News and Upcoming Events

American Fisheries Society 2018 Annual Meeting, AC

148th AFS Annual Meeting

Atlantic City, NJ



AFS Continuing Education – May 2018

 is now open for

Planning & Executing Successful Rotenone & Antimycin Projects

May 14-18, 2018
Utah State University
Logan, Utah

This 4½ day training course stresses public involvement, safety, planning and new application restrictions and techniques and safety from the new 2nd edition AFS Rotenone SOP Manual and is taught by the manual’s two senior authors. The course was developed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s labeling requirements that include the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual. The course uses classroom lectures, laboratory and field exercises, participant presentations, classroom discussions, and quizzes on the content as instructional methods.

Topics include:
-Selective (species-specific) treatments
-Detecting and treating upwelling groundwater
-Use of GPS technology in planning treatments
-Proper safety equipment
-Piscicide and potassium permanganate chemistry and toxicology
-Reading and following labels and SDSs
-Crisis management strategies

Course objectives include:
-Develop strategies for projects that reflect sensitivities of target species, characteristics of the chemicals and influencing environmental conditions
-Implement application and deactivation techniques that minimize environmental impacts
-Explain product label and MSDS requirements and how these affect use

Brian Finlayson
Donald Skaar

Platte River Basin Ecosystem Symposium June 5,6:

 (sent on Chittaranjan Ray’s behalf, Director of the Nebraska Water Center for Andrew Caven)

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration at the Crane Trust, we are hosting the 13th Platte River Basin Ecosystem Symposium June 5 and 6Originally coordinated by UNL’s Platte Watershed Program and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1990 to 2001, the conference sought to increase cooperation and shared understanding of conservation issues in the Platte River Basin. With support from the Nebraska Water Center, we are reconvening this conference with the same intent. After over 40 years of conservation work by a wide variety of organizations it is a good time to take stock of where we are at and where we are going. The focus of conservation in the Platte River Valley has broadened to include a wider variety of species, we have learned a significant amount regarding our ecosystem, and new conservation threats have emerged in recent decades.

On June 5 at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center (9325 Alda Rd S, Wood River, NE), the symposium convenes at 8 am for presentations followed by an interactive workshop highlighting conservation needs and knowledge gaps on the morning of June 6. We are seeking presentation proposals for the symposium with a deadline of May 15. All presentation topics related to conservation efforts along the Big Bend Reach of the Platte River and adjacent ecosystems are welcome including wildlife ecology, habitat management, hydrology, wet meadow ecology, aquatic systems, restoration ecology, fire ecology, conservation communication, and other related topics.

A special thanks to Dr. Tom Franti and Steve Ress at UNL for their help regarding this effort.

Find presentation proposal information at

River Ecology Unit  Summer 2018 Workshop

The Fundamentals of River Science:

Applied Geomorphology & Ecology

June 11-15, 2018 in Marshall, MN

Rivers and streams are formed by physical processes that define their geometry and quality and quantity of habitat. Hydrology, geomorphology, biology, water quality, and connectivity interact to determine the overall health of the stream. This course will discuss the interactions between geomorphology and ecology in the context of ecosystem health. Attendees develop the skills for field determination of bankfull stage, geometry and stream type, which are essential to stream assessment and restoration. This workshop is the first in our River Science Series so is a prerequisite to the three advanced courses. Cost is $1,000.