The Future of the Concrete Channel

A One-Day Conference

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Registration now open

 

Ubiquitous in the urban landscape, concrete channels embody a mid-20th nature and maximizing developable land. Yet these optimistically-engineered structures have proven hard to maintain, and society increasingly regrets the loss of riparian ecosystems and the opportunity for human recreation and renewal once offered by the natural streams.

These optimistically-engineered structures have proven hard to maintain, and society increasingly regrets the loss of riparian ecosystems and the opportunity for human recreation and renewal once offered by the natural streams.

As concrete channels inevitably age and reach the end of their design lives, river managers confront the question of what to do with this deteriorating infrastructure? Can the channels be rebuilt or modified to pass floods increasing due to urbanization and climate change? Or is this an opportunity to implement alternative approaches that restore valuable functions of natural rivers? These issues are highlighted in the San Francisco Bay Region, where multiple concrete channels suffer from sedimentation problems and one county has adopted a policy to replace them with natural channels where possible, and on the Los Angeles River, where the US Army Corps of Engineers has just released a draft Integrated Feasibility Study for ecosystem restoration of an 11-mile reach. Scholars, practitioners, and managers will share ideas and experiences from California and elsewhere in the US, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of rethinking the concrete channel.

 

PROGRAM

 

The program will begin around 8:45am and wrap up by 6:00pm.
Click here to download the program

 

Speakers/panelists include Carol Armstrong (City of Los Angeles), Mitch Avalon (Contra Costa County Public Works), Mike Carlson (Contra Costa County PW), Jim Fiedler (Santa Clara Valley Water District), David Fletcher (California Colleage of the Arts), David Fowler (Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District), Jeff Haltiner (ESA-PWA & UC Berkeley), Ralph Johnson (Alameda County Public Works), Bill Kier (Kier Associates), Lewis MacAdams (Friends of Los Angeles River), Louise Mozingo (UC Berkeley), Scott Nicholson (US Army Corps & UC Berkeley), Kathy Schaefer (FEMA), Chip Sullivan (UC Berkeley), Phil Williams (ESA-PWA & UC Berkeley).

 

REGISTRATION

 

To register, please complete the following steps.

 

1. Complete the online registration form

 

2. Mail check made out to “UC Regents”, and mail to:
Raymond Wong/Sue Retta
The Future of the Concrete Channel Conference
Dept of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
202 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720-2000

 

We prefer that you pay by check, but if you really want to pay by credit card, please fill out and send the Credit Card Payment Form and add a $10 per person processing fee for MC/Visa payments. A confirmed registration requires a full payment.  We will email you to confirm your registration as soon as we receive your payment.

 

Click here to register online.

 

Registration includes a copy of the program and refreshments at morning and afternoon breaks.  Note that seating is limited, so if interested, register early.

 

CONTACT US

Conference organizers Matt Kondolf and Raymond Wong. This conference is held as part of the centennial celebration of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at futureofconcretechannel@gmail.com

* Photo by Matt Kondolf