GEOMORPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL
FUNDAMENTALS FOR RIVER AND STREAM RESTORATION
Sagehen Creek Field Station near
Lake Tahoe, California
About the course
This five-day introductory course emphasizes understanding geomorphic and ecological process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration, covering general principles and case studies from a wide range of environments. Incorporating insights
from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology, the course emphasizes developing predictive connections between objectives and actions, learning from built restoration projects, and developing restoration strategies and innovative management
approaches to address underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches.
The course integrates perspectives from leading academic researchers to consulting practitioners in river restoration, and across that spectrum it draws on a range of approaches from state-of-the-art hydraulics and sediment transport, historical geomorphic-ecological process analysis, urban-infrastructure-focused approach, to resource-focused approaches. In addition to field techniques, the course uses spreadsheet models to calculate sediment transport and channel design based on this analysis, map and aerial photo analysis, and sequential problem solving in approaching restoration of fluvial processes. The course includes field trips to the Truckee River and streams in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and workshops on stream restoration problems faced by participants for discussion and ideas on analytical approaches and resources.
This course emphasizes integration of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, geomorphology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, and riparian ecology, and includes field measurements, mapping, and interpretation. An advanced course focuses explicitly on
geomorphic, sediment transport, and riparian vegetation principles applied to channel design (URL below).
Sample syllabus for 2011 course [Word doc - 25KB].
Photos from 2006 Summer Shortcourse
in Lake Tahoe, California: