Salmonid Restoration Federation
March 26 - 29, 2024
Santa Rosa, California

Nature-like Fishways: Modern Perspectives and Techniques

26 - 27 March 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop Coordinators: Tyler Kreider, PE, Kleinschmidt; Mike Garello, PE, HDR, Inc.; Mike Love, PE, Michael Love & Associates

This instructor-led workshop will be organized by the American Fisheries Society - Bioengineering Section, with funding from the Resources Legacy Fund, to present a two-day nature-like fishway workshop. This in-person workshop will occur within over two days and will be instructed by several leading practitioners in the field of NLF implementation, including representatives from both private and public agencies. The current list of speakers includes Michael Garello (HDR), Michael Love (MLA), Jessica Pica/Jesus Morales (USFWS), Tyler Kreider (Kleinschmidt), Bjorn Lake (NOAA), Barry Chilibeck (NHC), Brian Cluer (NOAA), Randy Beckwith (CA DWR), and Marcin Whitman (retired CDFW). The goal of the workshop is to share knowledge of nature-like fishway design and long-term stability observations among practitioners, regulators, and operators to improve the collective awareness of contemporary NLF science and design methodologies to ultimately provide more effective and sustainable passage for fish. This workshop is anticipated to include the following topics:

  1. History and state of nature-like fishways
  2. Application of NLFs to natural and built environments
  3. Site reconnaissance, project assessment, project development
  4. Identifying data and modeling needs and necessary in-field data collection 
  5. Example design methods, practices, constraints, and uncertainties – also highlight current/forthcoming design guidance documents
  6. Construction methods and oversight
  7. Monitoring
  8. Lessons learned from previously constructed NLFs
  9. Risk evaluation in NLF Design
  10. Getting the right rocks and placing them for long-term stability
Meadow Dam by BAL