The Clackamas River Basin Council is pleased to present:
On March 9, the Clackamas River Basin Council will launch a year-long series of free seminars about our unique watershed and its natural resources, from the river’s birth in alpine springs to its confluence with the Willamette River. Subjects range from geology, water quality and forestry to fish, recreational, cultural and public policy issues. The series consists of 33, one-to-two hour sessions, taught by local and internationally-recognized experts.
The Clackamas provides drinking water to more than three hundred thousand humans who live and work in suburban Portland and is a resource, classroom and playground for tens of thousands more, including conservation professionals, anglers, rafters, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts as well as timber producers, nursery farmers, agricultural landowners and many others.
There is no charge for the seminars, which will be held via Zoom. Live sessions will offer time at the end each for questions and answers. They will be recorded for viewing on YouTube at a later date if attendees cannot make the live seminar date. Registration is requested in order to provide attendees with the correct links.
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Below is a list of seminar subjects, their dates and content. All classes are on Tuesdays. Please visit our site regularly to see updates to this list and instructions to access each class.
- Seminars that begin at 6:00 p.m. are intended for a general audience. Seminars that begin at 2:00 p.m. will contain more technical content and are intended for practicing scientists, engineers and agencies personnel, although anyone is welcome to attend.
- Seminar prerequisites are suggestions only. Anyone may attend any class, but to get the most out of a class, the prerequisites, where noted, will be helpful.
- Registration information coming soon – check back here and sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications about the conference’s development: http://eepurl.com/gkj9lz
|Date & Time||Seminars||Content||Suggested Prereq.||Speakers|
|WATER1: Intro to the Clackamas River Watershed||An introduction to the basin, including stakeholders and users, key concerns and how you can get involved||None||Cheryl McGinnis, Executive Director, Clackamas River Basin Council & David Bugni, Board Member, CRBC|
|GEOLOGY1: An Introduction to Western Oregon Regional Geology||Geologic overview of the western Cascades||None||Sheila Alfsen, Portland State University|
|GEO2: An introduction to the Lower & Upper Clackamas River Basin: Geology and Earth Resources||Geologic overview of the lower and upper Clackamas River Basin||None||Clark Niewendorp, Geological Society of the Oregon Country|
|GEO3: Geologic Hazards in the Clackamas River Basin||Geologic hazards from rock falls and landslides to seismic issues.||GEO1||Charlie Hammond & Brent Black, Cornforth Consultants|
|GEO4: The Soils of the Clackamas River Basin||Soils of the basin – common types, how they originated and what they can support||GEO2||Cory Owens, Natural Resources Conservation Service|
|AGRICULTURE1: Agriculture within the Clackamas River Basin||An overview of agriculture in the basin||None||Mike Bondi, OSU Extension|
|CLIMATE1: Clackamas River Basin Climate||Weather & climatology, projected changes in temperature, rain and snow through 2050/2100,|
climate and land use change impacts on water quality and water quantity,
current and future fire risk,
potential basin adaptation & mitigation strategies
|None||Paul Loikith, Andy Martin, Max Nielson-Pincus, Junju Chen, Andrés Holz, Portland State University|
|GEO6: Hydrology, Geomorphology and Stream Processes||GEO6: TBD depending on speaker’s preference||GEO4||Peter Wampler, Grand Valley State University|
|GEO7: Hydrology, Geomorphology and Stream Processes||GEO7: TBD depending on speaker’s preference||GEO6|
|FORESTRY1: Historic, current and future tree species distributions, forest types & forest stressors within the basin||Forested areas within the basin, how have forests changed over the millennia and stressors to, or within, our forests||None|
|FOR2: The importance of forests along streams||Extents (by species, age class and geographic distribution) and benefits of riparian areas and canopy cover.||FOR1|
|FOR3 Evaluating the effects of forest stand age distribution on aquatic ecosystems & Wildlife use of structural retention patches||How does stand age and harvest method affect aquatic ecosystems and wildlife habitat?||FOR2|
|FOR4 Wildfires in the Clackamas River basin (past & present)||History of wildfire in the basin, mitigation strategies (community and individual levels). Post wildfire assistance for landowners & communities||FOR1|
|FOR5: Effects of climate change on forests in the basin and projected wildfire intensity and frequency||What do current models say and how should we better prepare our community and surrounding forestlands?||FOR4|
|FOR6: Benefits of the Clackamas River basin’s forests: from enjoyment and resource to carbon storage||Economic benefits of wood and non-wood forest products and forest recreation in Clackamas River basin. Other benefits of forests||FOR1|
|FISHERIES1: How clean is the water? An introduction to the water chemistry of the Clackamas River basin||An overview of the main chemical constituents in surface waters. How are constituents related to one another and what do they tell us about the waters in the basin?||None|
|FIS2: Primary producers, detrital energy sources, trophic relationships, nutrient dynamics and species interactions within the Clackamas River basin||Gain a better understanding of interspecies relationships (from algae, insects and freshwater mussels to fish and mammals), Food web dynamics, and how do these things change seasonally & spatially across our watersheds?||FIS1|
|FIS3 Anadromous fish, trout and lamprey species (past and present) within the Clackamas River basin||A description of the primary native salmonid, trout and lamprey species present in the basin, historical context (fish species distributions and abundances). Migration patterns of each species. A description of the primary non-native or invasive fish species present and their interactions with native species.||FIS2|
|FIS4: Habitat capacity, restoration potential and other factors considered in fish habitat restoration||Linking habitat capacity and restoration potential, high intrinsic potential, habitat requirements and the importance of cold water. Limiting factors common in the Clackamas River basin.||FIS3||Nick Ackerman, Portland General Electric|
|FIS5: Overview of fish hatcheries in the Clackamas River basin||Update on fish hatcheries: what is the role of hatcheries now and in the future? What has worked/not worked?||FIS2|
|FIS6: Interactions and behaviors of native and hatchery-reared fish||Opinion on hatchery and native fish genetics and probable impact on the survival of targeted species. Genetic differences and what they mean.||FIS5|
|FIS7: Fish field surveys – what are they telling us?||What are current bull trout, salmon, steelhead and lamprey ODFW spawner and juvenile snorkeling surveys telling us? Update on the results of PGE’s North Fork Adult Fish Sorting Facility.||FIS4|
|FIS8: Historic and probable current and future effects of human development & population growth, fishing, dams and hatcheries on the Clackamas River basin||Impacts to date: The 4 Hs (harvest, hydropower, hatcheries (see FIS4), habitat). What does it take to maintain healthy populations of fish (salmon & trout) and lamprey species?||None|
|FIS9: An introduction to stream restoration and protection practices for the landowner||Man-made restoration measures (appropriate for the landowner): Fish passage barrier removals and replacements, road modifications/removals, water quality improvements, removal of non-native plant species and replacement with native plant species. Funding possibilities.||FIS3|
|FIS10: Fish habitat restoration effort successes, the ODFW STEP program and restoration partnerships||Update on restoration efforts in streams. Update on the ODFW STEP program. Important partnerships in stream restoration and outreach||FIS3|
|FIS11 Advanced stream restoration and protection practices – manmade restoration measures||Human-made restoration measures: placements of engineered log jams,|
boulders & spawning gravels, construction of channel modifications.
Urban placements and their effectiveness. How will a changing climate affect restoration implementation & priorities? Which restoration measures should be implemented relatively quickly and where?
|FIS12: Advanced stream restoration and protection practices – biological aspects||Biological aspects:|
biological response to wood placements. Limitations of artificial placements, effects of stream size.
|FIS13: Natural stream modifiers: beavers, landslides, windfalls & wildfires||Biological: An introduction to beavers. Physical: landslides, windfalls, wildfires||GEO7|
|FIS14: Large-scale restoration plans within the Clackamas River Basin||Clackamas Partnership Strategic Restoration Action Plan and other locally-created, related, current plans. Update on the Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) of the federal Northwest Forest Plan. How resilient is the basin and its watersheds to fish population recovery?||FIS12|
|FIS15: The economics of fish habitat restoration||Economic studies of the effectiveness of restoration strategies (large wood, boulders, spawning gravels, fish passage). Fish habitat models.||FIS14|
|HRS1: Human recreational, Native American and social interactions within the Clackamas River Basin||Historical context of stewardship in the Basin, including Native Americans’ past & current stewardship and restoration projects. How is the public using and accessing the rivers and creeks (boat launches, count/state parks)? Angling uses and hatchery interactions.|
Stewardship & education.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice topics and issues within the basin
|HRS2: How public policy shapes the Clackamas River basin: past, present & future||Update on the successes and failures of public policy (local, state and federal levels) regarding the protections of threatened fish species within the basin as well as other protections of threatened flora and fauna that affect riparian areas. Socioeconomic implications of any policy recommendations||HRS1|
|Conference Roundtable & Wrap-up||An overview of the entire conference and where do we go from here?||HRS2|