2023 UMSRS Overview

February 26 - March 1, 2023

Location: Radisson Hotel La Crosse, 200 Second Street South, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Radisson Hotel La Crosse

Oral Abstract Deadline: October 15th, 2022

Poster Abstract Deadline: February 3, 2023

Submit Poster Abstracts here!

Early bird registration deadline: January 31st, 2023 
Registration Deadline: February 10th, 2023

Why Attend?

The Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium (UMSRS) presents a unique opportunity to bring together regional stream restoration practitioners so they may share experiences and expertise with colleagues working within similar environmental and land-use conditions.  Attendees from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will hear about innovative restoration designs and approaches as well as have the opportunity to network with the region’s leading stream restoration practitioners.

UMSRS looks to provide a collaborative environment which will allow an interdisciplinary approach to stream restoration and other related watershed sciences, hence a broad range of speakers and topics are actively encouraged. We seek session proposals and abstracts for both oral and poster presentations that address any topic areas related to stream restoration, including design and related analyses, alternatives analysis, implementation, and monitoring, as well as the planning, regulatory, and funding context under which stream restoration occurs. Selected presentations will be grouped into topical sessions.


The Symposium we will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the Radisson Hotel. The venue will allow easy access from across the Midwest via air or car. Organizers have worked hard to keep registration costs as low as possible.

UMSRS at a Glance

UMSRS will take place over 2.5 days. The Symposium will open on Sunday night with dinner and a keynote talk. The Symposium is single-track (no concurrent sessions) so that all attendees hear all presentation and discussions. Keynote speakers will open each day followed by oral and poster presentations.

Pre-symposium short courses will also be offered concurrently prior to the kickoff dinner on February 26th, 2023.  More information on the short courses will be coming soon!

Symposium Topics/Themes of Interest

The technical program of each UMSRS depends on the subject matter of invited speakers and submitted abstracts from our broader regional river restoration community. 

Topics of discussion at previous UMSRS include:

  • Stream Restoration Design and Monitoring
  • Regulation and Stream Restoration:  Where am I and what am I doing here?
  • Water Quality Management in Midwest Streams
  • Assessment and Monitoring of Stream Restoration Success
  • Managing Invasive Species in Midwest Rivers
  • Aesthetics in Stream Restoration
  • Partnerships and Collaborations in Stream Restoration: Building Trust
  • Stream Restoration Funding and Context
  • Rural Stream Restoration
  • Ecology and Stream Restoration
  • Stream Restoration and Agricultural Drainage
  • Lessons Learned:  Stream Restoration Failures (be a brave soul!)
  • Stream Restoration Education: Using Projects as Teaching Tools for the Public

Oral and Poster Presentations

UMSRS will have invited speakers and oral presentations delivered in topical sessions.  Oral presentations are 20 minutes in length and are given in a plenary format to an interdisciplinary audience.  Hence, the content should be interesting to a diverse audience and clearly focused to deliver two or three key points. The deadline for oral presentation proposals is October 15th, 2022.

The poster session for 2023 UMSRS will be delivered during an hour-long session in the main body of the symposium.  Poster presenters are expected to attend their posters to answer any questions from the attendees. Only posters that are reviewed through the abstract review process will be displayed at the conference, although some session conveners may request that an oral presentation abstract be made a poster if their oral session is full. Posters will continue to be accepted until February 3rd, 2023.

If you have any questions or if you need further information please contact: Anna Sundgaard.