Workshops (5 May)

DIY electronics for ecohydraulics (10:00-16:00) – Cost Can$240

Welcome to the world of DIY electronics for ecohydraulics! In this one-day short course, you will learn the basics of open-source hardware and software. The aim of the course is to give you an introduction to Arduino-based microcontrollers, low-cost sensing of water temperature and water levels, logging your data as a text file to a standard SD card, and some tips and tricks we have learned along the way to keep your devices running both in the lab and in the field. As part of the course fee, you will be provided with a full data-logging system which you can take home with you to measure temperature and water levels. The code repository for this course will also be provided open source for you to continue to develop and share your own DIY designs. Registration costs include open-source software and hardware for logging water temperature and water level, which you can take home and continue developing your own DIY electronics, and coffee break.

This is a one-day course (6 hours):
10:00 – 11:00: The DIY electronics workflow
Introduction to microcontrollers, sensors, connecting sensors to microcontrollers, data collection, storage and power supply.
11:00 – 12:00: Connecting your first sensor PT1000 for water temperature measurement, ultrasonic water level sensor.
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00: Logging data to SD, interfacing the SD card with the sensor data, including time stamps in data logging
14:00 – 15:00: Making your hardware and software work in wet environments
Common mistakes, tips and tricks to get DIY electronics working in the lab and field
15:00 – 16:00: Open discussion


Fuzzy logic workshop (13:00-16:00) – Cost Can$75

Fuzzy logic has been used in fish habitat models over the course of the last decades to illicit experts on habitat preferences. It allows to use information from observations and experience of experts in a way close to natural thinking. Unlike preference curves, fuzzy logic allows to consider the multidimensionality of habitat. The seminal work of Klaus Jorde and Matthias Schneider has led to the construction and dissemination of the CASIMIR model (Computer Aided Simulation Model for Instream Flow and Riparia) that uses fuzzy logic. A number of high level programming languages such as Matlab and R also offer fuzzy logic packages.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize the participants with fuzzy logic theory and its application to fish habitat modelling. Specific objectives include:

  1. A review of basic fuzzy logic theory
  2. An overview of existing tools and examples of implementation
  3. Construction of fuzzy sets and rules
  4. An example of application

The participants will be provided with an opportunity to have hands on experience via
programming exercises and applications with real data sets.


EcoENet workshop for students and early careers (12:30-16:30) – Absolutely Free!

Join ECoENet’s Biannual Meeting: Navigating Ecohydraulic Challenges!

About the Workshop
Theme: Local Challenges & Global Networking in Ecohydraulics.

What to Expect
Interactive Sessions: Including fun activities, a keynote address, polls, and ice breakers.
Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers and experts in ecohydraulics.
Global Perspective: Focus on ecohydraulic research and practices in North America and beyond.
Feedback & Future Directions: Share your views and help shape the future of ecohydraulics.

Who Should Attend
Early career researchers and professionals.
Anyone passionate about interdisciplinary environmental research and networking.

Why Attend
Gain insights into the latest ecohydraulic and fish passages challenges and solutions.
Become a part of a vibrant community dedicated to advancing ecohydraulics.
Free opportunity to expand your knowledge and professional network.

Register Now: Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a global ecohydraulics conversation! Join us in shaping the future of ecohydraulics at

Application of MesoHABSIM workshop (13:00-16:00) – Cost Can$175

Mesohabitat Simulation Model (MesoHABSIM) is a planning tool for the effective river restoration planning. This physical habitat simulation model describes the utility of instream habitat conditions for aquatic fauna, allowing the user to simulate a change in habitat quality and quantity in response to alterations of flows or river morphology through human use of rivers. The accompanying Sim-Stream software integrates field collected physical habitat data with biological observations, and performs the calculations necessary to quantitatively evaluate the impact of human actions on the fish communities. These actions may include: water withdrawals, channel alteration, dam removal/construction, and climate change scenarios. Sim-Stream includes multiple reporting options such as community habitat rating curves, time series charts, ACTograms, and supports comparison of simulated scenarios with Restoration Alternative Analysis. MesoHABSIM has been applied worldwide for defining environmental flows at local and continental scale, river restoration and dam management planning. The half-a-day workshop will present the elements and procedure of model development, demonstrate the software and include river site visit for data collection exercise. The examples of applications will be presented and discussed.

Piotr Parasiewicz, Associate Professor, Head of River Fisheries Department, National Inland Fisheries Research Institute

Dam removal: Identifying & addressing critical issues (9:00-16:00) – Cost Can$200

This one-day course will help you a solid foundation in dam removal such that you can gather the desktop data you need, readily identify critical issues in the field, and learn how to address these issues. This course is targeted to river restoration practitioners near the beginning of their dam removal careers who are looking to remove dams and are seeking advice and tools with which they could better solve the challenges they might face on future projects. This one-day course will focus on the technical aspects of small dam removal, including key issues surrounding engineering, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and hydraulics, regulatory hurdles, ecological impacts, and socioeconomic concerns.

Your instructors have been removing dams since the mid-1990s, have successfully removed hundreds of dams in the United States, and have been involved in a wide variety of global dam removal efforts. Our approach to this one-day course is to open a dialogue with the participants, determine where they are on their journey to restore rivers and share with them the many things we have learned along our journey. To do this we have developed this highly interactive short course, where participants will get a chance to break off into smaller groups to review data and maps and identify the critical issues for actual dam removal sites. The instructors will guide you through the process, each providing their own specialized perspective in planning, riverine ecology, fluvial geomorphology, socioeconomics, and engineering.


Nature-like fishway design (9:00-16:30) – Cost Can$200

This instructor-led workshop will be organized by the American Fisheries Society – Bioengineering Section, with funding from the Resources Legacy Fund, to present a one-day nature-like fishway workshop. This in-person workshop will be instructed by several leading practitioners in the field of NLF implementation, including representatives from both private and public agencies. The goal of the workshop is to share knowledge of nature-like fishway design and long-term stability observations among practitioners, regulators, and operators to improve the collective awareness of contemporary NLF science and design methodologies to ultimately provide more effective and sustainable passage for fish.

This workshop is anticipated to include the following topics:

  1. History and state of nature-like fishways
  2. Application of NLFs to natural and built environments
  3. Site reconnaissance, project assessment, project development
  4. Identifying data and modeling needs and necessary in-field data collection
  5. Example design methods, practices, constraints, and uncertainties – also highlight current/forthcoming design guidance documents
  6. Construction methods and oversight
  7. Monitoring
  8. Lessons learned from previously constructed NLFs
  9. Risk evaluation in NLF Design
  10. Getting the right rocks and placing them for long-term stability


Design, Construction and Operation of PIT Tag Monitoring Systems (9:00-16:00) ─ Cost Can$75

A one-day course about designing, constructing, and operating PIT tag monitoring systems for fish passage, including practical demonstrations. On completion of the course, participants will have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of RFID technology for fish tracking using PIT telemetry and concepts in antenna design. The course can be divided into four main subjects: 1) RFID for Fish and Wildlife Tracking; 2) Building a PIT tag monitoring system; 3) PIT tag antennas; and 4) Interactive workshop.

The participants will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with PIT tag readers.

Warren Leach, Oregon RFID
Dr. Hugo Marques, Fishtag Environmental Consulting