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9th Annual Meeting

June 24-26, 2009
Oregon State University

Hosted by the Biological & Ecological Engineering Department
Corvallis, Oregon

Engineering for Ecosystem Services: Design at the Interface of Human and Natural Systems

Welcome to the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society! The theme of this meeting is "Engineering for Ecosystem Services - Design at the Interface of Human and Natural Systems" and will feature research, assessment and design for a variety of ecosystem services at across multiple scales:

  • Engineering design and analysis ecosystem services assessments

  • Design of the landscape for regional planning and ecosystems management

  • Ecological design and restoration for streams, riparian areas, floodplains, and other landscape features

  • Ecological design of urban systems, including low-impact development, green infrastructure design

  • Research and design of phyto- and bio-remediation systems

  • Instrumentation systems and sensors for ecological engineering applications

  • Teaching and curriculum development for Ecological Engineering education

The meeting will include a combination of workshops, plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, posters, a student competition and breakout sessions.

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Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Workshop: Sustainable Principles for Land Development and Water Solutions/Natural Treatment Systems and Water Reuse (Bus Tour) - Derek Godwin, Oregon State University and Jason Smesrud, CH2M-Hill


Thursday, June 24, 2009

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome from Oregon State University President Ed Ray

9:15 am - 9:30 am: Welcome from Dean Bill Boggess 

9:30 am - 9:45 am: Welcome from Dean Ron Adams 

9:45 am - 10:00 am: Welcome and Orientation from John Bolte

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Technical Session 1: Systems 

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Technical Session 2A: Ecosystem Services 

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Technical Session 2B: Water/Wastewater Treatment 

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm: Education Roundtable 

5:00 pm: Social 


Friday, June 25th, 2009

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am - 9:45 am: Keynote Presentation – Mark Madison 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Technical Session 3A: Coupled Human/Natural Systems 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Technical Session 3B: Ecosystem Restoration 

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Technical Session 4A: Constructed Wetlands 

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Technical Session 4B: Green Infrastructure/Materials 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: AEES Business Meeting 

6:00 pm: Sit Down Dinner (Registration Required) 

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Poster Session 


Saturday, June 26th, 2009

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:45 am: Keynote Presentation – Renee Stoops

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Technical Session 5A: Riparian Systems 

12:00 pm: Conf. Adjourns – Lite lunch

Detailed Agenda with Technical Sessions

Pre-Conference Workshops

Dam Removal

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Throughout the United States, dam removal is quickly becoming a viable river restoration alternative as many dams have exceeded their useful life or are no longer needed. Likewise, alternative methods for water diversion and heightened interest in restoring natural stream processes have created opportunities to make dam removal feasible. This course is designed to familiarize attendees with the various concepts involved with dam removal projects. We will present these concepts with several case studies of recent dam removal projects including:

  • Milltown Dam - Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana

  • Savage Rapids Dam - Rogue River near Rogue River, Oregon

  • Chiloquin Dam - Sprague River near Chiloquin, Oregon

  • Gold Hill Dam - Rogue River near Gold Hill, Oregon

  • Brownsville Dam - Calapooia River near Brownsville, Oregon

  • Marmot Dam - Sandy River near Sandy, Oregon

  • Clatskanie Dam - Clatskanie River near Clatskanie, Oregon

This course is designed for professionals who want to gain a better understanding of dam removal from planning through construction and monitoring. Information will include both general information on the dam removal process as well as detailed examples from on-going and recently completed projects. The course will be useful for project managers, engineers, biologists, government agency personnel, regulatory personnel, soil and water conservation districts, irrigation districts and non-profit associations.

Sustainable Principles for Land Development and Water Solutions

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Maria Cahill, Sustainable Site Specialist with Green Girl Land Development Solutions, Portland, OR.
Derek Godwin, Watershed Management Specialist with OSU Extension Service, Salem, OR.


Urban land development has been found to be the leading cause nation-wide of degraded water quality related to non-point source pollution. Sustainable development, green development and low impact development are all words used to describe various practices aiming to decrease development impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality. This workshop will provide an overview of sustainable principles related to land development, engage participants in analyzing impacts and opportunities for some case scenarios in Oregon, and equip attendees with basic design and planning principles and sources for more detailed information. Some of the practices and principles presented will include development layouts to protect natural resources and increase on-site infiltration, rain gardens, bioswales, porous pavement, LEED platinum certified housing, rainwater harvesting, wetland treatment of wastewater, summer stream flow enhancement, ecoroofs and green streets.

The workshop will include a combination of presentations, group exercises, facilitated discussions and field tour demonstrations. The indoor portion will be at the conference center in Corvallis. The field presentations and demonstrations will be at the Pringle Creek Community in Salem and the Oregon Gardens in Silverton. Workshop presenters have a combined 25 years of experience in watershed science, land use development and education. 

Natural Treatment Systems and Agricultural Reuse

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 12:00 pm - 5:50 pm

Natural treatment systems and agricultural reuse can provide critical services for municipal wastewater systems and rely upon engineering of ecological functions. Two innovative sites operating nearby will be visited, where project designers, operators, and researchers will describe the facilities past, present, and future to facilitate a lively discussion with the group. This tour and workshop will be led by staff from CH2M HILL, Oregon State University, the City of Woodburn, and the City of Salem. Approximately 1-1/2 hours will be spent on site at the Woodburn Wastewater Treatment Facility where the following project elements will be discussed and toured:

  • Poplar Tree Plantation for utilization of effluent irrigation and biosolids (80 ac plantation operating since 1999)

  • Natural Treatment Systems Pilots Studies (in operation since 2007)

  • High rate irrigation pilot for groundwater recharge

  • Constructed wetland pilot cell for effluent cooling and hyporheic discharge

Approximately 45 minutes will be spent at the City of Salem Natural Reclamation Facility where several wetland treatment facilities have been operated for pilot testing since 2004. The discussion and site walk will address the following facilities:

  • Vertical flow wetlands

  • Overland flow wetlands

  • Habitat wetland cells

  • Constructed wetland cells


Wireless Sensors and Sensing Networks Workshop

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop is designed for those who are interested in adding wireless capability to their repertoire of field measurement techniques. It will provide a brief background on the capabilities and limitations of wireless sensing, with a focus on self-organizing mesh networks with real-time web data servers. It will also provide hands-on experience for students to set up and get data off a network of sensors.  No specialized knowledge of sensors, radios, or web-interfaces will be required to participate.

LiDAR Remote Sensing Workshop

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has become an increasingly valuable tool for providing data to support engineering designs and analyses for ecosystem services. The base LiDAR-derived product of a high-resolution, high-accuracy bare earth digital terrain model allows for a number of engineering assessments ranging from flood hazard mapping to the impact of dam removal on channel morphology. LiDAR derived products serve as a springboard to inform additional modeling related to other landscape features such as vegetation and urban infrastructure.

This workshop is intended to familiarize participants with airborne LiDAR particularly the key considerations when incorporating the LiDAR data in design and planning projects intended to improve ecological services. Course content will include:

  • Introduction to airborne LiDAR, including acquisition technology and instrumentation: sensor capabilities, static geodetic controls, and ground check points.

  • Considerations for data acquisition, particularly the interplay between the physical, spatial and temporal characteristics of the study area (location, predominant land cover, terrain, prevailing weather and vegetation conditions – leaf-on/leaf-off - at targeted acquisition ).

  • Data processing and modeling procedures, Overview of the LiDAR processing workflow to include system calibration, ground point classification, QA/QC, and reporting. The session will cover the generation of basic products such as contour maps, model key-points, and digital elevation models.

  • Case studies, including integration with other spatially explicit data: Case studies in which LiDAR data have been pivotal to ecosystem engineering applications will be reviewed, with discussion of the project’s parameters for data acquisition as well as opportunities for data fusion (e.g., with ground-based LiDAR, bathymetric data, thermal infrared imagery, digital orthophotos).

Post-Conference Tours

Tyee Wine Cellars Tour

Friday, June 26, 2009 from 1:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us after lunch, for a tour of the Tyee Wine Cellars, one of Oregon’s finest wineries and a Century Farm. Transportation will be provided for the short drive through part of our lovely Willamette Valley. The tour will start with a visit to the wine tasting room, sampling Tyee’s Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Noir. This will be followed by a guided tour led by Tyee’s owner, Dave Buchanan, through parts of the Century Farm’s 460 acres, highlighting watershed stewardship. Tyee’s vineyards and orchards are certified salmon safe, with no run-off of any kind into lakes, or streams. Then it will be back to the Wine Cellar for a delicious catered dinner with a no-host bar and music provided by one of Corvallis’ own. Please meet in front of LaSells Stewart Center no later than 1:15pm and please be prompt!

McKenzie River Rafting Trip

Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Float down the scenic McKenzie River from Finn Rock to Helfrich Landing. (3-4 hours depending upon the flow of the river) Participants should dress appropriately for what the weather is for the day. If we have warm weather, shorts and tee shirt tops are fine, if cool weather is the trend then dress in rain type gear. Shoes should be either tennis style or river sandals. Everyone will have wet feet, the rafts are self-baler's. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended if the weather dictates. Dry bags will be provided for personal gear. Lunch will be included. 

Oregon Coast and Oregon Coast Aquarium

Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm


Road trip by bus, along historical and scenic road through Oregon’s Coastal Range to the spectacular Oregon Coast. We will depart around 9:30am for a 90min drive to Newport, OR. Registrants will have time to spend in Old Town, Newport, located on the Yaquina Bay, where you will have the opportunity to go souvenir shopping, visit Art Galleries, visit Mariner’s Square, walk to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and much more. Lunch will be on your own followed by a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium at 2:00pm. 

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