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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

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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

Contemporizing Traditional Water-Architecture: Birkha Bawari, a 21st-Century Step Well
Tuesday 15 October 230-4pm.  Rm 223 Moses Hall
Presented by A Mridul, Architect, Jodhpur, India

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Step wells are large wells that allow people to descend via steps to the water table, where they can obtain water to carry back up to the surface.  These features were widespread in India and in active use from the 2nd century AD to the end of the 19th Century, when they were superseded by more modern water infrastructure of canals and pipes and largely forgotten.  Today these step wells are being revisited as sustainable water management features, and appreciated for their exquisite beauty.  Following traditional patterns, a new such step-well was recently built in Jodhpur, a water-stressed city on the fringe of the Thar Desert of India, with capacity of >17 million liters of rainwater.  Architect A Mridul discusses step wells and his design for the Jodhpur well, using site-quarried sandstone and local artisans.

A Mridul is a Jodhpur-based architect whose practice emphasizes integrating cultural heritage, contemporizing traditional practices to make them timeless and relevant to current generations.  He is passionate about the ancient water heritage of India and has been campaigning for its regeneration, mainstreaming and replication.

This talk is presented as part of the Institute of International Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Water Management: Past and Future Adaptation and is co-sponsored by the Institute for South Asia Studies.

15th Annual Berkeley River Restoration Symposium

Save the date for the 15th Annual Berkeley River Restoration Symposium! This will include a keynote talk, presentation of graduate student research in river restoration, and discussion by expert panel. Our keynote speakers this year will be:

Hervé Piégay – ‘Revitalizing rivers: learning from the European experience?’

Damion Ciotti – ‘Process-Based Design Criteria for Ecological Restoration’

More details to come.

Adaptive Management for an International River Basin: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River Treaty between the US and Canada has been recognized as an innovative example of the bi-national management of the water resources of an international river. However, when the Treaty was ratified in 1964, it did not adequately consider the rights and responsibilities of tribes and First Nations or local residents, ecological functions such as fish and fish habitat, instream flow needs, river processes and ecology, etc. Additionally, the treaty did not address issues such as water requirements for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses, river transport and recreation, water quality, or potential changes in runoff characteristics and water temperature as a result of climate change. The United States and Canada are currently renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty and incorporating ecosystem function into the agreement, which was originally designed for hydropower generation and flood control, is a central theme. Both parties agree that an adaptive management framework will be critical to achieving these multiple objectives and treaty renegotiations are widely seen as providing an opportunity to modernize the treaty by including consideration of the above issues.

On May 9, 2019 the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, Institute of International Studies, and Riverlab hosted a workshop on incorporating adaptive management (AM) into a modernized Columbia River Treaty. Scientists, policy experts, and representatives of First Nations and Tribes from Canada and the US met at UC Berkeley to present and discuss principles of adaptive management, successful precedents, and consider issues of legal perspectives, climate change, and power management relevant to revising the 55-year old treaty.

Reflecting the conclusions of the workshop was a one-page communiqué sent to US and Canadian negotiators in Washington and Ottawa. A more detailed summary of the workshop recommendations will be posted in the near future.

The program for the workshop is available here, and PDF versions of the presentations from the workshop are available below:

New study: Estimating the benefits of widespread floodplain reconnection for Columbia River Chinook salmon
We are excited about a recent study co-authored by RiverLab masters student Tyler Nodine, which was recently published by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences!
Using a combination of remote sensing and machine learning algorithms, the study estimates the potential benefit of floodplain reconnection throughout the Columbia River Basin (CBR) to Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) parr. The study found that connected floodplain width was the most important factor for determining side channel presence, and estimated a 26% decrease in side channel habitat area from historical conditions. Reconnection of historical floodplains currently used for agriculture could increase side channel habitat by 25% and spring Chinook salmon parr total rearing capacity by 9% over current estimates.
This publication came out of the Tyler’s work at NOAA at the Northwest Science Center. The paper is  can be downloaded directly here.
Bond, M. H., Nodine, T. G., Beechie, T. J., & Zabel, R. W. (2018). Estimating the benefits of widespread floodplain reconnection for Columbia River Chinook salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 1–15.
Could the Anthropocene Be an “Urbanocene”?

Michel Lussault, University of Lyon

Monday 22 April 4-530pm, 315A Wurster Hall


A 2004 publication of the IGBP (Global Change and the Earth System) postulated that the Anthropocene really began with what was called “the great acceleration” of the 1950s, based on a clear break in the evolution of societies and the economy, and in the functioning of the earth system.  Lussault argues that this break was linked to the start of massive urbanization of the planet. The Anthropocene would thus be an “urbanocene”, that is to say, a spectacular evolution of the earth system, with urbanization as a primary driver.  The seminar is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Global Metropolitan Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies interdisciplinary faculty seminar Water Management: Past and Future Adaptation.


Michel Lussault is a  geographer and professor of urban global studies at the University of Lyon, (Ecole Normale Supérieure), France. A well-known specialist in urban studies and theoretical geography, he has published many books and scientific papers, and given lectures in universities throughout France and elsewhere. Since 2005 his research has centered on global urbanization as a new “milieu” for people, issues of urban vulnerability, “spatial care” as a framework for understanding global change adaptation, and the urban anthropocene.  He received an 8-year grant from the French National Program “Investments For Future” to create a new intensive and elite scientific and graduation program, Lyon School of Urban Anthropocene Studies (

SF EPA hiring scientists and engineers

San Francisco Environmental Protection Agency is hiring an Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist, an Environmental Protection Specialist, and a Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist. See details in job postings here.