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River Restoration Science

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Sharing the Science of Restoring Rivers. We offer expertise, coordination, and training to a broad range of partners in an interdisciplinary effort that enhances stream restoration efforts and maximizes benefits to aquatic species and their habitats. This collaborative approach achieves more than what a single agency or organization would be able to accomplish on its own. Like the range and complexity of the river systems we seek to restore, these diverse partnerships are the key to long-term recovery of our aquatic environment.

  • Portland State University River Restoration Program

    The PSU River Restoration, a Professional Certificate Program, is for new and established practitioners. It is a cutting-edge program that took three years to develop and is the only one of its kind in the United States. The program is a series of 5 “core” professional short courses and 2 electives of your choice.

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  • Beaver Restoration

    Beaver swimming with log (William Meyers).

    Restoring Beaver to Restore Rivers. Beaver are being hailed as one of the most cost effective and sustainable solutions for ecological restoration and climate change resilience. This project seeks to provide the scientific context through which beaver related restoration is undertaken.

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  • River Restoration Analysis Tool (RiverRAT)

    RiveRAT was developed to facilitate consistent and thorough evaluation of the potential impacts of proposed projects on river habitat. The tool is supported by a source document that provides a comprehensive synthesis of the watershed and river sciences relevant to restoration planning and design.

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  • Communicating Science

    Public speaking resources and tips for scientists as well as the general public. View the resource list.

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