Field staff involved in stream habitat assessment and restoration.
Summary and Objectives:
This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of river behavior and the general principles of fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, hydraulics, restoration, fish habitat improvement, grazing management, and stream bank erosion. Applications of these principles are presented using a stream classification system. Participants are taught problem-solving techniques for watershed management, riparian assessment, fish habitat evaluation, stream restoration, non-point source pollution and the integration of ecosystem concepts into watershed management. A combination of lecture and field applications are provided.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss geomorphology and the role of the river, including discharge and flood frequency, meander geometry/channel dimension and pattern, riffle/pool relations, bankfull discharge, and valley morphology.
- Perform extrapolation and prediction of hydrologic characteristics, including hydraulic geometry relations, basin character/discharge relations, and channel morphology as predictors.
- Discuss sedimentation, including the role of sediment aggradation/degradation processes, bedload/suspended load relations, sediment rating curves, stream flow relations to sediment size and load, and analysis and prediction.
- Determine and define stream classification, including the purpose of classification, delineation criteria, influences, interpretations of stream types, and applications such as Manning's roughness and riparian management guidelines.
- Analyze watershed management implications, including cumulative effects procedures (HYSED, WRENS, etc.), stream threshold concepts and procedures, and streamside management guidelines.
Stream Habitat Measurement Techniques (CSP3200)
This course is a prerequisite to the River Morphology and Applications course (CSP3310)
ALL INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE NOT U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING THOSE FROM OTHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AGENCIES, MUST REGISTER THROUGH WILDLAND HYDROLOGY (PHONE: 970/568-0003).
Aquatic Ecology - Basic, Fishery Biology - Basic, Hydraulic Engineering - Awareness, Hydrology - Basic, Surveying - Intermediate, Field Data Collection - Basic