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SWAMP - California Aquatic Bioassessment Workshop 2005

November 1 and 2, 2005
U.C. Davis, California

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Item # Presentation
8:30-9:30 Registration


Welcome to UC Davis and the State Water Resources Control Board’s Training Initiative/Academy Program – Nancy Ellen Barker, UCD Extension – Land Use and Natural Resources, Davis, California and Emelie Reyes, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

Welcome and Objectives of the Meeting – Jim Harrington, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) – Office of Spill Prevention and Response

10:00-10:30 Update on the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program and What the Future Has in Store for Us – Del Rasmussen, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

EPA National Perspective on Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment – Janet Hashimoto, U.S. EPA Region 9, San Francisco

11:00-11:20 Break and Poster Session
11:20-11:50 Update on the Western Pilot Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program and New Tools for Use in California – Paul Ringold, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Corvallis, Oregon
11:50-12:20 RIVPACS Model Used for the State-Wide Condition Report – Charles Hawkins, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
12:20-12:50 Probabilistic Assessment of the Biotic Condition of Perennial Streams and Rivers in California - Pete Ode and Andy Rehn, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) – Office of Spill Prevention and Response
12:50-2:00 Lunch and Poster Session
2:00-2:30 An Index of Biotic Integrity for the Eastern Sierra - David Herbst, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), Mammoth Lakes, California
2:30-3:00 The Use of Fish Index of Biological Integrity for Assessing the Quality of Sierra Foothill Streams – Rob Titus, DFG
3:00-3:20 Regionalizing the State-Wide Probabilistic Sampling Design for Use in California Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP) Biotic Condition Reports. Tony Olson, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Corvallis, Oregon
3:20-3:40 Break and Poster Session
3:40-4:00 Discussion Session on Use of State Wide Condition Assessments


Item # Presentation
Theme: Challenges for Bioassessment in Southern California
9:00-9:20 Ventura River Watershed Assessment Strategy Used by the County Stormwater Program - Darla Wise, County of Ventura and Scott Johnson, Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories
9:20-9:40 The Los Angeles Regional Board Strategy for SWAMP and Incorporating Bioassessments in the NPDES Program – Michael Lyons, Los Angeles RWQCB
9:40-10:00 Integrated Surface Water Monitoring Strategy for Southern California – Ken Schiff, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
10:00-10:30 Tiered Aquatic Life Use for the Nation and in SoCal: Challenges and Implementation Strategies - Michael Barbour, Tetra Tech Inc., Owings Mills, Maryland
10:30-10:50 Discussion Session on TALU in SoCal
10:50-11:10 Break and Poster Session
Theme: Citizen Monitoring and Reporting on Water Quality Assessments
11:10-11:25 Training of Citizen Monitor for Producing SWAMP Compatible Bioassessment Data – Jim Harrington, DFG
11:25-11:45 Strategy for Incorporating Volunteer Monitor Data into SWAMPRoss Clark, California Coastal Commission
11:40-12:00 National Perspective on Volunteer Monitoring – Eleanor Elly, Volunteer Monitor Newsletter, San Francisco


Discussion Session on the Use of Volunteer Data in SWAMP
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Poster Session
1:30-1:50 Klamath River, Oregon and California, Bioassessment Studies in Relation to Hydropower Relicensing - Earl Byron and Jeff Tupen, CH2M HILL, Sacramento


New Zealand Mudsnails in the Western USA and their Impacts on Water Quality - David Richards, EcoAnalysts Inc. Center for Aquatic Studies Bozeman, MT

2:20-2:40 Invertebrate Inventory of Streams and Springs Draining into Lake Davis in Preparation for a Future Rotenone Treatment – Lori Powers and Glenn Sibbald, DFG
Theme: Methods Standardization and Comparability
2:40-3:00 History and Evolution of the California Stream Bioassessment Procedure (CSBP) with Emphasis on Physical Habitat Assessments – Jim Harrington, DFG
3:00-3:20 The Use of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) in Riparian Assessments and for Use in SWAMP Josh Collins, San Francisco Bay Estuary Institute (SFEI)
3:20-3:40 Moving Toward a Standardized Physical Habitat Procedure for SWAMP – Pete Ode, DFG and David Herbst, SNARL
3:40-4:00 Discussion Session  on SWAMP Standard for Physical Habitat Assessments