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5. Conference: Ecological
Hydropower Development

Free ride for free fish

Thursday, 30th November 2017

Messezentrum Salzburg

Target groups:
Hydropower operators, water engineering, authorities, planers, constructors, aquatic ecology, nature protectors, engaged persons, nature and environment associations, science and research

09:00: Greetings
Dipl.-Ing. Johann-Georg Röhm, Managing Director REECO Austria GmbH
09:05: Introduction and moderation

Dr. Andreas Unterweger, Head of Water Protection, Land Salzburg

09:20: Detection of alpine species using eDNA (environmental DNA from free-water samples)
Mag. Christian Moritz, ARGE Limnologie GesmbH
09:40: Biodiversity in a water bottle: innovative methods and their importance for long-term monitoring
Dr. Martin Schletterer, TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraftwerke AG
10:00: Current jurisprudence of the ECJ – what is still going on in water law, what is not?
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Christian Schmelz / Mag. Christoph Cudlik, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH
10:20: Discussion
10:30: Break and opportunity to visit the trade fair
11:00: Fish removal from small water power plants – the first insights of an Austrian study
Pablo Rauch MSc., University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Water-Atmosphere-Environment, Institute of Hydrobiology and Water Management
11:20: Results of FAH success controls and restructuring of rivers in Salzburg
Mag. Renate Schrempf, Water Protection Unit, Land Salzburg
11:40: Implementation of EU-WFD guidelines at Austrian hydroelectric power plants – current examples
Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Wohlschlager, Office of the Austrian Provincial Government, surface water management
12:00: Company presentations (à 10 minutes)
12:30: Lunch break and possibility to visit the trade fair
Current challenges for hydropower

Introduction and moderation

Dr. Alexander Gratzer, VÖU Association for Ecology and Environmental Research

13:35: Energy industry in upheaval
Prok. DI Peter Matt, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG
13:55: Schwall & Sunk – State of the art
Dr. Christoph Hauer, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)
14:15: Small power plants and monument protection
DI Dr. Valentin Weber-Wille, Technical University of Vienna
14:35: Small power plants and licensing procedures
Hbv. MMMag. Robert Remplbauer, Ennskraftwerke AG
14:55: Questions and discussion
15:15: Break
15:30: Excursion to the Lehen power plant.
Meeting point at the market square (Hall 1)
Introduction to the excursion
Subsequently, go walking to the power station
Visit of the water-compatible Salzachkraftwerk Salzburg / Lehen
Ing. Franz Zillner and other employees of Salzburg AG
18:00: End of the event



Not only the technical and ecological aspects related to the operation of hydroelectric power plants continue to be subject to rapid development, but operational and economic aspects are also showing new developments in the field of hydroelectric power.

The use of modern methods – keyword e-DNA – will lead to new findings also in the field of biological monitoring of watercourses.

Description and aim of the event:
The event includes the introduction of new monitoring methods, the first results of the fish sampling program, a very positive report on success monitoring of fish rises and restructuring measures and a review of the current ECJ jurisprudence regarding water law.


REECO Austria GmbH

Conference partner:

Water Protection Unit, Land Salzburg

Please note: The block “Current challenges for hydropower” from 13:30 to 15:15 can be booked separately for the price of 40, – EUR.
The event is free of charge for members of the VÖU Association for Ecology and Environmental Research.

Subject to change


135,00 EUR* – Regular
40,00 EUR* – Block: “Current challanges for Hydropower”
0,00 EUR – Members of the VÖU Association for
Ecology and Environmental Research (with code)

Incl. Trade fair ticket, Technical excursion to the power plant Lehen and conference documents for download

*All conference fees are subject to 20% VAT.