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Conference Presentations

October 18-20, 2016 • Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon


Below are PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations given at the conference. Click on the document-pdf icon to view in your browser or right-click to download. Click here to download a PDF version of the final agenda.

The objectives of the conference were to explore:

  • The vital role of floods and floodplains to healthy rivers.
  • How flood control and other river modifications impact the ecosystem.
  • How modernized flood risk management and floodplain restoration can benefit fish and wildlife.
  • How altered precipitation and river flow patterns brought about by climate change will affect the ecosystem of the Columbia Basin.

Day 1: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • Plenary Session

    Historical Introduction of the Columbia River Basin Shaped by the Missoula Floods

    Rick Thompson, Author and Speaker, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute

    document-pdf Columbia River Basin Hydrosystem Today

    Jen Boyer, United States Entity Secretary, Columbia River Treaty, Regional Coordination/Power Group, Bonneville Power Administration

  • Floodplain Functions and Values

    document-pdf The Behavior of Rivers: Flooding Benefits to the Ecosystem and to Fish

    Robert J. Naiman, Professor Emeritus, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington and Member, Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP)

    document-pdf Cultural Values of Floodplains

    Dr. Jeanette Armstrong, Asst. Professor and Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Okanagan Philosophy, University of British Columbia
    Dr. Marlowe Sam, Lecturer, Indigenous Studies Faculty, Community, Culture, and Global Studies, Barber School of Arts and Sciences, University of British Columbia

    document-pdf Riparian Response to an Alternative Arrow Reservoir Operational Regime in the Upper Columbia River

    Alan Thomson, Principal, Mountain Station Consultants, Inc.

    document-pdf A Vision for Sustainable and Resilient Floodplains

    Mary Lou Soscia, Columbia River Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

  • Floodplain Management Policies and Initiatives

    document-pdf Overview of Floodplain Policies

    Kevin Coulton, P.E., Certified Floodplain Manager, Senior Ecoengineer, cbec, inc. eco-engineering

    document-pdf The Role of Local Government in Flood Management

    Sangita Sudan, GM of Development/Planning, Regional District of Central Kootenay

    document-pdf Floodplains by Design: Reducing Risk, Restoring Rivers

    Bob Carey, Strategic Partnership Director, The Nature Conservancy

    document-pdf Coordinated Reservoir Operations and Flood Risk Management in the Basin

    Pete Dickerson, P.E., Engineering and Construction Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division

  • Future of Floodplains Under Climate Change

    document-pdf Estimates of Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

    Bart Nijssen, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

    document-pdf Climate Change and the Estuary

    Antonio Baptista, Director, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction

Day 2: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • Plenary Session

    Cultural Perspective of Floodplains

    David Browneagle, Vice Chairman, Spokane Tribe of Indians

  • Fish, Floodplain Restoration, and Climate Resiliency

    document-pdf Fish, Cold Water Habitats, and Climate Resiliency

    Stanley Gregory, Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University and Member, Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB)

    document-pdf Partner-driven Floodplain Restoration on the Willamette River

    Dan Bell, Director, Willamette Strategic Partnerships, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

    document-pdf A Vision for Future Integrated Floodplain Management in the Columbia Basin

    Robert Naiman, Professor Emeritus, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington and Member, Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP)
    Stanley Gregory, Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University and Member, Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB)

  • Innovative Floodplain Restoration Initiatives and Partnerships Panel Discussion

    Panel Moderator: John Sirois, Committee Coordinator, Upper Columbia United Tribes


    document-pdf Okanagan River Restoration Project

    Howie Wright, Fisheries Program Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance

    document-pdf Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan

    Phil Rigdon, Deputy Director, Department of Natural Resources, Yakama Nation

    document-pdf What Drives Innovative Partnerships in Floodplains: A local perspective

    Kaitlin Lovell, Manager, Science, Fish and Wildlife Division, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

    document-pdf Climate Resiliency and Salmon Recovery in the South Fork Nooksack River, WA: A Tribal Partnership

    Steven Klein, Research Forester, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency

    International Projects

    Richard Paisley, Director, Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative

  • Columbia River Basin Interests Panel Discussion

    Overview of Interests

    William Barquin, Attorney General, Kootenai Tribes of Idaho


    • document-pdf Transportation: Andrew Johnsen, Assistant Vice President, Community Affairs, BNSF Railway
    • Agriculture: Derek Sandison, Director, Washington Department of Agriculture
    • Agriculture: Gary Horning, Farmer, Benton County
    • document-pdf Recreation: Cindy Pearce, Executive Director, CRT Local Government’s Committee, British Columbia
  • Economic and Integrated Values of Restoration in Floodplain Management

    document-pdf Economic Value of Natural Systems and Social Actions on Flood Protection

    David Batker, Executive Director, Earth Economics

    document-pdf Benefits of Large-scale Floodplain Restoration to Flood Hazard Reduction and Water Resource Management

    Tim Abbe, Principal, Natural Systems Design

Day 3: Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • document-pdf Keynote Address

    Steven Kopecky, Deputy Associate Director, Drought and Conservation, White House Council on Environmental Quality

  • Political and Legal Challenges and Opportunities

    document-pdf Oregon Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPA): Opportunities and Obstacles

    Bonnie Shorin, Program Analyst, National Marine Fisheries Service

    Columbia River Treaty and Climate Resiliency

    Bill Bradbury, Oregon Council Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

    document-pdf Options for Better Columbia River Basin Governance

    Matthew McKinney, Adjunct Professor, University of Montana, Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance

  • Flood Perceptions Panel Discussion

    Overview of Public Perception, Social Behavior, and the Media and Need for Regional Outreach Strategies

    Moderator: Charles Hudson, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


    • document-pdf Academia: Dr. David Hall, Adjunct Professor, Systems Science Program and Department of Psychology, Portland State University
    • document-pdf Media: Hal Bernton, Staff Reporter, The Seattle Times
    • document-pdf Local Interest: Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic
    • NGO: Richard Paisley, Director, Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative
    • Tribal: Wilbur Slockish, Klickitat Chief, Conf. Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Fish and Wildlife Committee, CRITFC Commissioner
  • Executive Panel Discussion

    Regional Policy Challenges and Potential Solutions

    Moderator: Paul Lumley, Conference Moderator, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


    • US Federal: document-pdf Gayle Lear, Senior Treaty Policy and Legal Advisor, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (invited)
    • US Federal: document-pdf Lydia Grimm, Senior Policy Advisor, Bonneville Power Administration
    • US Federal: John Graves, Chief Floodplain Management and Insurance, FEMA
    • Tribal: Taylor Aalvik, Council Member and Director of Natural Resources, Cowlitz Indian Tribe
    • First Nations: document-pdf Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director, Okanagan Nation Alliance
    • State: Bill Bradbury, Oregon Council member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    • Provincial: Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review Team, British Columbia
    • Local: Jules Bailey, County Commissioner, Multnomah County


Event Hosts

Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Okanagan Nation Alliance

Upper Columbia United Tribes

Upper Snake River Tribes


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