[env-trinity] Fw: Registration now open for Tahoe restoration shortcourse

Tom Stokely tstokely at trinityalps.net
Wed Feb 14 08:57:37 PST 2007

Registration now open for Tahoe restoration shortcourse
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Matt Kondolf 
To: kondolf at berkeley.edu 
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 5:14 PM
Subject: Registration now open for Tahoe restoration shortcourse

Registration is now open for:

August 13-17, 2007   (with optional field training August 9-11)
Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe, California

For more information and registration form:
For questions, please contact restoration_shortcourse at yahoo.com.

This course consists of organized lectures, backed by lecture notes, a reference text on measurement and analysis methods in fluvial geomorphology, spreadsheets, and other relevant reading, field trips, exercises, and discussions. The course includes several field trips to rivers and streams in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the nearby Sierra Nevada range, and Truckee River with their spectacular mountain scenery, diverse fluvial environments, and range of human impacts (and their often very visible consequences). The course includes workshops on geomorphic river restoration problems faced by participants, who briefly present the problem for discussion by instructors and colleagues in a workshop format, for discussion and ideas on analytical approaches and resources. The overall content of the course will be similar to the successful offerings of previous years, with adaptations to the new environment that will be updated on the website and in course information as it develops. A new feature this year is an optional, 3-day training in geomorphic field methods offered immediately prior to the shortcourse (described below).

Course instructors: Peter Wilcock, Johns Hopkins Univ, Matt Kondolf, Univ. California Berkeley,  Mary Power, Univ. California Berkeley,  Jack Schmidt, Utah State Univ,
Mitch Swanson, Swanson Hydrology/Geomorphology, Scott McBain, McBain & Trush,
Chad Gourley, Otis Bay LLC, Mark Tompkins, Univ California Berkeley, Shannah Anderson, Univ California Berkeley. 

The course is ideal for anyone responsible for managing and restoring rivers and streams, including those who have previously taken shortcourses in the field, as this course offers insights and approaches unlike those typically taken in many restoration projects today. Practitioners and agency staff responsible for reviewing restoration proposals will benefit from the high caliber of instruction and direct link to current research. This course is a good choice for those seeking an understanding of process-based river restoration in contrast to the form-based projects commonly implemented. And this course is unique in offering the opportunity to learn from such an extensive and growing data set of post-project appraisals of restoration projects, and to learn how to conduct effective post-project monitoring. The number of participants is limited to 26 to provide many opportunities for one-on-one instruction.

Course details
 The course fee of $1,980 includes tuition, continuing education credits through UC Riverside Extension, field trip transportation, and course materials, including printed copies of lecture notes, CD with PDF files of additional papers and spreadsheets, and a copy of the reference work Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology. The course fee also includes three meals per day for five days, beginning Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, 12-17 August.

GEOMORPHIC FIELD METHODS, August 9-11, 2007, Sagehen Creek Field Station nr Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Beginning this year, we are pleased to offer an optional three-day training in field measurement techniques 9-11 August, the Thursday-Friday-Saturday immediately preceding the shortcourse. This field training is suitable for participants whose experience in geomorphic field measurements is limited and who would like to strengthen their background and skill set. The training covers principles of surveying, field surveys of channel geometry using traditional level and rod, total station theodolite, and hand-held GPS units. The training will include an introduction to use of survey-grade GPS and ground-based LIDAR, and possibly, field instruction in their use. The training will include mapping of sedimentary facies and other stream features, bed material sampling through pebble counts and demonstration of bulk subsurface sampling and its attendant issues, measurement of surface flow and shallow groundwater, and mapping riparian vegetation and techniques for using riparian vegetation features to infer flood history and channel change. The training will rely heavily on the methods presented in Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (John Wiley & Sons 2003), and while interdisciplinary in context, will focus on geomorphic field methods. Instructors are drawn from those involved in the regular shortcourse. The field training is $1250 if taken alone, $1100 if taken in conjunction with the shortcourse.

For both the Geomorphic/Ecological Fundamentals shortcourse and the Geomorphic Field Methods Training, participants can make their own lodging arrangements among a choice of hotels in Truckee (about 10 mi south of Sagehen, near Hwy I-80) or can take advantage of comfortable, inexpensive accommodations on the beautiful grounds of the research station.  Lodging at the field station is $20/night per person, which entitles you to a bunk bed in a cabin with 6-8 beds, and clean, updated bathroom facilities.  You can stay in the bunk bed in the cabin or pitch your tent outside on the station grounds (and use the bunk to store gear if you wish).

Most of the material presented in the 5-day shortcourse is presented by some of the same instructors in two comparable shortcourses, offered in Logan, Utah, and Baltimore, Maryland.  Like the 5-day Sagehen (Tahoe) course, these assume a basic understanding of stream reach characterization (which may be acquired in the 3-day field training at Sagehen if you don't already have it from academic training or professional experience).

Ecological and Geomorphic Principles of Stream Restoration
June 4-8, 2007  Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore
(please note - website update coming soon)

Principles and Practice of Stream Restoration
July 16-20, 2007   Utah State University, Logan

An advanced class is offered in Logan in August.
Principles and Practice of Stream Restoration, Part II (Design Problem)
August 20-24, 2007  Utah State University, Logan, UT

How These Courses Relate
The 5-day "principles" shortcourses (Ecological and Geomorphic Fundamentals, Principles of Stream Restoration, and Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals) share many of the same instructors, and are designed to cover much the same material, although adapted to the specific environments in which the courses are offered.

The 3-day Geomorphic Field Methods Training is designed for biologists, managers, and others without prior training in geomorphology and hydrology, and allows the 5-day shortcourse to assume some background and thereby treat advanced topics in greater depth. This 3-day training is not a prerequisite for the other courses, and inability to take the training need not prevent one from taking one of the regular shortcourses.  However, taking the training will probably increase what you get out of the 5-day shortcourse.  The training would likely be repetitious and thus is not recommended for engineers and others familiar with geomorphic and hydrologic field methods through relevant work experience.

The advanced 4-day course in sediment transport calculations and channel design includes a full design problem, including hydraulic and sediment transport modeling, site layout, and riparian planting.  It is open to students who have completed any of the 5-day shortcourses (in MD, UT, or CA).

G. Mathias Kondolf
Associate Professor of Environmental Planning
Chair, Portuguese Studies Program
Dept Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning
202 Wurster Hall, University of California
Berkeley 94720-2000
tel 510 644 8381  fax 510 486 1210  
kondolf at berkeley.edu
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