The Natural Channels Initiative, with support from CWRA, presents

the 7th Conference on Natural Channel Systems: Sunday June 25 – Wednesday June 28, 2023


Balancing Driving and Resisting Forces to Achieve Project Goals

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Join us in Guelph, Ontario, June 25-28 for the the 7th Conference on Natural Channel Systems

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Check out new additions for 2023
  • Banquet (separate ticket purchase during registration is needed)
    • Join us for live music, a discussion of what is natural by Dr. Rob de Loë (University of Waterloo), and award presentations
  • 2023 Natural Channels Systems Conference Award of Recognition – call for nominees due June 8, 2023
  • Don’t forget to review the Newsletter for your chance to win with our Quiz!

Updated detailed schedule and abstracts available here

Schedule and Abstracts

Registration Now Open! Early Bird Rates end May 31, 2023

2023 Registration

Abstract Submissions Closed – decisions will be communicated by end of April 2023

Keynote Speaker Announcement

2023 Keynote Speakers are confirmed. Learn more here.

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About Us

The first Natural Channel Systems conference was held in Niagara Falls in 1994. The key message conveyed at that conference was that the erosion and water quality problems we have in our watercourses are a disease and the technological solutions we throw at them are drugs intended to deal with the symptoms. This message still holds true today.

At the core of the Natural Channel Initiative is to manage our watercourses to be naturally functional, dynamically stable, healthy, productive, sustainable, to deal with the fundamental root cause of issues, and to work with the natural processes taking place within our river systems.