Geomorphic & ecological fundamentals of river & stream restoration course

California (USA) • 16-20 August 2021

Dear Friends of Rivers,

We invite you to join us this summer for the shortcourse,

Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration
16-20 Aug 2021, Truckee, California USA

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, and includes field measurements, mapping, interpretation, field trips to the Truckee River and streams in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and workshops on stream restoration problems faced by participants. After having to skip the course last year due to COVID restrictions, we are hopeful we’ll be able to offer the course this coming year (which will be its 26th year). The course is held at Sagehen Creek Field Station, combining a beautiful natural setting with excellent research facilities, such as an outdoor classroom, stream table to demonstrate channel adjustments, on-site laboratory, and Sagehen Creek, with its rich history of research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology. Instructors are drawn from multiple disciplines, and from both research and practice.

Uncertainty due to COVID-19: If infection and vaccination trends continue to improve, we hope to offer the course this year, in person. Public health guidelines and research station rules will include wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, limiting how many people can be in the bathrooms at the same time, and may require vaccination prior to attending the course. Virtually all activities are already held outdoors anyway, but to minimize the possibility of virus spreading, we will limit the number of people occupying each cabin, and ask others to pitch tents on the station grounds (about half of the participants each year pitch tents anyway, as it is a very nice environment for camping).

Registration: We ask that you indicate if you are seriously interested in taking the course this year by signing up by 01 May. At this point, we will not accept any payment, but based on the level of interest indicated by the number who have signed up and taking updated information on COVID conditions into account, we will make a decision about whether to go forward with the course in mid-May. If we can hold the course, at that point we will open the registration system and begin accepting payments to confirm spots in the course. If COVID conditions subsequently worsen and we must cancel the class, we will offer full refunds to those registered.

For a more specialized course intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design, we recommend Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design, taught 02-06 August at Utah State University, Logan,. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in the appropriate context. This course builds upon the principles of river geomorphology taught in the Sagehen course. Its lead instructor (Peter Wilcock) is co-instructor of the Sagehen course.

CENTRO IBÉRICO DE RESTAURACIÓN FLUVIAL
Departamento de Geografía y Ordenación del Territorio
C/ Pedro Cerbuna, s/n • Universidad de Zaragoza • 50009 Zaragoza
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