a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor. Much of her current research examines how physical complexity associated with the presence of instream wood and beaver dams influences the form and function of river ecosystems.

Keynote Speaker Richard W. Hill Sr.

Richard W. HillMember of the Beaver Clan of Tuscarora Nation. Currently Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board serving the City of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Previously served as Senior Project Coordinator, Deyohahage Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic; Assistant Director for Public Programs, National Museum of the American Indians, Smithsonian Institution; and former Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrew Brookes

Dr. Andrew BrookesDr. Andrew Brookes has over 34 years of professional experience, is recognized internationally for contributing to river restoration, and is a nationally recognized as an expert in geomorphology. Dr. Brookes is also an expert in hydromorphology assessment working on a wide variety of projects from low flow projects to catastrophic floods, with a demonstrated expertise in linkages between geomorphology, hydrology and ecology having produced reports for the European Union.

Dr. Brookes' vast career has included working as a Research Fellow at the Royal Society and University of Wales for three years, an expert in Public Inquiries and Court Cases, and a founding member of the River Restoration Project (now the River Restoration Centre). He is the winner of the (UK) Royal Geographical Society for outstanding national and international contributions to river management.

Dr. Brookes is the author of a book on river channelization published in 1988 by John Wiley & Sons, an Author and editor of a book on River Channel Restoration, and the author and contributor to approximately 40 peer-reviewed publications as well as many hundreds of technical reports.

Friday May 25 Keynote Address Summary

Disconnection of river channels is a state of being isolated or detached. There are combined pressures of varying magnitudes acting to disconnect river channels along their longitudinal profiles, laterally from their floodplains, and from their groundwater zones. Illustrated with examples from across Europe and the USA, through this presentation the extent of human activities on river channels and the types of disconnection caused by those activities are demonstrated.

Reconnection, referred to as river restoration or river rehabilitation, has been an extremely challenging activity particularly in urban areas. Examples will be given of reconnecting river channels that have been heavily modified by straightening, widening, deepening, lining and as well as of weir removal and reservoir discontinuance. Ultimately, a river project only has a finite life from concept to feasibility and optioneering, and to final design and construction. Often there is little or no budget to undertake monitoring and evaluation to establish a comprehensive baseline pre-project and to elicit construction and post-project effects.

The intent of this presentation is to demonstrate that the reconnection of urban rivers has to be a form of creation of a new channel to accommodate a different regime to that existing when first disconnected. Ecological improvements can be gained by relatively simple actions but the expectation of restoration of complex ecosystems in the immediate term is not possible in most urban situations. Using the term in the widest sense then perhaps some of the greater reconnections that can be gained in urban environments are social elements such as landscape and visual and aural. The concept of catchment partnerships, now well established in the UK, are referred to, illustrating the enthusiasm of urban residents to care for their local river environments.

Program at a Glance

Wednesday, May 23

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Training, Workshops, and Tours

  • Channel Design Principles
  • Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification Course
  • Training and Tour: Sediment Transport, Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Young Professionals Networking Event (Held at The Bullring)

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ice Breaker Reception (Held at The Bullring)

Registration will be open

Thursday, May 24

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration (Rozanski Hall)

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks (Room 101 Rozanski Hall)

Keynote Speaker Dr. Ellen Wohl
Fluvial Geomorphologist
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors (Rozanski Concourse)

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

T1A / T1B / T1C / T1D

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Luncheon (Peter Clark Hall)

Luncheon Keynote Speaker Rick Hill

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Poster Presentations and Exhibitors (Rozanski Concourse)

Living Lab (Room 105 Rozanski Hall)

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

T2A / T2B / T2C / T2D

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors (Rozanski Concourse)

3:15 PM - 4:55 PM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

T3A / T3B / T3C / T3D

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wine and Cheese Networking Reception (Rozanski Concourse)

Friday, May 25

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Address and Awards Presentation (Room 101 Rozanski Hall)

Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrew Brookes
Head of Discipline for Geomorphology, River Restoration and Hydromorphology at Jacobs Engineering Group
Reading, United Kingdom

Natural Channel Initiative: Award of Recognition Presentation

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

F1A / F1B / F1C / F1D

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors (Rozanski Concourse)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

F2A / F2B / F2C / F2D

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Luncheon (University Centre Food Court)

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Poster Presentations and Exhibitors (Rozanski Concourse)

Living Lab (Room 105 Rozanski Hall)

1:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions (Rozanski Hall)

F3A / F3B / F3C / F3D

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wrap-Up with Master of Ceremonies (Room 101 Rozanski Hall)

Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program is now available for review in HTML or PDF format. Please note the Preliminary Program is subject to change.

- Preliminary Program [PDF PDF]

Wednesday May 23 (Training, Workshops, and Tours)

- Channel Design Principles [8:30 AM - 4:30 PM]

Printable Version [PDF PDF]

Description

This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals of channel design. Information will be introduced in a classroom setting and further reinforced through the review of case studies and a tour of recently constructed sites. The In-class component will review design terminology, design process and design methods. Participants will be introduced to the concept of stream function pyramid, as well as better understand the right channel design for the right setting, Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Fundamental design parameters
  • Key components of design drawings and design briefs
  • What to consider to determine the correct design approach with specific review of when its appropriate to consider natural channel versus geomorphically referenced engineered, urban versus rural, and constrained versus unconstrained
  • Perspective on balancing the disciplines
  • Opportunities to look for in a design

Following the in-class component, attendees will be taken on a tour of sites throughout Kitchener and Waterloo of implemented channel restoration projects. The combination of in-class and site tours will provide attendees with a toolbox of methods that can be used in natural channel design and in turn provide a better capacity of review design briefs and design drawings. The workshop will be taught by an interdisciplinary panel and tour sites will be presented by Project Lead Designers.

Timeline

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and refreshments

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

In-class review of fundamentals of design

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Break

10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Continuation of in-class component

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch (and travel to Kitchener Waterloo area)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Site tours

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Travel back to University of Guelph

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for a junior to intermediate audience with specific focus on proponents, agency review staff, young practitioners, contractors, and regulators. The course is designed for an interdisciplinary group of practitioners from various backgrounds including planning, engineering, ecology and biology. The course will benefit parties who play a role, or are interested in pursuing a career, in the design and/or review of channel design. The course will also benefit those interested in further understanding the fundamental components of natural channel design and implementation.

Additional Information

Lunch will be provided. Attendees will have an opportunity to share dietary restrictions at a later date. The tour will commence rain or shine. Please bring appropriate apparel.

Course is contingent on sufficient registration.

- Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification Course [8:30 AM - 4:00 PM]

Printable Version [PDF PDF]

Offered by Ontario Streams and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in Partnership with Natural Channel Initiative

Description

This course is offered as a one day training workshop designed to certify attendees in the use of backpack Electrofishing equipment.

The main emphasis of this course is the safe use of backpack electroshocking units. The topics covered will include protective equipment, safe procedures and backups or fail-safes. The course will also include the fundamentals of electrical theory; and a practical component for which participants will be required to demonstrate safe electrofishing practices in the field. Attendees will be required to complete a written examination for fully certification. Instruction will be provided by Class 1 OMNR certified instructors and meets OMNR policy standards.

Timeline

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and refreshments

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Lecture

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch, travel to field location and set up

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Field practical exercise (water body is walking distance)

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Return from field and review notes

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Exam

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for field staff, consultants and resource managers who are involved in fisheries surveys and management.

Learning Objectives

  1. Safe operation and protective equipment used in electrofishing operations
  2. Minimizing/eliminating potential harm to fish.
  3. Proper electrofishing settings to maximize capture efficiency.
  4. Understand and apply concepts presented in the electrofishing lecture

Additional Information

Participants should be prepared for field work. Lunch will be provided. Participants are required to bring their own leak free, non-breathable chest waders, as well as polarized sunglasses.

Course is contingent on sufficient registration.

- Sediment Transport, Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics [8:30 AM - 4:30 PM]

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Sediment Transport and Open Channel Hydraulics

GEO Morphix Ltd. is partnering with the Natural Channel Initiative to provide a 2.5 hour Seminar on ‘Sediment Transport’ with emphasis on applications in natural channel design, erosion mitigation, and stormwater management. This course outlines both basic concepts in hydraulics and sediment transport, and real-world application. Specific topics include:

  • Introduction to open-channel hydraulics
  • Sediments and their characteristics
  • Initiation of motion
  • Field measurement techniques
  • ‘Rules of thumb’ and simple sediment transport and hydraulic models
  • Potential pitfalls of models in channel design, including real-world case studies
  • Application to erosion mitigation and stormwater management

This seminar provides professionals with a greater understanding of hydraulics and sediment transport as they pertain to channel design and stormwater management. It provides tools to understand the evaluation of channel stability and erosion mitigation measures associated with stormwater management. This course assists agency and municipal personnel to ensure that the proper questions are asked when assessing channel designs and stormwater management plans.

Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics

GEO Morphix Ltd. is partnering with the Natural Channel Initiative to provide a 2.5 hour Seminar on ‘Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics’ with particular emphasis on applications in natural channel design and stream crossings. This course outlines both basic concepts in hydraulics and fish behavior, and real-world application. Specific topics include:

  • Introduction to simple, open-channel hydraulics
  • Fish behavior
  • Techniques to mitigate fish passage issues
  • Eco-hydraulics and the application of simple hydraulic models to address fisheries questions
  • Field measurement techniques
  • Modelling of hydraulics to assess fish passage

This seminar provides professionals with a greater understanding of hydraulics and fish passage as they pertain to channel design and stream crossings. Fish behavior/response to different flow condtions is reviewed. It provides tools to understand and assess fish passage. Several simple hydraulic approaches for assessing fish passage are presented. Methods for instream treatments (e.g. vortex weirs, armoured beds) are also discussed in the context of channel hydraulics and ecological benefit. This course assists agency and municipal personnel to ensure that the proper questions are asked when assessing channel designs and other activities that impact aquatic habitat.

Instructor

This workshop is prepared and delivered by Dr. Paul Villard of GEO Morphix Ltd. Dr. Villard has extensive local and international experience in fluvial geomorphology and channel design from both an academic and applied perspective. His recent activities include design and implementation of large-scale valley and channel realignments and research on fish passage, habitat suitability, and stability of natural channel designs.

Open Channel Hydraulics Site Tour

Participants of this workshop will be taken on a 2-hour tour of sites in the Guelph area that will reinforce and compliment information presented in class.

Timeline

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and refreshments

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Sediment Transport and Open Channel Hydraulics

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:30 PM

Continuation of Sediment Transport and Open Channel Hydraulics

11:30 PM - 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tour of Guelph area sites

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for recent graduates with a hydraulics specialization, and practitioners in the hydraulics field, as well as resource managers, planners, engineers, geomorphologists, biologists, ecologists and consultants who are involved in the planning, reviewing and/or designing of natural channels and fish passage. This course is intended for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Learning Objectives

  1. Overview of open-channel hydraulics and fish passage
  2. Introduction to modeling of sediment dynamics and fish passage
  3. Improved understanding of how to assess and review channel designs and the activities that may impact the channels

Additional Information

Lunch will be provided to participants. You will be contacted to share dietary restrictions.

Course is contingent on sufficient registration.

Thursday May 24

- T1 Sessions [10:15 AM - 11:30 AM]

T1A - Policy Panel Discussion: Finding Solutions to Emerging Land Use Changes

T1A Panel

Title

Moderator

Speaker

Jacqui Empson Laporte

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Abstract

Not yet available

T1A Panel

Title

Panelists

Speaker

Jason Sharpe & Adam O’Connor

Affiliation

McIntosh Perry

Abstract

Not yet available

T1B - Monitoring and Lessons Learned: Examining Ways to Improve the Effectiveness and Reliability of Monitoring

T1B Presentation 1

Title

Why the Difference?

Speaker

Mariëtte Pushkar & Julia Howett

Affiliation

Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1B Presentation 2

Title

Following up on Following up: Findings and Recommendations from NCI’s 2017 Post-Construction Monitoring Workshop

Speaker

Jeff Muirhead

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1B Presentation 3

Title

Setting Standards for the Design of Stream Rehabilitation Project Evaluations: Updated Guidance from 10 Years of Monitoring in the Greater Toronto Area

Speaker

Dean Young

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1C - River Management: Gaining Perspective on Stream Restoration, Lessons Learned and Tools for Advancing Our Understanding

T1C Presentation 1

Title

The Importance of Understanding Channel Adjustments: 36 Years of River Channel Restoration Examples from the UK and Denmark

Speaker

Andrew Brookes

Affiliation

Jacobs Engineering Group UK

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1C Presentation 2

Title

What Does an Estimator See When He Looks at a Natural Channel Construction Project?

Speaker

Jared Reinders

Affiliation

R&M Construction

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1C Presentation 3

Title

Watercourse Projects, Lessons Learned

Speaker

Julie Mulligan

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1D - Innovation: Improving our Approach with Innovative Tools

T1D Presentation 1

Title

A Software Platform for Integrated Monitoring and Modelling of Stream Restoration Projects

Speaker

Donald Mulholland

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1D Presentation 2

Title

Delimiting Freedom Space for Rivers Using GIS and Remote Sensing: Updating Existing Tools to Manage Functional and Resilient River Systems

Speaker

Fabien Hugue1 & Joanna Eyquem2

Affiliation

1AECOM & Concordia University / 2AECOM

Abstract

PDF PDF

T1D Presentation 3

Title

An In-Flood Monitoring System for Bedload Sediment in a Restored Riffle-Pool Morphology

Speaker

Chris Muirhead & Bruce MacVicar

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

- T2 Sessions [1:30 PM - 2:45 PM]

T2A - Communication: How Effective Communication Can Lead to Project Success

T2A Presentation 1

Title

The Benefits of Regular Onsite Collaboration throughout the Permitting Process. Lessons Learned from the Framgard Channel Realignment.

Speaker

Charles Priddle & Benjamin Davis

Affiliation

Conservation Halton

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2A Presentation 2

Title

One Size Does Not Fit All (or Even Most) - Lessons Learned in Effective Communication

Speaker

Laura Lawlor

Affiliation

GHD Limited

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2A Presentation 3

Title

Rocky Ramp Case Study - Managing Socio-Political Expectations and Adverse Field Conditions

Speaker

Stephen Braun

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2B - Monitoring: Application of New Tools

T2B Presentation 1

Title

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as a Tool for Monitoring and Evaluating Natural Channel Designs

Speaker

Bryce Molder

Affiliation

GEO Morphix Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2B Presentation 2

Title

Exploring the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in River Research and Monitoring

Speaker

Scott Finucan

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2B Presentation 3

Title

Field Based Correction of Environmental Flow Estimates Affected by Aquatic Vegetation Growth at Gauged Sites

Speaker

Lorenzo Brignoli

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2C-i - Young Professional Development

T2Ci Presentation 1

Title

The Role of Young Professionals in River Restoration in Ontario

Speaker

Cailey McCutcheon1 & Jeffrey Muirhead2

Affiliation

1Aquafor Beech Ltd. / 2Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2C-ii - Environmental Flows: State of the Science

T2Cii Presentation 1

Title

State of the Science, at Home and Abroad

Speaker

Peter Lind

Affiliation

GHD Aquatic Sciences Group

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2Cii Presentation 2

Title

Environmental Flows - Underexplored Dimensions

Speaker

Dr. Andrea Bradford

Affiliation

University of Guelph

Abstract

Not yet available

T2D - Resilience: Exploring Response Time and Design Adaptation

T2D Presentation 1

Title

Urbanization of Highland Creek: Morphological Response, Predictability, and Natural Channel Design

Speaker

John McDonald1 & Peter Ashmore2

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.1 / Western University2

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2D Presentation 2

Title

Resilience in the Design and Construction of Highland Creek Valley Segment 4a

Speaker

Harry Reinders1& W J Snodgrass2

Affiliation

R & M Construction1 / City of Toronto2

Abstract

PDF PDF

T2D Presentation 3

Title

The Time-Limited Resilience of River Morphology to Alteration: Examples from across Canada

Speaker

Robin McKillop

Affiliation

Palmer Environmental Consulting Group Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

- T3 Sessions [3:15 PM - 4:55 PM]

T3A - Collaborative Design: Complex Projects That Took a Multidisciplinary Team to Innovate Solutions

T3A Presentation 1

Title

Planning for Change through the Use of Successional Vegetation Communities

Speaker

Tim McCormick & Daniella Giovanatto

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3A Presentation 2

Title

A Little Fish and the Landscape Architect: Collaborative Design to Create a Better Place for Redside Dace

Speaker

Paul DiProfio

Affiliation

NAK Design Strategies

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3A Presentation 3

Title

Design and Construction of Side-Channel Fish Habitat on the Bow River as Offset for Serious Harm

Speaker

Matt Wood & James Bigelow

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3A Presentation 4

Title

Restoring the Connection between Creek and Lake: Fresh Water Estuarine Creation in Mississauga

Speaker

Jeffry Doucette1 & Kenneth Dion2

Affiliation

1GHD Limited / 2Toronto and Region Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3B - Monitoring and Lessons Learned: Investigating Ways to Improve Our Approach

T3B Presentation 1

Title

Modelling Specific Stream Power and Associated Channel Morphologies Using Differential Scaling of Slope Generalisation Techniques

Speaker

Pamela Tetford

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3B Presentation 2

Title

Determining Erosive and Depositional Patterns in the North Saskatchewan River to Target Sediment Sample Locations Most Likely Impacted by an Oil Spill

Speaker

Shaun Toner & Jocelyn Fetter

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3B Presentation 3

Title

Secrets toward Success in Live Staking

Speaker

Sheldon Smith & Daniella Giovanatto

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3B Presentation 4

Title

Monitoring Extreme Events: The Trials and Tribulations

Speaker

Patricia Huynh

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3C - Environmental Flows: Application of Techniques to Determine Environmental Flow Targets

T3C Presentation 1

Title

Bioenergetic Models as a Means to Evaluate Habitat Availability

Speaker

John Tweedie & Jaclyn Cockburn

Affiliation

University of Guelph

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3C Presentation 2

Title

Ecological Response to an Experimental High Flow Release in the Upper Yarra River, Victoria, Australia

Speaker

Peter Lind

Affiliation

GHD Aquatic Sciences Group

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3C Presentation 3

Title

Understanding Connectivity - Animal Behaviour, Istream Flow Needs, Channel Morphology and Watershed/Ecosystem Context and Potential Risk

Speaker

Jon Bisset

Affiliation

Canadian Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3C Presentation 4

Title

Environmental Flow Negotiations for Proposed Waterpower Sites in Northeastern Ontario 2005-2015

Speaker

Rich Pyrce

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3D - Resilience: Examining Sediment Dynamics

T3D Presentation 1

Title

Linking Urban Hydromodification to Bedload Sediment Transport

Speaker

Elli Papangelakis

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3D Presentation 2

Title

An Order of Magnitude Increase in Stream Power and Sediment Transport Potential Due to Urbanization of the Highland Creek Watershed Toronto, ON

Speaker

Dr. Roger Phillips

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3D Presentation 3

Title

Did It Move? Lessons Learned with Sediment Tracking

Speaker

Julia Howett & Wolfgang Wolter

Affiliation

Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

T3D Presentation 4

Title

The Viability of Natural Channel Designs in Highly Active Fluvial Systems

Speaker

Scott Cowan & Jeff Muirhead

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

Friday May 25

- F1 Sessions [9:15 AM - 10:30 AM]

F1A - Policy: Establishing Sustainable Funding Mechanisms

F1A Presentation 1

Title

Restoration of a Confined Urban System - Funding and Design

Speaker

Linda McDougall1 & Heather Amirault2

Affiliation

1City of London / 2Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1A Presentation 2

Title

Bridging the Gap: TRCA’s Restoration Opportunities Database as a Potential Compensation Bank

Speaker

Joel Smith & Andrew Ramsebottom

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1A Presentation 3

Title

The Evolution of DFO Habitat Banking: What We Have Learned So Far in the City of Kitchener

Speaker

Leah Walter1 & Brad Fairley2

Affiliation

1City of Kitchener / 2Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1B - Innovation: Employing Models to Improve the Robustness of Natural Channel Design

F1B Presentation 1

Title

Making the Bend: Demonstration of HEC-RAS2D to Support Hydraulic Design of Turning Vanes

Speaker

Robert Chlumsky

Affiliation

Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1B Presentation 2

Title

Vortex Rock Weirs: Assessing Fish Passage at Design and after Construction through Modelling and Measurement

Speaker

Paul Villard

Affiliation

GEO Morphix Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1B Presentation 3

Title

Lessons Learned from Using a 3D Numerical Model and Suitability Analysis to Assess a Lake Sturgeon Restoration Project in the Ouareau River (Quebec)

Speaker

Andre-Marcel Baril

Affiliation

GEO Morphix Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1C - Panel Discussion: Advancing Professional Regulation

F1C Panel

Title

Moderator

Speaker

Dr. Mary-Louise Byrne

Affiliation

Wilfred Laurier University

Abstract

Not yet available

F1C Panel

Title

Panelist

Speaker

Dr. Roger Phillips

Affiliation

Association of Professional Geoscientists Ontario

Abstract

Not yet available

F1C Panel

Title

Panelist

Speaker

Dr. Richard Zytner & Mark Hartley

Affiliation

Professional Engineers Ontario

Abstract

Not yet available

F1C Panel

Title

Panelist

Speaker

Mark Schollen

Affiliation

Association of Landscape Architects Ontario

Abstract

Not yet available

F1D - Resilience: Examining Sediment Dynamics

F1D Presentation 1

Title

Laboratory Modeling of Sediment Dynamics to Promote Resilient Streams

Speaker

Ryan Good

Affiliation

University of Guelph

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1D Presentation 2

Title

Experimental Study on the Impact of Keystones on Gravel Bed Morphology

Speaker

Chris McKie

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Abstract

PDF PDF

F1D Presentation 3

Title

Sediment Dynamics in Semi-Alluvial Urban Streams

Speaker

Peter Ashmore1 & Matilde Welber2

Affiliation

1Western University / 2University of Trento

Abstract

PDF PDF

- F2 Sessions [11:00 AM - 12:15 PM]

F2A - Policy: Innovative Application, Using Pre-Existing Legislative Tools to Manage Connected Systems

F2A Presentation 1

Title

Influencing the next Generation of Rural Drainage Design

Speaker

Tim Brook & Sid Vander Veen

Affiliation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Abstract

Not yet available

F2A Presentation 2

Title

Policy Innovation: Using Existing Drainage Legislation to Create Healthier, Holistically-Functional Drainage Channels

Speaker

Sarah Fleischhauer

Affiliation

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Abstract

Not yet available

F2A Presentation 3

Title

The Drainage Act - in Mississauga? How a Rural Regulatory Tool Was Used to Address Urban Flooding

Speaker

Bill Trenouth

Affiliation

Credit Valley Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2B - Innovation: Improving Natural Channel Design Procedures

F2B Presentation 1

Title

Meander Belt Width Procedures: Developing Predictive Model for Southern Ontario

Speaker

Julia Howett

Affiliation

Western University

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2B Presentation 2

Title

Improvements in Fluvial Modelling to Support the Assessment and Restoration of River Reaches with Eroded Banks

Speaker

Yannick Rousseau

Affiliation

Concordia University

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2B Presentation 3

Title

Examining Slope Instability Dynamics along a Small Bank Slope Using Tree Ring Growth Anomalies in Central New York State, USA

Speaker

Matthew Vetta

Affiliation

Credit Valley Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2C - Hydromodification: Understanding the Morphological Impacts of Urbanization and Examining Solutions

F2C Presentation 1

Title

A Review of the Impacts of Urbanization on River Morphology: Current Knowledge, Industry Practices, Challenges and Future Opportunities

Speaker

Ben Plumb & Jeff Hirvonen

Affiliation

GeoProcess Research Associates Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2C Presentation 2

Title

Experience from the Chesapeake Bay - Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Principles and Adaptations in Urban Stormwater Retrofitting and Stream Restoration

Speaker

Glenn Muckley

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2C Presentation 3

Title

Pocket Wetlands as Additions to Stormwater Treatment Train Systems: A Case Study from a Restored Stream in Brampton, ON, Canada

Speaker

Jason Krompart

Affiliation

Credit Valley Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2D - Resilience: Exploring the Concept of Resilience in Natural Channel System

F2D Presentation 1

Title

River Beads as a Conceptual Framework for Building Resilience into River Management

Speaker

Dr. Ellen Wohl

Affiliation

Colorado State University

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2D Presentation 2

Title

Geomorphic Resilience: An Argument for a Modified Definition

Speaker

Kayla Goguen

Affiliation

Western University

Abstract

PDF PDF

F2D Presentation 3

Title

Resiliency to Resiliency: A Sociogeomorphic Approach to Rivers

Speaker

Danielle Barr

Affiliation

Western University

Abstract

PDF PDF

- F3 Sessions [1:45 PM - 3:25 PM]

F3A - Policy: Tools and Approaches to Protect and Restore Natural Channel Systems

F3A Presentation 1

Title

Restoring Degraded Urban Rivers in the Quebec Policy Context, Proposing Non-Structural Solutions and Convincing Decision Makers

Speaker

Geneviève Marquis & Hugues Lachance

Affiliation

J.-F. Sabourin and Associates

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3A Presentation 2

Title

Development of a Rehabilitation Strategy over Multiple Subwatersheds to Support the Implementation of Large-Scale Development Projects in Regulated Redside Dace Habitat

Speaker

Imran Khan1 & Emily Funnell2

Affiliation

1Beacon Environmental / 2Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3A Presentation 3

Title

Mitigation Approaches to Fund Stream Restoration Projects

Speaker

J George Athanasakes

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3A Presentation 4

Title

Monetizing Fish Habitat Credits

Speaker

Brad Fairley

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3B - Innovation: Forward Thinking, New Approaches for a New Day

F3B Presentation 1

Title

Planting Design Considerations for a Changing Climate as It Relates to Natural Channel Design

Speaker

Amy Bennewies

Affiliation

Into the Woods

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3B Presentation 2

Title

Refining Policies regarding Setbacks for Surface Water Features in the City of Ottawa

Speaker

Jennifer Boyer1 & Cynthia Levesque2

Affiliation

1City of Ottawa / 2Kilgour & Associates Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3B Presentation 3

Title

Connecting the Dots: Natural Channel Restoration Based on Communal Approaches to Urban Drainage

Speaker

Shannon Malloy & Karen Chisholme

Affiliation

Credit Valley Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3B Presentation 4

Title

Emergency Response Leads to Bank Stabilization Needs in Prince Albert, SK - Introducing Natural Channel Techniques to a New Region

Speaker

Amber Garrett & Heather Amirault

Affiliation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3C - Stream Restoration Projects: Finding Harmony Where Infrastructure Meets the Streams

F3C Presentation 1

Title

Culvert Controlled Morphology in a Constrained Urban River: A Case Study in Geomorphic Analysis for Asset Management Decisions

Speaker

Jeff Hirvonen & Ben Plumb

Affiliation

GeoProcess Research Associates

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3C Presentation 2

Title

Collaborating to Protect Municipal Infrastructure and Restore Redside Dace Habitat

Speaker

Matt Johnston

Affiliation

Toronto and Region Conservation

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3C Presentation 3

Title

Channel Design at Road Crossings: Design Constraints and the Consideration of Fluvial Geomorphic Processes

Speaker

Mark Wojda

Affiliation

Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3C Presentation 4

Title

Barefoot Box Culvert

Speaker

Christopher Pfohl

Affiliation

R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3D - Stream Restoration Projects: Systems over Silos, Taking in the Whole Picture Approach

F3D Presentation 1

Title

Critical Relationships between Streams and Their Floodplains: Implications for Stream Restoration Project Design

Speaker

Fred Dobbs1 & Paul Villard2

Affiliation

1Nottawasaga Conservation Authority / 2GEO Morphix Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3D Presentation 2

Title

Erosion and Runoff Mitigation for Water Quality Enhancement for a Rural, Northern Ontario Community

Speaker

Ed Gazendam1 & John McDonald2

Affiliation

1Water’s Edge / 2Matrix Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3D Presentation 3

Title

In the Wake of the Ash Borer: Collaborative Ecological Restoration and Erosion Mitigation in Oakville’s Taplow Creek

Speaker

Anna Howes & Ash Baron

Affiliation

Aquafor Beech Ltd.

Abstract

PDF PDF

F3D Presentation 4

Title

Managing the Relationships between Watercourses and Riparian Wetlands

Speaker

Cara Hutton1 & Nyssa Hardie2

Affiliation

1GEO Morphix Ltd. / 2Natural Resource Solutions Inc.

Abstract

PDF PDF

Sponsorships and Exhibiting

Network, Build Relationships, Share Information and Promote your Product or Service and Reinforce your Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Sponsorship and Exhibiting IconThis event couldn’t happen without the support of sponsors and exhibitors and we would love for you to become involved. This is your opportunity to showcase your products and services. The conference format includes:

  • Ice-Breaker evening reception at the University of Guelph’s Bullring
  • Two full days of concurrent sessions, panels and workshops
  • Three keynote speakers
  • Student poster session
  • Living lab
  • Exhibit hall
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Young Professional Social – will take place prior to the Ice-Breaker reception. Watch for further details in upcoming newsletters.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Training Day! 3 learning opportunities available on Wednesday May 23rd.

We will hear from practitioners, scientists, academics, and policy makers who can share their knowledge and innovation in order to deliver new ideas and approaches to problem solving.

The following provides information on sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities. Have a look – no matter what your budget is, there is always a way to promote your organization to the many delegates, speakers and exhibitors and display your organization’s commitment to a sustainable future. I hope you will consider the 6th Natural Channel Systems Conference for these opportunities.

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please contact Karen Anderson Conference Coordinator 1‑888‑274‑1364 ext. 103 | karen@allsetinc.com

- Package Information & Sponsorship and Exhibitor Registration Form [PDF PDF]
- Exhibitors’ Guide [PDF PDF]

Sponsor List

Floorplan and List of Exhibitors

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Natural Channels Exhibitor Floorplan

  1. Ecosystem Recovery Inc.
  2. Water's Edge Environmental Solutions Team Ltd.
  3. Matrix Solutions Inc.
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  6. GEO Morphix Ltd.
  7. Aquafor Beech Limited
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Dates and Location

Dates and Location IconThe 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems takes place May 23rd to 25th, 2018 at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

Registration Rates

Registration IconRegistration is now open! Submit your online registration by completing the following form.

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See below for registration rates and ensure you look over the Preliminary Program to choose which sessions you wish to attend.

Registration Rates

Sign up for all 3 days an get an additional discount. Delegates registered for May 24th and 25th who are ALSO participating in one of May 23rd training day events can receive an additional discount of $25 for Regular delegates and $10 for NGO and Students. Use the following codes to receive your discount:

  • To receive a $25 delegate discount, use discount code NC3dayD
  • To receive a $10 Student discount, use discount code NC3dayS
  • To receive a $10 NGO discount, use discount code is NC3dayNGO
Training, Workshops, and Tours
(May 23)
Channel Design Principles Training and Tour: Sediment Transport, Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification Course
Regular $125 $125 $260
NGO* $100 $100 $260
Student* $80 $80 $260
Two Day Package
(May 24 and 25)
One Day Package
(May 24 or 25)
Early Rate
(until April 16)
Late Rate
(starting April 17)
Early Rate
(until April 16)
Late Rate
(starting April 17)
Regular $320 $420 $210 $260
NGO* $210 $210 $125 $125
Student* $160 $160 $110 $110

*Please see Additional Registration Information below to see if you qualify for these discounted rates.

Additional Registration Information

About the Registration Rates

All registrations received after Thursday, May 18, 2018 will be processed ON-SITE. Space is not guaranteed for onsite/walk-in registrations.

Qualifying NGO's (Non-Governmental Organization) or students carrying at least 50% of a full-time course load qualify for discounted registration rates. Students must include their student identification number on the registration form, where indicated, in order to receive a discounted rate.

Based on financial limitations, your NGO may qualify for a discounted rate. Please contact the Event Coordinator, Karen Anderson, for more information.

All rates quoted are in CDN funds and are subject to 13% HST.

Space Availability

Seating at all concurrent sessions is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as registrations are received. Session substitutions will only be allowed if space permits.

Attendee Substitutions

Attendee Substitutions are allowed by contacting the Registrar prior to the symposium.

What Your Registration Includes

Your 1 or 2-Day Package includes admittance to all Conference sessions, lunch and coffee breaks for the day on which you are registered.

Contact Information

General inquiries, contact:
Karen Anderson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 1-888-274-1364 ext. 103
E-mail: karen@allsetinc.com

Accommodations and Parking

Accommodations IconThere are many choices of accommodations in and around Guelph. We have secured space at the University of Guelph on-campus residence and at the Delta Hotel located across the street from the university campus.

On Campus: The option of traditional rooms (East Residence) and townhouses are available for our conference delegates. Rates range from $48 (students) and $60 (adult) to $114, per person plus taxes and service charges. There is also an option to add breakfast. Parking is included for delegates staying on campus – for further details see below.

Use the following link to see details on accommodation options, rates, and to book your room on-campus.

Delta Hotel: A limited discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Guelph Conference Centre at 50 Stone Road West until April 23, 2018. Cost is $144 for guest room with 2 Queen beds and $154 for a one bedroom suite with a Queen sized bed, plus applicable taxes. Please note that hotel parking is an additional charge. For on-campus parking details, see below. For delegates wanting to reserve outside of Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24, please call the Delta directly at 1-519-780-3700.

Use the following link to book your accommodations at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Guelph Conference Centre, or input Group Code UO4UO4A while checking availability.

Parking

Parking IconIf you are staying at one of the University of Guelph Residences:

For delegates staying overnight at the University of Guelph residence, parking is included in the accommodation rates. You will receive a Green parking pass upon check in and the front desk will advise you on what parking lots you may park in.

If you are a commuting to the conference or staying at a local hotel including the Delta and want to park on campus:

Conference delegates can purchase a discounted parking pass before they arrive on campus by using the following link. This pass must be printed and placed on the vehicle dashboard while on campus. This pass allows you to park in P13, P14, P15, and P30. Parking is $7.96 per day, plus tax.

6th Conference on Natural Channels Systems Planning Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Cassie Schrembri, Credit Valley Conservation
  • Sally-Beth Betts, Credit Valley Conservation

Past Co-Chairs

  • Jeff Hirvonen, GeoProcess Research Associates
  • Mariette Pushkar, Ecosystem Recovery

Conference Committee Members

  • Alexandra Veglio, Credit Valley Conservation
  • Andrea Bradford, University of Guelph
  • Bill Trenouth, Credit Valley Conservation
  • Ed Gazendam, Water’s Edge
  • Jack Imhof, Trout Unlimited Canada (retired)
  • Jacqui Empson Laporte, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
  • Rick Portiss, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Event Coordinators

  • Karen Anderson and Mario Maillet, Allset Inc.

Conference Advisory Committee Members

  • Brad Fairley, Stantec
  • Jaclyn Cockburn, University of Guelph
  • Jeremy Blair, City of Mississauga
  • Shannon Baker, Waterfront Toronto

Contact Us

Contact Us IconKaren Anderson
Conference Coordinator, 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems
karen@allsetinc.com
1-888-274-1364 ext. 103

Resources

  1. Post-Construction Monitoring Workshop Summary [PDF PDF]
  2. Post-Construction Monitoring Workshop Tabular Results [PDF PDF]

2016 Presentations Available for Download

2016 Presentations Day 1

Training

A Primer of Key Disciplines in NCS Applications
Jack Imhof, Trout Unlimited Canada

Keynote

Partnering with Nature’s River Restorers
Colin Thorne

M1A

Streamline Your Design with Civil3D (Part A & B)
Randy Brook and Hamish Trenam, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

M1B

Meander Belt Width Procedures: Developing a Regional Model for Southern Ontario
Imran Khan, Beacon Environmental Limited

Regional Reference Curves for Small and Medium Watercourses in Southern Ontario
Trevor Chandler, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Limitations and Misuse of the Rapid Geomorphic Assessment for Preliminary Characterization of Channel Stability
Robin McKillop, Palmer Enviromental

M1C

Twenty Plus Years Since the Rural Ontario Data Base and Relationships was Produced. Looking Back to Look Forward
Bill Annable, University of Waterloo

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology: Where Have We Come from, Where Do We Go?
Dr. Roger TJ Phillips, Western University and Aquafor Beech Limited

M1D

Pilot Study - Environmental and Infastructure Vulnerabilities to Climate Change - Implications for Natural Channels
Karen Hofbauer, Matrix Solutions Inc.

Freedom Space for Rivers: An Economical Approach to Sustainable Management in a Changing Climate
Joanna Eyquem, AECOM

State of Climate Change Science and Practice in the Great Lakes Basin: A Focus on Climatology, Hydrological and Ecological Effects
Glenn Milner, Ontario Climate Consortium - Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

M2A

Pipeline Associated Watercourse Crossings Fisheries Self- Assessment Tool
Lucas Warner, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Once Upon a Gravel Pit: Reconnecting Floodplain through Aggregate Extraction
Crystal Allan, Grand River Conservation Authority

Treatments to Mitigate Aquatic Habitat Impacts Associated with Land and Resource Developments
Marc Gaboury, LGL Limited

M2B

The Science and Practice of Erosion Threshold Theory in Applied Geomorphology
Dr. Roger TJ Phillips, Western University and Aquafor Beech Limited

M2C

Proponent-Led Habitat Banking
Brent Valere, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Regulatory Approvals for Stream Restoration - Two Approaches to DFO Authorization
Jessica Kellerman, City of Waterloo

M2D

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Stream Rehabilitation Projects: Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Monitoring
Dean Young, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Temporal Changes in Terrestrial Biota Observed through Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Natural Channel Design Monitoring Program 2-14 Year Post Restoration
Lyndsay Cartwright, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

M3A

The “Threshold” of Habitat: Spawning Salmon in a Restored Threshold Channel
Jeff Muirhead, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

2-D Hydraulic of Proposed Fish Ramp to Design for Fish Passage Potential
Bradley Burrows, Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

M3C

Changes in Fisheries Act, Policy and Review Process
Thomas Hoggarth, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fish Habitat Offsetting in Pristine Wilderness: Regulatory Challenges
Heather Amirault and David Luzi, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

M3D

Long-Term Erosion Monitoring on Niagara Escarpment Watercourses
Anna C.J. Howes, Aquafor Beech Ltd

2016 Presentations Day 2

Keynote

Integrating Biological Design Criteria into Channel Rehabilitation Projects
Marc Gaboury

T1C

Using a Systematic Approach to Natural Channel Designs and Agricultural Stewardship
Sarah Fleischhauer, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

The Scott Drain – Integrating Natural Channel Design, Controlled Drainage and Agricultural Practices
Geoff King, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

T1D

River Bank Rehabilitation in Sandbed Channels
Ahmed Siddiqui, GEO Morphix Ltd.

Where Does All the Sediment Go? Modelling the Sixteen Mile Creek Sediment Plume
Jeffrey Doucette, GHD Limited

T2A

Review of Redside Dace Habitat Corridor Realignments: Morphology, Sedimentology and Habitat Suitabiltiy within Aged Natural Corridor Designs
Paul V. Villard, GEO Morphix Ltd.

T2B

Avonhead Creek Daylighting Project: Field Monitoring Techniques to Understand Watershed Hydrology
Jayeeta Barua and Karen Chisholme, Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Reconstruction of Amberlea Creek Valley Corridor to Protect Frenchman’s Bay Provincially Significant Wetland
Robert Amos, Aquafor Beech Ltd

T2C

Lost Land Reclamation in N.O.T.L Irrigation Channel
Brandon Cormier, Devron Sales Ltd.

Use of Drainage Act Assessments to Evaluate Costs of Rural Natural Channel Design
Tim Brook, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Educating the Appropriate Target Audience for Stewardship Initiatives
Jacqui Empson Laporte, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

T2D

The Quasi-Stability of Urban Stream Channels and the Importance in Bed Material Transport
Bill Annable, University of Waterloo

Bedload Transport in Urbanized Creeks with and without Stormwater Management
Elli Papangelakis, University of Waterloo

T3A

Erosion and Sediment Control for Stream Restoration in Canada
Harry Reinders, R & M Construction

Erosion and Sediment Control: Can We See the Forest for the Trees?
Brad Fairley, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

T3B

Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Environmental Flow Needs
Cassie Schembri, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and Wolfgang Wolter, Ecosystem Recovery Inc.

The Influence of Erosion Control Criteria on Stormwater Management Facility Design
Aaron Farrell, Amec Foster Wheeler and John Parish, Parish Aquatic Services

Designing Stormwater Management Facilities to Minimize Downstream Watercourse Impacts
Mike Gregory, Computational Hydraulics International

T3C

The Effects of Aquatic Vegetation Growth on Discharge Calculation in Natural Watercourses: A High-Resolution Study Featuring Novel Techniques
Lorenzo Brignoli, University of Waterloo

Using Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Modelling to Quantitatively Assess Fish Habitat Improvements
Nick Hodges and Joanna Eyquem, AECOM

Habitat Suitability Modelling
Amanda McKay, Matrix Solutions Inc.

T3D

The Role of Eco- Hydraulics in the Restoration of a Degraded Urban Stream
Ian D. Smith, Urban & Environmental Management Inc.

2016 Conference

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