Short Courses

Fish Passage 2014 is pleased to announce that the following short courses and workshops will be offered in conjunction with the conference. These courses will take place either immediately before or after Fish Passage 2014 thereby providing conference attendees with the opportunity to extend their stay in Madison and benefit from highly relevant, focused training.

Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project, June 8th

The Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project course will evaluate many aspects of dam removal, including: sediment exploration and testing; dam removal techniques; post-dam channel evolution; channel and sediment management; ecological effects of dam removal; sediment analysis and management; dam removal case studies; climate change, drought, and emerging issues. This course is offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught by a cadre of experts working in this cutting edge area. The course fee for Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project is $395 and includes course materials, break refreshments, lunch and certificate. This course also offers .7 Professional Development Hours (PDH).

The course will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel located at One West Dayton Street in Madison, Wisconsin.

Course instructors are Jim MacBroom (Milone & MacBroom, Inc.), Joe Rathbun (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality), and Laura Wildman (Princeton Hydro, LLC).

Ned Paschke (email: is the program director and Sandy Krentz (email: is the program associate. Please contact them with any questions regarding the short course.

The course is intended for engineers and planners, consultants, biologists, regulatory staff, dam owners, and others interested in learning more about dam removal and sediment management practices.

Click here for more information and to enroll.

Extended discussion: Great Lakes Connectivity Restoration, June 9th

Working on river connectivity in the Great Lakes? Please come contribute your input on two regional initiatives – the development of a barrier optimization model and establishing a regional connectivity collaborative. The organizers of Sessions A1 & A2: Aligning on Regional Connectivity Priorities and Goals: Launching a Great Lakes Regional Connectivity Collaborative are holding a follow-up discussion, Monday, June 9, 5:45pm – 6:45 pm.

Location: University Rooms A/B.

Goal-Setting Workshop: Establishing Regional Goals for Connectivity Restoration in the Great Lakes Based on Migratory Fish Populations, June 11th

Want more Walleye? Looking for Lake Sturgeon? What do you think our goals for migratory fish and connectivity restoration should be? The Nature Conservancy requests your input at an initial workshop on setting regional goals in the Great Lakes for connectivity restoration on Wednesday, June 11 from 3:15 – 5:15 pm. We will discuss the need for goals, a possible goals framework, what migratory species goals exist now, information needs and management, and will develop list of work to be done and who can contribute.

To attend, please contact Mary Khoury ( or Matt Herbert (

Location: Conference Room II