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December 4-6, 2007; The Radisson Hotel, in Sacramento, California

We are no longer accepting papers or posters for the RHJV 2007 conference. The deadline for papers was Friday, September 14, 2007. Those who submitted papers will be informed of their status as presenters no later than September 30th, 2007. Thank you for visiting the RHJV Conference website and we hope to see you in December at the Radisson. Please email Candace Renger at if you have any questions or you may telephone at (510)524-1088.

Conference summary: This 2 ˝ day symposium will feature a plenary session, concurrent sessions, and a poster session focused on the research, management, collaboration, and issues facing California to both prevent and manage floods and conserve, protect, and restore riparian habitat across the State. The symposium will provide a forum for natural resource scientists and managers, flood management experts and managers, landowners and conservancies, regulatory agencies, and policy makers to exchange ideas and perspectives and identify the critical issues that will need integration and cooperation to resolve into the future. Major themes of the 2007 symposium include flood control and protection; habitat, species, and natural community conservation; protecting and sustaining agriculture; and the health and safety of urban communities.

The concurrent sessions will be designed to provide both the issues and solutions for the many important topics that revolve around flood management and the conservation of riparian areas and the ecological processes and biological communities that occur in these areas. The focus for each session will be to emphasize and promote the integration of conservation and flood management and the roles of private land owners, cities, counties, special districts, agricultural and water industries, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations in achieving this integration.

Anticipated Sessions and Important Issues:

Preliminary sessions already include:

  1. Vegetation management and levee maintenance
  2. Levee restoration successes in the Central Valley
  3. Regulatory permitting- who has the authority, responsibility, and liability
  4. Improving outreach and communication
  5. Riparian restoration on agricultural and rangelands
  6. Flood control and endangered and sensitive species conservation
  7. Management of levees and flood control and anadromous salmonid protection
  8. Implications of global warming to flood management
  9. The role of flood control and riparian areas for waterfowl management

Other important issues that could be addressed include:

  • Lessons learned from recent levee repairs
  • Achieving multiple objectives with levee set-backs
  • Flood protection corridors: reconnecting the floodplain and the river
  • Engineering perspective on levee design
  • Emerging priorities in how to spend State Propositions 1E and 84 funds
  • Role and utility of land easement, acquisition, and conservation banking
  • Identifying, quantifying, and mapping riparian areas in California
  • Relationships of urban development to flood control and riparian conservation
  • Role of conservancies and local government in protecting streams and rivers and flood control
  • State integration regional water management with improving and safe-guarding agricultural water
  • Progress of flood control projects and system improvements
  • Financial assistance for flood control and riparian habitat conservation
  • Development in the floodplain and riparian conservation and flood control
  • Flood control and invasive species
  • Successful and future partnerships needed to achieve integration

Abstract submission: The deadline for oral presentation and poster abstract submission is September 14, 2007. The Conference Steering Committee will review all abstracts, determine which are accepted, and make the final assignment to a topical session. Individuals who contribute abstracts will be notified of acceptance by e-mail no later than September 30, 2007.

Posters will be displayed both evenings during the conference, with the first evening’s social event being held in-part to promote the poster presentations. During this social event, poster presenters are asked to be present.

Abstract length should be limited to less than 300 words (28 to 30 typed lines). Contributed sessions will be organized according to specific topic area; therefore, submitters are asked to select a topic category that is most closely associated with the proposed presentation. An online form for submission of abstracts can be accessed through the web site.

The Conference will be producing Extended Abstracts. More information about this publication will be posted at a later date.

Information: For information on the program or abstracts, you may call Kevin Shaffer at (916) 651-7806 or Ann Chrisney at (916) 278-9428. For information on registration, you may call Ann or Candace Renger at (510) 524-1088.

Poster Session:
We will host a poster session on Tuesday evening from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. If you would like your poster to be considered, make sure to submit it by September 14, 2007. Poster display boards and easels will be provided. Posters must not be larger than 4’ x 4’. You will need to provide your own pins and supplies to mount your poster to the display board. Posters can be set up starting at 4PM on Tuesday, December 4th.