Many restoration projects in Central Valley streams and rivers have failed because their designs did not account for erosional and sediment transport processes. Designed for practitioners and agency personnel involved with field data collection, detailed design and/or review of river restoration projects, this course provides general training in design, implementation and monitoring of in-stream habitat improvement projects in regulated streams and rivers, with an emphasis on the issues surrounding salmonid spawning in California's Central Valley.
Students will learn techniques for assessing existing habitat and collecting and analyzing field data. Discover how to integrate physical, biological and aesthetic objectives into habitat improvement design; characterize and estimate sediment transport and budgets for enhancement sites; and design effective monitoring programs. Material selection, contracting procedures and data and project presentation will be covered. Examples of techniques will be provided from both successful and failed restoration projects. All students receive a comprehensive habitat restoration manual.