Stream Restoration 4 - Identifying Problems and Opportunities RV-5274

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The United States has more than 3.5 million miles of rivers and streams that, along with closely associated floodplain and upland areas, comprise corridors of great economic, social, cultural, and environmental value. These corridors are complex ecosystems that include the land, plants, animals, and network of streams within them. They perform a number of ecological functions such as modulating streamflow, storing water, removing harmful materials from water, and providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. Stream corridors also have vegetation and soil characteristics distinctly different from surrounding uplands and support higher levels of species diversity, species densities, and rates of biological productivity than most other landscape elements.

Many miles of rivers and streams have been seriously impacted by human activity. Restoring these steams to a more natural condition is a rapidly expanding field involving a multi-disciplinary approach. This 2-hour online course is the fourth in a series of courses that defines the issues and provides technical guidance in a wide variety of principles involved in steam restoration. This course covers the first steps in developing a stream corridor restoration plan, including organization and problem identification. It is not necessary to complete all of these courses or complete them in order, but the order of the courses provides a logical progression through the subject matter.
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Remediation / Brownfields
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
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By the completion of this course, attendees will understand the following:

•Why planning is important
•When an Advisory Group is needed
•How to form an Advisory Group and who should be on it
•How to identify and acquire funding
•How to establish technical teams and their roles
•What procedures an Advisory Group should follow
•How to facilitate communication among stakeholders
•Why problem identification is important
•How to identify problems affecting the stream corridor
•How to alter or remove the anthropogenic changes that caused the need for restoration
•How to organize data collection and analysis procedures
•How to determine reference conditions for the stream corridor and what reference conditions are needed
•How existing management activities influence the stream corridor
•How to describe problems affecting the stream corridor
Mark Peterson, P.E., M.ASCE
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