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Klamath basin ecosystem science conference
Released: 1/27/2010 12:46:54 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-793-1534



Understanding the current science of the Klamath River Basin aquatic ecosystem and how that knowledge can inform future management and restoration efforts will be the focus of the Klamath Basin Science Conference February 1 - 5, 2010, in Medford, Oregon.

What:     Science conference will focus on how research can guide Klamath River management and restoration. 

When:     Monday – Friday, February 1-5, 2010

               (An agenda is attached, and the full program is online.)

Where:   Red Lion Hotel

               200 N. Riverside Avenue, Medford, Oregon

Who:       Scientists and representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath tribes, Oregon and California state agencies, County governments, Water Use Associations, The Nature Conservancy, Universities, and others. Reporters are welcome to attend presentations. Presenters will be available for interviews. Please call Leslie Gordon, 650-793-1534 to arrange interviews.

Conference attendees, including scientists, senior resource managers, policymakers, and stakeholders, will review new information about the physical and biological resources and aquatic ecosystems of the basin. Land and water-use activities in river, estuary, and nearshore environments will be discussed in light of proposed dam removals, salmon reintroduction, and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The conference will explore possible effects associated with climate change and aquatic invasive species and science needs for endangered species management and management of water resources for agricultural and other human uses.

More information about the conference is available online

 

Agenda

Klamath River Basin Science Conference

Medford, Oregon

 

Monday, February 1, 2010

5:00-7:00 pm Registration (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

                        Evening Reception (Grand Ballroom)

                   Hors d’oeuvres and No-Host Bar

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 1 - Setting the Stage

7:00am-4:00 pm Registration (Lobby, Red Lion)

            Continental Breakfast

 

8:00-8:10 am Welcome (Grand Ballroom)

            Walt Duffy, U.S. Geological Survey, California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

8:10-8:15 am Tribal Invocation

            Jeff Mitchell, The Klamath Tribes

8:15-8:35 am Purpose and Objectives of the Conference

            Leslie Dierauf, U.S. Geological Survey, NW Area Regional Executive

 

Science Needs and Priorities Plenary Session

8:35-9:25 am Panel on Tribal Perspectives and Science Needs

Mike Belchik, Yurok Tribe

Larry Dunsmoor, The Klamath Tribes

Michael Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe

Susan Corum, Karuk Tribe

Crystal Bowman, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

 

9:25-9:40 am Break (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion) Snack and Beverage

 

9:40-10:30 am Panel on County Perspectives

Jill Duffy, Humboldt County

Jim Cook, Siskiyou County

John Elliott, Klamath County

Roger Jaegel, Trinity County

Gerry Hemingsen, Del Norte County

 

10:30-11:30 am Panel on Federal and State Management Perspectives

Mark Stopher, California Department of Fish and Game

Robert Hooton, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Kenneth McDermond, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rodney McInnis, NOAA Fisheries

Pablo Arroyave, Bureau of Reclamation

Beth Pendelton, Forest Service

 

11:30-12:30 pm Panel on Non-Governmental Organization Perspectives

Dave Bitts, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Association

Becky Hyde, Upper Klamath Water Users Association

Greg Addington, Klamath Water Users Association

Mark Stern, The Nature Conservancy

Jack Williams, Trout Unlimited

Dean Brockbank, PacifiCorp

 

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (Provided)(Coffee Garden, Red Lion)

 

Conceptual Foundations Plenary Session

Convener/Moderator – Tommy Williams, NOAA Fisheries

1:30-1:40 pm Introduction – Tommy Williams, NOAA Fisheries

1:40-2:10 pm Natural History of Klamath Basin – Jim O’Connor, U.S. Geological Survey, and Douglas Markle, Oregon State University

2:10-2:40 pm Historical Development of the Klamath Basin (1800s To Present Day) – Mark Clark, Oregon Institute of Technology

2:40-3:10 pm Forecast of Future Conditions in the Klamath Basin - Roger Hamilton, University of Oregon

3:10-3:25 pm Break (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion) Snack and Beverage

3:25-4:10 pm A Conceptual Foundation for Ecosystem Restoration - Jack Stanford, University of Montana

4:10-4:40 pm An Integrated Science Framework from South Florida – Matthew Harwell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4:40-5:00 pm A Call for an Integrated Science Framework in the Klamath Basin – Jim Sedell, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 

5:00-6:30 pm Poster Set-Up

6:30-9:00 pm Poster Session (Grand Ballroom)

(Room will be closed from 5:00 to 6:00. Room will open at 6:00 for presenters to put up posters and will be open to the general session at 6:30.)

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 2 –Klamath Basin Science Synthesis

7:00am-4:00 pm Registration Continental Breakfast (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

 

Water Resources Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)

Convener/Moderator – William McFarland, U.S. Geological Survey

8:00-8:10 am Introduction – Doug Woodcock, Oregon Water Resources Department

8:10- 8:35 am Hydrology of the Upper Klamath Basin – Present Understanding and Future Directions - Marshall Gannett, U.S. Geological Survey

8:35 - 9:00 am Hydrology of the Lower Klamath Basin – Present Understanding and Future Directions - Mike Belchik, Yurok Tribe

9:00 - 9:25 am Factors Controlling the Aphanizomenon flos-aquae Bloom in Upper Klamath Lake - Tammy Wood, U.S. Geological Survey

9:25 – 9:50 am Overview of Trends in Phytoplankton and Toxic Cyanobacteria in the Klamath River Basin of Oregon and California - Jake Kann, Aquatic Ecosystem Sciences, LLC

9:50 – 10:15 am Klamath River Water Quality Ecological Risk Assessment Conceptual Model: A Proposal for a Comprehensive Assessment Framework - Clayton Creager, California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Steve Kirk, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

10:15 – 10:35 am Break (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion) Snack and Beverage 


Ecological Sciences and Engineering Needs for the Secretarial Determination Process Plenary Session

Convener/Moderator – Dennis Lynch, U.S. Geological Survey

10:35 – 10:50 am Overview of the Secretarial Determination Process – Dennis Lynch, U.S. Geological Survey

10:50 – 11:00 am Engineering – Tom Hepler, Bureau of Reclamation

11:00 - 11:10 am Hydrology and Climate Change – Nancy Parker, Bureau of Reclamation

11:10 - 11:20 am Water Quality and Sediment Quality – Chauncey Andersen, U.S. Geological Survey or Paul Zedonis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:20 – 11:30 am Sediment Transport and Geomorphology –Blair Greimann, Bureau of Reclamation

11:30 – 11:40 am Biology – Anadromous Fishes and Marine Species – Jim Simondet, NOAA Fisheries

11:40 – 11:50 am Biology – Resident Fishes and Terrestrial Species – John Hamilton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:50 – 12:30 pm Questions and Answers

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (Provided)(Coffee Garden, Red Lion)

 

Watershed Processes Plenary Session

Convener/Moderator – Michael Hughes, The Klamath Tribes

1:30 – 1:40 pm Introduction – Michael Hughes , The Klamath Tribes

1:40 – 2:00 pm Riparian Areas in Landscapes of Frequent Fires and Associated Patterns of Fire Severity - Carl Skinner, U.S. Forest Service

2:00 – 2:20 pm Hillslope-Channel Coupling in the Lower-Basin Geomorphic Systems: Implications for Sediment Transport and Aquatic Ecology – Tom Lisle, U.S. Forest Service

2:20 – 2:40 pm Fluvial Processes and Landforms in Low-Gradient Upper Basin Riparian Systems – Patricia F. McDowell, University of Oregon

2:40 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Measurement of Geomorphic Hydrologic and Vegetation Characteristics in Riparian Zones: A Needed Synthesis for Integrated Ecological Monitoring – Chris Massingill, University of Oregon

3:00 – 3:20 pm Improving Ecosystem Management and Restoration Through a Comprehensive Regional Bird Monitoring Network in the Klamath Basin – John Alexander, Klamath Bird Observatory

3:20 – 3:35 pm Break (15 minutes)(Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

3:35 – 5:05 pm Watershed Processes Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions will take place after the plenary session and involve as many as 10 to 11 working groups of attendees to discuss specific aspects of the broad science themes of the plenary session. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, explore, and engage in discussions related to future scientific needs for the Basin. Each working group will involve a facilitated discussion.

6:05 – 6:30 pm Poster Set-Up (Grand Ballroom)

(Room will be closed from 5:05 to 6:05. Room will open at 6:05 for presenters to put up posters and will be open to the general session at 6:30.)

6:30 – 9:00 pm Poster Session (Hors d’oeuvres and No-Host Bar)

 


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 3 – Klamath Basin Science Synthesis and Technical Sessions

7:00am-4:00 pm Registration (Continental Breakfast) (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

 

Freshwater and Marine Habitats and Communities Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)

Convener/Moderator – Pete Adams, NOAA Fisheries

8:00-8:15 am Introduction - Churchill Grimes, NOAA Fisheries

8:15-8:55 am Fishes and Aquatic Communities of the Upper Klamath Basin - Scott VanderKooi, U.S. Geological Survey

8:55-9:35 am Fishes and Aquatic Communities of the Lower Klamath River and its Tributaries - Tommy Williams, NOAA Fisheries

9:35-10:15 am Ecology and Fishes of the Estuary and Nearshore Marine Environments - Josh Strange, Yurok Tribe

10:15-10:30 am Break (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion) Snack and Beverage

 

10:30-12:00 pm Freshwater and Marine Habitats and Communities Breakout Sessions

The breakout session will take place after the plenary session and involve as many as 10 to 11 working groups of attendees to discuss specific aspects of the broad science themes of the plenary session. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, explore, and engage in discussions related to future scientific needs for the Basin. Each working group will involve a facilitated discussion.

 

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (Provided) (Coffee Garden, Red Lion)

 

1:00-2:40 pm Concurrent Technical Sessions

2:40-3:10 pm Break

3:10-4:50 pm Concurrent Technical Sessions

 

 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 4 – Conference Summary: What have We Learned? What’s Missing?

7:00-8:00 am Continental Breakfast (Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

 

Climate Change Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)

Convener/Moderator – William Woodson, U.S. Geological Survey

8:00-10:00 am Western Climate Change: Observations and Predictions – Kathie Dello, Oregon State University

Hydrologic Implications of Climate Change for the Klamath River Basin - Lori Flint, U.S. Geological Survey

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Klamath Region Ecosystems and Water Resources - Ron Nielsen, U.S. Forest Service

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases of Fish - Jim Winton, U.S. Geological Survey

Question and Answers


10:00-10:15 am Break Snack and Beverage(Pre-Function Area, Red Lion)

 

10:15-11:15 am Findings from the Breakout Sessions

Convener/Moderator – Debra Curry, U.S. Geological Survey

Watershed Processes Michael Hughes

Freshwater and Marine Habitats and Communities - Pete Adams

 

11:15-12:15 am Senior Science Managers Panel: Perspectives on Klamath Basin Science Conference

Convener/Moderator – Lyman Thorsteinson, U.S. Geological Survey

Frank Shipley, U.S. Geological Survey

Usha Varanasi, NOAA Fisheries

Hao Tran, U.S. Forest Service

William Pearcy, Oregon State University

 

12:15-12:30 pm Closing Remarks: Where do we go from here?

Convener/Moderator – Debra Curry, U.S. Geological Survey

Leslie Dierauf, U.S. Geological Survey

 

CONFERENCE ADJOURNS 


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