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SWAMP - California Aquatic Bioassessment Workshop 2006

November 29-30, 2006
U.C. Davis, California

Wednesday / Thursday

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 29

Item # Presentation
8:00-9:00 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
9:10-9:20 Welcome and Objectives of the Meeting – Jim Harrington, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) – Office of Spill Prevention and Response

Status Report on the Programmatic Bioassessment Elements of California's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)Tom Suk, Regional Water Quality Control Board 6, and Pete Ode, California Department of Fish and Game – Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (ABL)

10:00-10:40 Washington State Stream Biological Monitoring Program: History of Development and Inclusion of Critical Elements - Robert Plotnikoff, Principal Scientist, Tetra Tech, Inc. Center for Ecological Sciences Seattle, WA


11:00-11:30 Assessment of Aquatic Biological Communities Along a Gradient of Urbanization in the Willamette Valley Ecoregion - Ian Waite, US Geologic Survey (USGS), Portland, OR
11:30-12:00 Aliens in Western Stream EcosystemsPaul Ringold, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Corvallis, OR
12:00-12:20 Assessing Physical/Habitat Condition of Wadeable Streams and Rivers Using EMAP Style ProtocolsPhil Kaufmann, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Corvallis, OR.
12:20-1:50 Lunch
1:50-2:10 Update on the Integrated Surface Water Monitoring Strategy for Southern California including Results of the Low Gradient StudyKen Schiff and Raphael Mazor, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
2:10-2:30 Development of a Periphyton IBI for Southern California StreamsBetty Fetscher, SCCWRP
2:30-2:50 The California Nutrient Numeric Endpoints Framework: Overview and Example ApplicationClayton Creager, Tetra Tech, Calistoga
2:50-3:10 The Importance of Quality Assurance/Quality Control in Bioassessment and Physical-Habitat ProtocolsBeverly van Buuren, Quality Assurance Research Group Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
3:10-3:30 Break
3:30-3:40 Update on Southwestern Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists (SAFIT) Organization and Recent Meeting – Joe Slusark, ABL – CSU Chico
3:40-4:10 An Interesting Aquatic Insect Project: Holomorphology, Life History, Delayed Development and Mate Searching Behavior of Isogenoides (Plecoptera: Perlodidae)John Sandberg, ABL

Thursday, NOVEMBER 30

Item # Presentation
9:00-9:20 The Use of Factor-Ceilings in BioassessmentsJim Carter, USGS, Menlo Park
9:20-9:40 Response Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Assemblages to Catchment-based Measures of Landscape Alteration and Hydrologic Infrastructure Across Spatial Multiple Scales in the Western U.S.Jason May, USGS, Sacramento
9:40-10:00 Development of Stressor-Specific Tolerance Values for Western Benthic MacroinvertebratesAndy Rehn, ABL
10:00-10:20 Adapting PHab Protocols for Diagnosing Aquatic Life Impairment Related to Sediment David Herbst and Jeff Kane, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL)
10:20-10:40 Linkages Between Sediment Supply, Streambed Conditions, and Benthic Macroinvertebrates in the Klamath National Forest: Implications for Sediment Tolerance ValuesMatt Cover, University of California, Berkeley
10:40-11:10 Break
11:10-11:30 Bugs, Algae and Bioenergetics – Applications to Hydroelectric Peaking Flows in the Klamath RiverRuss Kanz, State Water Resources Control Board
11:30-11:50 Emerging Aquatic Nuisance Species in California and the Pacific Southwest RegionJoseph Furnish and Travis Coley, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
11:50-12:10 More Than One Can of Worms: 30 Years of Macrobenthic Monitoring in the Upper San Francisco Estuary – Heather Peterson, USGS, Menlo Park


Using Periphyton to Help Establish Numeric Water Quality Criteria and Nutrient Reduction TargetsScott L. Rollins, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Spokane Falls Community College
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Dealing with New Zealand Mudsnails in California and Procedures to Limit the ThreatBrian Finlayson, Pesticide Investigation Unit, DFG


Conductivity Limits Growth and Survival of the New Zealand Mud Snail from the Upper Owens RiverDavid Herbst, Mike Bogan, and Rob Lusardi, SNARL
2:20-2:40 Impacts of New Zealand Mudsnails on Water Quality and Bioassessment Metrics: A PreludeDavid Richards – EcoAnalysts Inc. Center for Aquatic Studies Bozeman, MT
2:40-3:00 Break
3:00-3:20 Gradients in Channel Geomorhology Along the Upper Owens River in Relation to the NZMS and the Native Benthic CommunityDavid Herbst and Rob Lusardi, SNARL
3:20-4:00 Discussion Session: What To Do About New Zealand Mud Snail in California Streams and Rivers – Susan Ellis – CDFG, Mark Abramson – Heal the Bay, David Richards, Brian Finlayson and David Herbst