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Two New ICRRR Restoration Short Courses for 2011

posted Nov 14, 2010, 9:08 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 9:25 PM ]


Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration

Utah State University


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New!   -  "Restoration Monitoring: Geomorphic Change Detection" will be taught May 12-13, 2011

Park City, Utah

This intensive 2-day workshop is intended for resource managers, restoration practitioners, researchers, and others involved in the monitoring of rivers and streams. Participants will come away with an understanding of the theory and tools used to detect geomorphic change based on repeat topographic data using a variety of ground-based and remotely-sensed surveying technologies. In addition, students will gain a working knowledge of how to apply the newly-developed Geomorphic Change Detection software to their own monitoring data. Case study examples will be drawn from baseline monitoring and post-project monitoring of restoration projects.


Instruction team is led by Joe Wheaton (Utah State) and Philip Bailey (ESSA Technologies Ltd).

Short Course Part 1 “Stream Restoration Principles” will be taught July 11-15, 2011

Park City, Utah

Part I is intended for resource managers, practitioners, graduate students, and others involved in the planning and implementation of restoration projects. The course provides an overview of the history of stream restoration and approaches, the application of fluvial geomorphology to channel assessment and design, general principles of sediment transport, ecological assessment of stream health and habitat, riparian vegetation dynamics and management alternatives, and post-project monitoring. Class time is spent equally in lecture and field activities at restoration sites.

Instruction team is led by Jack Schmidt (Utah State) and Phaedra Budy (Utah State).

Part 2, “Geomorphology and Sediment Transport in Channel Design” will be taught August 8-12, 2011

Park City, Utah

Part II is intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of alluvial channel design. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analyses to place channel design in a larger-scale context. Threshold and alluvial channel design are presented along with guidelines for assessing and incorporating uncertainty into design plans. The course involves a hands-on channel design exercise and incorporation of GIS data bases into channel design planning.

Instruction team is led by Peter Wilcock (Johns Hopkins University), Joe Wheaton (Utah State), Patrick Belmont (Utah State), and Tyler Allred (Allred Restoration Inc.).

New! - "Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design" will be taught September 19-21, 2011

Logan, Utah

This 3-day workshop is intended for resource managers, restoration practitioners, researchers, and others interested in collaborating with beaver in the restoration of rivers and streams. Participants will gain (a) an appreciation of beaver ecology and the complex feedbacks among beaver activity, hydro-geomorphic responses, riparian vegetation and fish ecology; (b) knowledge of past and ongoing restoration projects using beaver; (c) a working understanding of issues in restoration design that use beaver; (d) an introduction of how to develop dynamic designs utilizing beaver; and, (e) how to manage public expectations regarding potential restoration responses involving beaver. The workshop will include field trips to a number of restoration sites impacted by beaver, active local beaver colonies, hands-on design exercises, and some interactive lectures and discussions.

Instruction team is led by Joe Wheaton (Utah State), Nick Bouwes (Utah State), Michael Pollock (NOAA Fisheries), and Chris Jordan (NOAA Fisheries).