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 streams to a more natural condition is a rapidly expanding field involving a multi-disciplinary approach.
This course is the sixth in a series of courses that define the issues and provide technical guidance in a wide variety of principles involved in stream restoration. This 2-hour online course covers restoration implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. 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.
Remediation / Brownfields
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
By the completion of this course, attendees will understand the following:
•Steps for successful restoration implementation
•How boundaries for the restoration are defined
•How adequate funding is secured for the project
•Useful tools for facilitating restoration
•Why and how are changes made in the plan once implementation has begun
•How are implementation activities organized
•How are roles and responsibilities are distributed among restoration participants
•How a schedule is developed for installation of the restoration measures
•What permits and regulations will be necessary for restoration measures
•The role of monitoring in stream corridor restoration
•When monitoring should begin
•How a monitoring plan is tailored to specific objectives of a restoration initiative
•Why and how the success or failure of a restoration effort is evaluated
•Considerations for a monitoring plan to evaluate the restoration effort
Mark Peterson, P.E., M.ASCE