Thursday, April 12, 2018

River Restoration Courses

Artists like Daniel McCormick and Mary O'Brien (Watershed Sculpture), and Patricia Johanson construct land art projects engineered to engage with hydrological forces in degraded environments in order to restore ecological function and connect the community with their waterways.

You, too, can learn technical river restoration skills required to effect this kind of land art:


Dear Friends,

A reminder about a conference and shortcourses in integrated science for river management and restoration, as well as more specialized training in sediment transport as applied to river restoration. The ‘early-bird’ rate has been extended until 22 April for the June shortcourse in Beaumont du Ventoux, France, and is available until 31 May for the July-August courses in Logan, Utah, and near Lake Tahoe, California.

ISRivers: Integrative Sciences and Sustainable Development of Rivers
4-8 June, Lyon FR

Held every three years, IS Rivers brings together researchers and practitioners from across Europe and around the world, encouraging conversations across disciplinary and national boundaries. This year conference includes special sessions on river-city interactions, floodplain restoration, dams and sediments, extreme events, and water governance. (in French and English, with simultaneous translation)

River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools
11-15 June 2018, Beaumont du Ventoux, Provence FR

This shortcourse/workshop emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs, with specific applications and field visits to Mediterranean and mountain environments. The course draws on innovative process-based river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America. Instruction includes lectures, field exercises, and workshops on approaches to planning and implementing process-based restoration. Instructors are drawn from multiple disciplines, and from academia and practice, on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s a great opportunity to make connections with others working on similar issues in different geographic and institutional settings. Held the week after ISRivers, it offers a great opportunity to combine two professional and education experiences in a compelling setting. (in English)

Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
30 July - 03 Aug 2018, Logan, Utah USA

This course is intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in context. The course balances advance reading, lecture, field work, and hands-on exercises for estimating sediment supply, calculating sediment transport rates, forecasting channel response to water and sediment supply, and channel design. Intended for participants familiar with basic principles of river geomorphology (such as from the Beaumont or Sagehen courses). Instructors are drawn from both research and practice. Continuing Education Units for the course offered by Utah State University.

Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration
6-10 August 2018, Truckee, California USA

This five-day introductory course emphasizes understanding geomorphic and ecological process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration, covering general principles and case studies from a wide range of environments, and includes field measurements, mapping, interpretation, field trips to the Truckee River and streams in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and workshops on stream restoration problems faced by participants. Now in its 24th successful year, the course is held at Sagehen Creek Field Station, combining a beautiful natural setting with excellent research and facilities, such as an outdoor classroom, stream table to demonstrate channel adjustments, on-site laboratory, and Sagehen Creek itself, with its rich history of research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology. Instructors are drawn from multiple disciplines, and from both research and practice.

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