Innovator Webinar Series: Aquatic Organism Passage

This webinar will address numerous aspects of aquatic organism passage (AOP), largely focusing on fish passage. Barriers to AOP include dams, culverts and utilities, which have extensive effects on entire ecosystems by blocking river’s free flowing natural systems. The legacy of infrastructure development has left thousands of barriers throughout our American landscape and without proper considerations, more are designed and built every day. This interactive webinar will highlight the different types of barriers, how to mitigate for those in place, and how to avoid making new ones. Elements for transportation and hydraulic engineers vital to designing with AOP considerations will also be discussed.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Types of barriers to Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP)
  • Types of fish passage structures for dams
  • Things to consider for culvert/small bridge design
  • How AOP designed culverts are superior to traditional culvert design for flood resiliency

The webinar will be held on October 8th, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM EDT. 1 PDH hour will be available for attendees. As space is limited, please register here.

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The presenter is:

Kathy HovermanKathy Hoverman, PE

Kathy Hoverman is a registered PE and senior project manager. She earned a BSCE with a second major in Conservation and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and her MS in Biology also at UWM with a focus on fish habitat preferences in a restored river. Kathy has 19 years of experience providing engineering and ecological expertise for a wide range of stream assessment, design, construction and monitoring projects with various land use practices and watershed sizes. Her technical experience includes conducting geomorphic, ecological and biological assessments for aquatic ecosystems, hydrologic baseflow analyses, natural channel design, dam removal and aquatic organism assessments and sediment-hydraulic resistance and mobility design.

Aside from her work at KCI, Kathy serves on the Virginia Stream Barrier Removal Task Force, Chesapeake Bay Program Stream Restoration Verification Team, Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association, and recently finished a three year term as the chair of the ASCE and AFS Joint Committee of Fisheries Engineering and Science. She was recently featured in the World Fish Migration Foundation’s documentary Love Flows and is a recent Fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.