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Applications open now: ReConnecting Big Rivers collaboration with Jackson State University

Five students and 2 faculty members from JSU will visit Berkeley and conduct field visits to leveed landscapes along the Sacramento River and Delta (19-22 May 2022), and a similar group from Berkeley will visit JSU (Fall 2022) and conduct field visits along the Mississippi River. At the end of each visit, student teams will present their ideas from the weekend’s field visits and brainstorming.

Applications are due 10am Friday 22 April 2022. Learn more →

Student Presentations and Publications – 16th Annual River Restoration Symposium

A Social Analysis of the San Marcos River
Lilly Byrd

Carbon sequestration potential on a reconnected floodplain: insights from the Cosumnes River, California
Britne Clifton

Fire and Water: Establishing a Geomorphic Baseline for a Perennial Stream in the Walbridge Fire Footprint
Morgan Cooney, Adrienne Dodd, and Molly Oshun

A Restoration on Yongding River, Beijing
Yifan Feng

Salinas River: Historical context, maintenance, and biodiversity
MaFe Gonzalez

The impact of water level fluctuation on vegetation: An assessment of Zhenjiang Section of Yangtze River
Trista Hu

Riparian vegetated buffer in Chinese urban wetlands: a case study of Xixi wetland, Hangzhou
Karen Jin and Jingyi Chen

Restoring San Leandro/Lisjan Creek: Re-establishing Sacred Relationships as Pathways toward Decolonization
Janet Le

The Urban Gauntlet for Steelhead Trout: A Reconnaissance Study of Habitat in Upper Bollinger and Little Pine Creeks, Contra Costa County
Ali Parmer, Derek Morimoto, and Rebecca Kaliff

Understanding the water, understanding the canyon: establishing a baseline study of the Redwood Canyon reach of Cerrito Creek in Blake Garden
Camille Thoma and Dulce Rivas

The Social Evaluation of the Interval River of Shanghai Houtan Wetland Park
Peixuan Wu, Yuetian Wang, and Zhehang Li


Poet Lewis Macadams is well-known to river afficionados thanks to his visionary work to respect and restore the Los Angeles River. Founder of the NGO Friends of the Los Angeles River, MacAdams was instrumental in putting the river ‘on the map’ for the public, and ‘on the radar’ of the political life of Los Angeles, leading to the City’s River Master Plan in 1991 and the River Revitalization Master Plan in 2007. MacAdams passed away last April at 75, but the news of his loss was largely eclipsed at the time by the chaos created by the COVID pandemic and economic dislocation. An essay Shall We Gather at the River? published by the Poetry Foundation provides a fascinating biography of MacAdams, tracing his earlier years in New York, Buffalo, and Bolinas, before moving to Los Angeles four decades ago and adopting the river. MacAdams’ book-length poem, The River, is out of print but is worth seeking out from the library until it is reissued.

MacAdams was a featured speaker at (and a key inspiration for) the conference The Future of the Concrete Channel convened by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in November 2013, organized by Matt Kondolf and Raymond Wong. The conference program featured these topics and speakers:

Policy background Scott Nicholson USACE HQ, Rethinking flood control 23 years later Phil Williams PWA-ESA, Overview of concrete channels around the SF Bay Raymond Wong, UCB, A historical perspective Bill Kier, Kier Associates, Contra Costa County Mike Carlson CCCFC, Santa Clara County Jim Fiedler, SCVWD, Menomonee River David Fowler, Milwaukee MSD, Resonance in contemporary culture Chip Sullivan, UCB, David Fletcher, California College of the Arts, A 50-year plan for Contra Costa Streams Mitch Avalon, CCCFC, The Ala Wai Canal project feasibility study Scott Nicholson, Replacing aging concrete channels David Fowler, MMSD, Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project Carol Armstrong, City of Los Angeles, Evolving concepts of restoration Lewis MacAdams, FOLAR, Overcoming barriers to reinventing concrete channels Jeff Haltiner, UCB & ESA-PWA, Kathy Schaefer, FEMA, Louise Mozingo, UC Berkeley, Mitch Avalon, CCCFC; Ralph Johnson, Alameda County.


With great regret, we cancel the 2020 shortcourse at Sagehen Creek Field Station, due to the many complications arising from the CVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in avoiding problems in holding the shortcourse at the station.  Those already registered are entitled to a full refund or may defer their participation to next year’s course offering, 16-20 August 2021.   We apologize for this very disappointing news, but look forward to better conditions under which we can once again hold the course next year.  We thank you for your understanding.


Matt Kondolf and the Sagehen Teaching Team

Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration

Environmental Scientist: Regulatory Compliance Specialist – Pacific Watershed Associates

Pacific Watershed Associates is seeking applicants for the position of Environmental Scientist: Regulatory Compliance Specialist based in their office in McKinleyville, Humboldt County, California. Pacific Watershed Associates Inc., established in 1989, is a full service geological, hydrological, engineering, and biological consulting firm specializing in the development of technically sound management, restoration, and environmental solutions for watershed, forest, riverine, and coastal habitats. PWA is based in McKinleyville, California with an office in Petaluma (northern San Francisco Bay Area).

The application deadline is March 17. Click on the link bellow to view the job posting.

River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools

22-26 June 2020, Beaumont du Ventoux, Provence FR

This shortcourse/workshop emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs, with specific applications and field visits to Mediterranean and mountain environments. The course draws heavily on innovative process based river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America. Instruction includes lectures, field exercises, problem sets and workshops on approaches to planning and implementing process-based restoration, with instructors drawn from both sides of the Atlantic.


What’s Past is Present: A Re-Evaluation of Cerrito Creek

Matthew Sasaki, Mingyao Wang, Thea Yang


Post-Project Appraisal of Arroyo Viejo Improvement Project, Oakland, Californi

Jonathan McCall, Eric Garcia, Jill Dressler


Case Study: Pond and Plug Restoration at the Perazzo Meadows in the Northern Sierra Nevadas

Berenice Gonzalez, Daria Kieffer, Christopher Kingsley, Beatriz Stambuk-Torres, Erina Szeto


Post-Project Appraisal of Santa Rosa Creek Restoration

Charlie Yue, Elizabeth Hurley, Elyssa Lawrence, Zhiyao Shu


The Social Life of a Creek San Anselmo Creek Park Redesign

Yuling Chen, Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz, Celina Gu, Chenny Wang


Floodplain Restoration at the Old Orick Mill Site

Chandra Vogt, Eiji Jimbo, Jason Lin, Daniela Corvillon


Geomorphic and Hydraulic Controls on Coho Salmon Outmigration in the Russian River Watershed, California

Brian Kastl, Lukas Winklerprins, Kyle Leathers, Zack Dinh, and Shelby Witherby


Persistence and Effectiveness of Livewood as Large Wood in River Restoration

Danielle Charleston, Melissa Hassler, Kelsey Wilson

Student Presentations and Publications – 15th Annual River Restoration Symposium

Evaluating the effectiveness of restored side channel habitat, Lagunitas Creek
Chris Williams, Stephanie Clarke, Rachael Ryan, Jessie Moravek

Carbon emissions of a conventional restoration project vs a river’s restorative power
Timur Maraghe, Angadpreet Brar, Natan Johnson Lennon

Comparing Vermont stream corridors with Washington State’s channel migration zones
Will Pitkin

Urban river restoration on the Truckee: social vs ecological
Spencer Lacy, Faisal Ashraf, Gurjot Kohli, Yitao Li, James Hansen

Baxter Creek Gateway Park Restoration: a post-project appraisal
Yiwen Chen, Yuanshuo Pi

Cerrito Creek within Blake Garden: Opportunities for restoration
Moyan Chen, Nery Barrera Lopez, Tanner Howe, Sara Mahmoud, Tim Cole

SF Bay Regional Water Board | Environmental Scientist

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for an Environmental Scientist in the Watershed Management Division. The position is located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612. The position will play a key role in the Region’s municipal stormwater program team, coordinating implementation of the statewide small and non-traditional municipal urban stormwater permit, and will permit of creek and wetland fill projects, including projects in the Bay margin, among key tasks.

See full job posting here.

Applications are due on or before November 22.

Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA: Integrating Ecosystem Restoration Into Flood Risk Management

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

223 Moses Hall – UC Berkeley

>> Link to program


08.30      Coffee

08.45      Welcome & Introductions

Anna Serra-Llobet, Sonja Jähnig, Matt Kondolf

09.00      Policy Innovations: USA, California, EU, Germany

Eileen Fretz-Shader (American Rivers),  John Cain (River Partners), Anna Serra-Llobet (UC Berkeley), Sonja Jähnig (IGB Berlin)

10.00      Coffee break

10.20      Successful Projects: USA, California                                                      Jeff Opperman (World Wildlife Fund), Sarah Yarnell (UC Davis), Ted Grantham (UC Berkeley)

11.20      Discussion Led by Matt Kondolf (UC Berkeley)

11.40      Group Photo & Lunch

1.00 p     Successful Projects: EU, Germany

Mathias Scholz (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig), Jürgen Geist (Technical University of Munich), Christian Damm (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

2.00p      Discussion Led by Sonja Jähnig (IGB Berlin)

3.00p      Reflections: When can flood risk management and ecosystem restoration work together?

Jay Lund (UC Davis)

3.30p      Coffee break

3.50p      Open Discussion: What can we learn from each other?  What elements can we draw from the other country to improve our approach?  Led by Heidi Hall (DWR) and Rafael Schmitt (Stanford University)

5.00p      Closing Comments  Sonja Jähnig & Matt Kondolf

5.30p      Adjourn