SRJC Course Outlines

6/8/2023 12:41:28 AMNRM 88 Course Outline as of Summer 2022

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 88Title:  WATRSHD ECOL/RESTORATION  
Full Title:  Watershed Ecology and Restoration
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  NRM 280.25

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to watershed restoration ecology methods, techniques, and tools used to restore and enhance watershed health.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to watershed restoration ecology methods, techniques, and tools used to restore and enhance watershed health.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Analyze and explain physical and biological processes of watershed health.
2. Determine the economic need for restoring and maintaining watershed health.
3. Evaluate completed and planned restoration projects and apply prescriptions for repair and sediment reduction.
4. Identify impacts and recommend preventative measures, restoration treatments and Best Management Practices (BMP).

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Students will 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.

Topics and Scope
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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.

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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Weekly reading assignments (20-30 pages)
2. One to two group oral presentation on land use and impacts on watersheds (15 minutes)
3. One term paper (2-3 pages)
4. One final exam
Lab Related Assignments:
1. Weekly lab activity
2. Two to three lab group projects (e.g. topo maps, sediment measuring techniques)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 30%
Term paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Lab group projects, oral presentation, weekly lab activity
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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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

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