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6th Annual Meeting

April 13-14, 2006
University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Efficient Sustainability in a Dry Land

We in California are proud to host the first AEES meeting in the West and so would like to give it a Western flavor. We do have floods, but out here in the semi-desert, we usually have water shortages. That occasional westerner, Mark Twain, said, "Whisky is for drinking; water's for fighting" or something like that. As the population expands we need more efficient use of the water we have.

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Meeting Agenda

Wednesay, April 12, 2006

Field Trips

7:00 pm: Wetlands in Wine Country

Evening Mixer & AEES Social - Raleigh's Bar and Restaurant, 2348 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA


Thursday, April 13, 2006

7:45 am - 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast 

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Welcome Dr. Alex Horne and Conference Committee Plenary Session: Ecological Engineering in Arid Climates

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Dr. Daniel Kammen Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) UC Berkeley

9:30 am - 10:15 am: Dr. Denise Reed Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of New Orleans

10:15 am - 10:45 am: Coffee Break 

10:45 am - 11:15 am: Plenary Session (cont.): Ecological Engineering in Arid Climates Dr. Alex Horne Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Plenary Speaker Dr. G. Mathias Kondolf Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm:

  • Session I: Ecological Approaches to Urban Development 

  • Session II: Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis 

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Coffee Break and Posters 

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm:

  • Session I: Ecological Approaches to Urban Development (cont.) 

  • Session II: Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis (cont.) 

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm: Business Meeting 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Social at Dr. Horne's Home, with panoramic view of San Francisco Bay 875 Bates Ave, El Cerrito

Friday, April 14, 2006

7:45 am - 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast and Poster Session 

9:30 am - 9:45 am:

  • Session III: River Restoration 

  • Session IV: Engineering Sustainable Agriculture 

9:45 am -10:15 am: Coffee Break and Posters 

10:15 am - 11:30 am:

  • Session III: (cont.) River Restoration 

  • Session V: Ecological Engineering and Waste Management 

11:30 am - 12:45 pm: Lunch (on your own)

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm:

  • Session VI: Monitoring Ecological Health 

  • Session VII: Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Management 

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm:

  • Session VII: Ecological Engineering in the Developing World 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm: Break 

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Student Design Competition Award Ceremony 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Wrap-up Discussion 

Saturday, April 15 - Sunday, April 16, 2006 

Post conference trip: Treatment Wetlands at Lake Tahoe

Field Trips

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Wednesday, April 12th: Wetlands in Wine Country

Join us for a day of wine tasting and wetlands education in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the morning, we'll travel to beautiful Lodi County (land of great old vine Zinfandel) and take a look at how wetlands are used to treat winery wastewater. Dr. Alex Horne will give a guided tour of ponds and wetlands he's designed for the famed Talus Winery. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Carneros region of Sonoma County (known for its excellent Pinot Noir) and learn about the opportunities and challenges facing tidal wetland restoration projects along San Pablo Bay. Dr. Stuart Siegel and Christina Toms will lead a tour of multiple restoration sites including Sonoma Baylands, Tolay Creek, and Petaluma River Marsh. We'll lunch on Italian goodies at Viansa Winery and take a look at wildlife wetlands the winery has restored along Sonoma Creek. Cost will be approximately $50/person and will cover transportation and lunch.

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Saturday, April 15 - Sunday, April 16: Treatment Wetlands at Lake Tahoe

If enough people are interested, we'll head up to the incredible, gorgeous high Sierras for some late-season snow sports and a look at how tertiary wastewater treatment wetlands are reducing pollution in Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. Barring a really bad La Nina, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snow-tubing should all be viable options for the weekend. If not, there's always gambling in Reno!!! Cost will depend on how many people are interested, so please let us know ASAP.

Student Design Competition


The first annual student design competition will be held at the AEES Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California during April 2006. The competition will be modeled after other successful engineering design competitions but will be based on the unique qualities of ecological engineering. Since the designs in ecological engineering are living ecosystems constructed by engineers, the AEES design competition will involve student teams creating ecosystems which are then judged by established criteria. 


An aquatic microcosm will be constructed using a 10 gallon (40 liter) aquarium with water and seeding of biota from local sources at the conference site. Water quality (salinity, nutrients, aeration, pH, and other parameters that define the quality 2 of water) is part of the design. Also, any aquatic biota can be used in the design as long as it is collected locally. Creativity in the microcosm designs come from the mix of species seeded into the system and any additional hardware components added to the ten gallon (40 liter) aquarium. The period of microcosm construction will be the day prior to the start of the conference and will be like the “Junkyard Wars” TV program with students scrambling to find and connect hardware and collect biota during a limited time period. Student groups will be asked to make oral presentations on their designs at the time of judging. These presentations should describe the biota and hardware of the design along with any special features that characterize the constructed ecosystem. 


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