Overview of restoration principles and techniques with specific application to freshwater aquatic systems. Develops knowledge and skills to assess ecosystems conditions, identify and prioritize restoration opportunities, and evaluate them from a scientific and economic perspective. Prerequisite: either BIOL 356, ESRM 304, or FISH 312.
The degradation of aquatic ecosystems has led to extensive efforts to restore streams, estuaries and whole watersheds. Unfortunately, many of these efforts have failed because of misunderstanding of ecological principles, poor design and implementation, and inadequate monitoring. In this course we provide students with tools and skills necessary to assess ecosystem conditions, identify watershed restoration opportunities, prioritize restoration actions, develop a restoration plan and monitor and evaluate restoration actions. Students will learn these important skills through a combination of lectures, case studies, written assignments, class projects and three field trips.
Upon completing the course students will be able to: · Assess current and historical watershed conditions · Determine areas in need of restoration and protection · Develop multiple approaches for prioritizing watershed restoration projects · Assist in restoration project design and planning · Develop rigorous restoration monitoring and evaluation program · Develop a watershed restoration plan
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To be successful in this course, students should do reading prior to class, attend lectures, participate in class discussions, and must complete individual and group written assignments. Developing restoration plans involves a combination of working with others from diverse backgrounds and ideas and working individually on specific project aspects. To simulate this, students will work on individual and group projects as well as one group presentation.