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California Chapter

Chapter Chair

Jim Harrington

Jim Harrington (james.harrington@wildlife.ca.gov)

Membership Goal

The California Chapter focuses on freshwater systems along the Pacific coast, arid west regions, and the western mountains. Many of the members are current participants of the California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) which has met annually since 1994. The Chapter also pursues members from California’s professional scientists and students interested in all freshwater environments and organisms, including desert pup fish and algae.

Mission Statement

The California Chapter will address issues associated with freshwater bioassessment, stream ecology, and taxonomy. The Chapter will conduct an annual conference, generate funds to support student membership and scholarships, support continued aquatic education events and offer certification pathways for approved courses or series of courses.


December 2017 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

California Chapter meeting:  Davis, CA, October 24 & 25, 2017
24th Annual Meeting California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup
5rd Annual California Chapter Society of Freshwater Science

When & Where

October 24 and 25, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm, The Ballroom Activities and Recreation Center Conference Facility University of California, Davis, CA

Registration & Pre-Registration

Registration is not yet open. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

For more information on this annual event contact:
Jim Harrington
Cal. Dept. Fish and Wildlife
Aquatic Bioassessment Lab
2005 Nimbus Rd.
Rancho Cordova, Ca 95670

Waterboard Employees: Follow established procedures and submit training request form through your liaison.

Other agencies/attendees: Email your contact information to academy@waterboards.ca.gov to request registration. You will receive an email confirmation of registration.


Interstate 80 to Hwy 113 north toward Woodland. Take Russell Boulevard exit and turn right on Russell Boulevard. Turn right on La Rue Road. Turn left on Orchard Road and drive directly into Visitor Parking Lot 25.


Permits are required and cost $9.00 per day. Parking permit dispensers accept quarters, one-dollar bills, five-dollar bills, or VISA and MasterCard.

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