Stream Restoration 5 - Goals and Objectives RV-5517

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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 course is the fifth in a series of courses that defines the issues and provides technical guidance in a wide variety of principles involved in steam restoration. This 2-hour online course covers developing goals, objectives and restoration alternatives. 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
Learning Outcomes
By the completion of this course, attendees will understand the following:

•How restoration goals and objectives are defined
•How to describe desired future conditions for the stream corridor and surrounding natural systems
•The appropriate spatial scale for the stream corridor restoration
•Institutional and legal issues that are likely to be encountered during a restoration
•The means to alter or remove the anthropogenic changes that caused the need for the restoration (i.e., passive restoration)
•How restoration efforts target solutions to treat causes of impairment and not just symptoms
•Important factors to consider when selecting among various restoration alternatives
•The role spatial scale, economics, and risk play in helping to select the best restoration alternative
•Who makes the decisions
•When active restoration is needed
•When passive restoration methods are appropriate
Mark Peterson, P.E., M.ASCE
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