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The Second International Conference on Natural Channel Systems: Stream Corridors Adaptive Management and Design

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From the Conference Summary

"On March 1-4, 1999, the Second International Conference on Natural Channel Systems was held in Niagara Falls Canada. The conference provided a forum for the exchange of information relating to stream corridor restoration and management, and presented some ideas from other jurisdictions. Through plenary and concurrent sessions, a luncheon address and a panel discussion, the theme of adaptive environmental management of stream corridors was explored. The conference brought together close to 300 resource managers, practitioners, academics and a variety of disciplines interested in achieving healthy and sustainable river and stream corridor systems. The conference was co-sponsored and supported by an unprecedented number of agencies and non-government associations demonstrating the shared concern about the state of health of rivers in our society today. The discussion that follows is a summary of some ideas that were explored at the conference."

Useful for:

Watercourse rehabilitation to minimize bank erosion and failure
Flood prevention and management
Bridge crossings/removal
Fish habitat rehabilitation and compensation
Agricultural drainage and maintenance
Watershed monitoring
Watershed planning

Additional Information

Author: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Publication Date: 1999
Publisher: Watershed Science Centre



Organizing Committee


Conference Proceedings

Plenary Session 1
Welcome to Ontario - David DeLauney
River Restoration and Management in Australia - Phil Price & Nick Schofield
Urban Stream Restoration - Don Roseboom
Natural Fringe Benefits: Stream Corridors in the Danish Agricultural Landscape - Bent Madsen
Luncheon Session
Floodplain management into the 21st Century - Gerald Galloway
Session 1 - Terms of Reference and Financing
Terms of Reference for Natural / Engineered Channel Systems - Michael D' Andrea
Municipal Asset Management - Financing Ecological Assessment and Long Term Management of Engineering / Natural Channel Systems - Bill Snodgrass
Cost Estimation of Stream Restoration Projects and Engineered / Natural Channel Systems in Ontario - Bill Snodgrass
Commentary on Tools for Evaluating Ecological Communities for Developing a Terms of Reference for Natural Channel Systems in Urban Areas - Bill Snodgrass
Ecological C onsiderations in Developing a Terms of Reference for Stream Restoration Projects and Engineered / Natural Channel Systems in Ontario - Kevin Trimble
Session 2 - Community Involvement
Designing and Managing Communication Channels - David Calderisi
Are We Prepared, and is the Community Ready for Adaptive Management of Our Stream Corridors? - Vicki Barron
Community Involvement in Rehabiliation Projects and Fisheries Management Plans - Larry Mellors
Session 3 - Sustainability
Restoring Sustainability in the Don Watershed - Toronto - Deborah Martin Downs
Stream Erosion and the Law - Who Is Liable? - Ivan Lorant
Little Etobicoke Creek - A Natural Channel Design Case Study for Urban Streams - Lamoire Alexander
Session 4 - Case Studies
Environmental Restoration of Stream Habits - Variations in Approach Based on Physiographic Region - Rob Steele
Across Canada Perspective on Natural Channel Design - Shawn Taylor
Aquatic Habitat Compensation for Bridge Construction Projects - Doug Clark
Session 5 - Obsticles
Abitibi Canyon GS Tailwater Habitat Study - Charles Hendry
Stabilization of Wooded and Non- wooded Tidal Streambanks Adjacent to Landfills at a Military Facility - Harris Martin
Bank Stabilization with Ecological Engineering - Ghislain Brunet
Session 6 - Planning and Land Use
Post Assessment of the Shriners' Creek Ecological Design - - Anne Yagi
Grand River Fisheries Management Plan - A Cooperative Approach - Norm Smith
Riverine Science Reqirements - Leon Carl
Session 7 - Watershed Management
The Watershed Report Card: Watershed Management From A Community Perspective - Michelle Jessop
Watershed Management Process - From Idea to Implementation - Brian rushinski
A Watershed Information Management System for Moose River Basin - Chiadih Chang
Session 8 - Legal and Institutional Aspects
Common Law Aspects of Watercourse Management for Public Bodies - Theresa McClenaghan
Plenary Session 2
Foodplain Restoration in the Upper Rhine Basin - Urlike Pfarr
The Rainy River Watershed Program - Jennifer Mercer
Attractors and Phase Shifts in Complex Systems Like Streams - Henry Regier
Session 9 - Design Applications
River Restoration Channel Design: Back to the Basics of Dominant Discharge - Martin Doyle
Bedform Sequences as the Principal Design Component of Natural Channels - Mark Hartley
What would we do without Rosgen? : Rational Regime Equations and Channel Design - Peter Ashmore
Session 10 - Environmental Restoration
The Structure and Habitat of Running Water - Bob Newbury
Hillsburgh Natural Channel Project - Bob Morris and Mitch Wilson
Naturalization Projects in Southern Ontario and Their Predicted and Measured Results - Glenn Harrington
Session 11 - In the Field
Pools, Riffles and Channel Morphology of Erosional Streams in Southern Ontario - Gillian Foster
Field Requirements for the Preparation of Channel Designs - John Parish
Hydrological verses Physical Features: Which is the Best Approach to Assessing the Bankfull Channel Dimensions in 1st and 4th Order Natural Channels - Les Stanfield
Session 12 - Innovations
Toward a Practical Approach for Applied River Morphology - Tai Bui
Hydraulic Behaviour of Flexible Channel Lining Systems - Bahram Gharabaghi
Assessing the Impact of Urbanization on Channel Morpology Using Channel Enlargement and Relaxation Curves: Humber Creek Case Study - Craig MacRae
Session 13 - Riparian Corridors
Evaluating the Function and Effectiveness of Linear Riparian Habitats as Ecological Corridors - David Stephenson
A Procedure for Establishing a Riparian / Valley Classification System for Management - Jack Imhof and John Fitzgibbon
Session 14 - Monitoring and Field Methods
On The Design of Natural Channels: Decisions, Direction and Design - Bill Annable
An Objective and Repeatable M ethodology for A ssessing the Productive Capacity of 1st to 4th Order Natural Channels - Les Stanfield
Session 15 - Innovations and Environmental Restoration
Re- building Environmental Function in Stream Channels - Robbin B. Sotir
Twenty Mile Creek Fluvial Geomorphology Study - Michael Benner
Temperature Model Application to Evaluate Stream Naturalization - Don Weatherbe
Session 16 - Urban Issues
Some Techniques for Accurate Short / Medium Term Streamflow Monitoring - Larry Thompson
Can On- line Stormwater Management and Natural Channel Design Co- exist? - Ray Guther
Application of Morphologic Characterization to Urban Watersheds for Developing Stream Restoration Techniques - Chris Estes
Session 17 - Cost / Benefit of Using Natural Materials
An Economic Analysis of the Benefits of Stream Rehabilitation - Diane Dupont
Cost Estimates for Soil Bioengineering and Hard Structures in Ontario Stream Projects - Tim Patterson
The Evaluation of Channel Design Options - Mike Fortin and Joe Farwell
Session 18 - Land Use
Use of Mobile and Immobile Channel boundaries for Bank Stabilization At Salmon Creek, Washington - Martin Doyle
Integrating Conventional Engineering, Ecological Function and Aesthetic Value To Design Watercourse Crossings In Urban Drainage Systems: Toll Highway 407 Case Studies - Andreas Stenzel
Cooksville Creek Rehabilitation Plan for a Rockbed Stream in an Urban Setting - Ray Tufgar
Session 19 - Stream Corridors
Combining a Golf Course Re- Design with Natural Channels - Lessons Learned from a St. Catharines Urban Stream - Anne Yagi
Wildlife and Riparian Corridors - Jane Bowles
River Management to Protect the Great Barrier Reef - Nick Schofield and Michelle Devlin
Session 20 - Environmental Restoration
Kingfisher Creek - A Watershed Restoration Project - Jan den Dulk
Recovery Potential of a Modified Stream Channel in the Eastern Corn Belt Plain Ecoregion of Ohio - Steve Phillips
Restoring Fish Habitat Using Vortex Rock Weirs - Brad Glasman
Final Plenary
A Future Perspective o n North America's Freshwater Ecosystems - Bob Naiman
Conference Summary
Second International Conference on Natural Channel Systems Stream Corridors: Adaptive Management and Design - A Conference Summary - Ala Boyd


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For orders outside Canada, please call 1.705.748.1011 Ext.7049