At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define how ecosystems function over space and time, including ecosystem processes and how they vary within a natural window of variability.
2. Discuss physical and biological processes that affect watershed health and function.
3. Identify the biologic and socio-economic need for restoring and maintaining watershed health in California.
4. Identify topographical maps, assessments and hand tools and equipment used by watershed restorationists.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of streambank repair, riparian habitat assessment, and watershed restoration techniques.
6. Compare and contrast local watersheds, and discuss land use impacts (both perceived and real) relative to cause and effect.
7. Evaluate the success of local restoration projects.
8. Analyze and discuss important water issues in California.
9. Familiarity with broad areas of ecological theory that are foundational to the science of restoration ecology.
I. Ecological Theory
A. Ecosystem function and variability
B. Physical and biological factors influencing watershed health
C. Socio-economic importance of watersheds
D. Principles and practices of restoration ecology
II. Local Watershed Issues in California
A. Overview of local water issues in California: past, present, future
B. Assessment of watershed dynamics
C. Mapping and assessment of local watershed restoration projects
III. Watershed Restoration Ecology
A. Conceptual framework of healthy and impaired watershed processes
B. Watershed impacts and function relative to local and regional and use practices
C. Restoration tool box
D. Sale, timing and cost/benefit
E. Best Management Practices (BMP)
1. Low impact development
2. Slow it, spread it, sink it
3. Rainwater harvesting
4. Water conservation
IV. Restoration Project Planning
A. Fishery restoration techniques, methods, and tools
B. Riparian corridor restoration: planning, appropriate species, location, scheduling
C. Upslope restoration: grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, intermittent streams, erosion control
D. Invasive species: issues and problems related to maintenance of restoration projects
V. Restoration of Aquatic Habitats
A. Identification of land use impacts and innovative solutions for restoring functional processes
B. Recreating riffle-pool-flatwaters, increasing pool volume, spawning and rearing habitat
C. Survey of local restoration techniques, including successes and failures, relative to stream channel function
VI. Riparian Restoration
A. Successful native plant revegetation
B. Methods for controlling invasive species
C. Pierce's Disease and riparian corridors and stream/agricultural interface
Concepts presented in lecture are applied and practiced in lab.
California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual. 3rd ed. Flosi, Gray and Downie, Scott and Hopelain, James. State of California, Department of Fish and Game. 1998 (classic)
Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes & Practices. Federal Stream Interagency Work Group. 1997 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials