Effects of Watershed Development and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems

An Engineering Foundation Conference

August 4-9, 1996
Snowbird Resort and Conference Center
Snowbird, Utah, USA


About This Conference

Historically, evaluation of urban land uses and stormwater management facilities has relied, almost totally, on chemical analysis of stormwater runoff entering receiving systems. There is a greater recognition that water quality is only one component of an evaluative process. Receiving systems must also be considered for impacts to the aquatic community in terms of habitat, diversity, and abundance of stream dwelling organisms.

The focus of this conference is to recognize that comprehensively understanding aquatic ecosystems is a necessary component of any overall effort to evaluate watershed health related to our use of watersheds. An ecological survey can function as a preliminary screening tool to determine whether adverse impacts are occurring within a watershed, and whether those impacts are related to hydrologic, morphological and riparian, or water quality factors, or a combination.

The results of the ecological evaluation would determine whether more detailed monitoring or analysis is necessary. In addition, ecological evaluations can be a valuable tool in assessment of stormwater management program effectiveness, and can serve as an alternative monitoring approach to traditional chemical monitoring to evaluate the relative health of receiving systems. Ecological considerations represent another tool that needs to be considered when evaluating the impact of watershed activities or gauging the effectiveness of protection strategies.

This conference will assist in establishing and defining relationships that may exist between traditional, emerging, and possible future approaches to conducting watershed analyses.

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

 Earl Shaver, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Richard Horner, PhD

Conference Co-Chairs:

Michael E. Cook, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Christine Anderson, Director of Public Works, Eugene, Oregon

Conference Program

Preliminary Program

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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