- Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Hydrology and Water Resources) Colorado State University, Fort Collins
- M.S., Earth Resources (Hydrology and Meteorology) Colorado State University, Fort Collins
- B.S., Civil Engineering (Honors), University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Dr. Haltiner has an extensive background in hydrology, hydraulics and water resources. During the past 43 years, he has led numerous projects on watershed analysis, river channel and floodplain hydraulics, flood hazard assessment and ecosystem restoration on rivers, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and the coastline. His recent focus has been on multi-objective watershed management and the design of environmentally sensitive flood control and river management techniques. In conjunction with this, he has managed several hundred projects and authored a series of papers on urban stream management approaches that integrate physical, biological, and land-use planning elements. To protect existing riparian corridors, he has worked on a series of master plans in urbanizing areas which include stream preservation and enhancement as central design features. This is accomplished within the framework of an integrated watershed management plan that incorporates the natural processes of flood flows, sediment transport, and channel dynamics into the planning process.
His projects, publications and teaching have advanced both the science and practice of wetland management and restoration. He has designed and implemented projects in coastal, freshwater and seasonal wetlands in the USA, Russia, and the Philippines. He has authored a series of papers linking restoration practice to fundamental hydrologic processes, documenting the success of these approaches with post-project appraisals (PPA’s). While Dr Haltiner’s expertise focuses on physical processes, his work integrates biotic and edaphic expertise to provide comprehensive ecologic design.
Much of Dr. Haltiner's work is oriented toward river analysis and the development of flood management projects that are designed to accommodate natural geomorphic processes. These projects range from the watershed to the channel reach scale. He has developed numerous flood detention basin designs, including projects that integrate flood detention, urban runoff water quality treatment, wildlife habitat, sediment control and public access/recreation into a multi-objective facility. He has managed flood hazard analyses for FEMA as well as local, state, and private clients. In coastal flood analyses, he has pioneered techniques to address the joint probability of stormwater runoff and tidal events. A critical element in modern engineering is the development of viable projects integrating design, cost and environmental factors. Dr. Haltiner has completed a variety of flood management, urban development and coastal/fluvial wetland restoration projects providing assistance in project design, environmental review and permit acquisition, bidding, construction inspection, mitigation compliance, and monitoring. Many of these projects are technically complex and politically controversial; project success results from a combination of knowledge, experience, and trust by both the client and the regulatory agencies.
He has worked in numerous locations throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and on several international projects. His project settings include the coastal zone, river valleys, foothills, high mountains and desert. His clients include federal, state, county, and local governments, private development companies. He has provided expert witness assistance on a variety of federal and state cases involving flooding and landslides.
Dr. Haltiner remains active in education, and shares his expertise and experience through university teaching, invited conference lectures, and publications. He serves as adjunct faculty at the University of California at Berkeley where he has taught in both the Civil Engineering Department and Landscape Architecture Department. He currently serves as a Farrand Distinguished Visiting Professor at UCB. He has taught a variety of short courses on hydrology, wetland and watershed management and restoration to federal, state and local agencies. Clients include the US Army COE, RWQCB, California Coastal Conservancy, and staff from numerous counties and cities.
- Selected Publications
A Chin, E. Wohl, J.P. Haltiner and G.M. Kondolf, 2009. Managing Stream Morphology with Check Dams. In: “Check dams, morphological adjustments and erosion control in torrential streams”, edited by Carmelo Conesa-Garcia and Mario Lenzi, to be published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
A Chin, with J. P. Haltiner et al, 2008. “Linking Theory and Practice for Restoration of Step-Pool Streams. J. of Environmental Management. April, 2009. Issue 43 pp 645-661 DOI 10.1007/s00267-008-9171-x
M. L. Brennan, C. May, D. Danmeier, S. Crooks and J. Haltiner, 2008. Numerical Modeling of Restoration Alternatives in an Erosional Estuary. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling. M.L. Spaulding, ed. Nov 5-7, 2007; Newport, Rhode Island. Published by ASCE. pp 942-955.
Haltiner, J.P. and C. Beeman, 2003. “Restoring Floodplain and Channel Functions to Incised and Leveed Stream Systems”. In: Faber, P.M.(ed.) 2003. California Riparian Systems: Processes and Floodplain Management, Ecology, and Restoration. 2001 Riparian Habitat and Floodplains Conference Proceedings, Riparian Habitat Joint Venture, Sacramento, CA.
M.K. Orr, Haltiner, J.P. et al, 2001. “Tidal Wetland Restoration at Cooley Landing: A Pilot Project for San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration”. Poster
Presentation at: the 5th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference, San Francisco, CA., October 9–11, 2001.
Haltiner, J.P., 2000. “Engineering vs. Mother Nature.” In: State of the Estuary Report 2000, a Restoration Primer for the San Francisco Bay Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Estuary. Published by the San Francisco Estuary Project, Oakland, CA.
Haltiner, J.P., S. M. Smith, and B. M. Phillips. 1999. “Integrating Geomorphic and Engineering Approaches in Stream Restoration.” Proceedings: ASCE International Water Resource Engineering Conference Program: Water Resources into the New Millennium. Seattle, Wa., August 8–12, 1999.
S.M. Smith, P. Bereciartua, P. Johnson and J. Haltiner. 1999. “Channel Design and the Forgotten Floodplain.” Proceedings: ASCE International Water Resource Engineering Conference Program: Water Resources into the New Millennium. Seattle, Wa., August 8–12, 1999.
Haltiner, J.P., (Contributing Author), 1999. Goals Project, Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals. A report of habitat recommendations prepared by the San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Ecosystem Goals Project. Lead authors: Michael Monroe and Peggy Olofson. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, Calif./S.F. Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Oakland, Calif.
Shields, F.D., A. Brookes and J. Haltiner, 1999. “Geomorphological Approaches to Incised Stream Channel Restoration in the United States and Europe” Chapter 14. In: S. Darby and A. Simon (eds), Incised River Channels: Processes, Forms, Engineering and Management. John Wiley and Sons, 442pp.
Haltiner, J.P., 1999. “The Hydrosphere.” Entry. In: D.E. Alexander and R.W. Fairbridge (eds.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 768 pp.
Smith, S., P. Bereciartua and J. Haltiner. 1998. River channel design and the role of the floodplain. EOS, Transactions, Vol.79, No.45, Supplement, p. F349.
Haltiner, J., J.B. Zedler, K.E. Boyer, G.D. Williams and J.C. Callaway, 1997. “Influence of physical processes on the design, functioning and evolution of restored tidal wetlands in California (USA).” In: Wetlands Ecology and Management. Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 73–91.
Haltiner, J., 1997. Multi-objective management of incised streams in California. (Wang, S.Y. et al., eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on Management of Landscapes Disturbed by Channel Incision, USDA Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS, May 19–23.
Haltiner, J.P., G.M. Kondolf and P.B. Williams, 1996. “Restoration Approaches in California” Chapter 11. In A. Brooks and D. Shields (eds.) River Channel Restoration, John Wiley & Sons, 433 pp.
Haltiner, J.P., 1995. “Environmentally Sensitive Approaches to River Channel Management” Chapter 33. In: C. Thorne et al. (eds) River, Coastal and Shoreline Protection, John Wiley & Sons, 784 pp.
Haltiner, J.P., 1993. Extreme events and coastal wetlands. Proceedings: 1993 ASCE International Symposium on Engineering Hydrology, San Francisco, CA, July 25–30.
Haltiner, J.P., 1993. Urban stream restoration: An alternative to traditional flood control design. Proceedings: Society of Wetland Scientists Western Division Conference, Davis, CA, March 26–27.
Haltiner, J.P., 1992. The land interface. In: Physical Processes in Estuarine and Coastal Wetland Management, Short Course presented at the University of California, Berkeley, June 9–13.