Title

Introduction to ES407 Theme Session: “Perspectives in River Restoration”

Date

5-28-2015 1:00 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 1:10 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

Department

Earth and Physical Science

Session Chair

Steve Taylor

Session Title

Perspectives in River Restoration

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Steve Taylor

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This theme session involves presentation by five WOU Earth Science students enrolled in ES407 Senior Seminar. The focus is on river restoration with case study examples from Oregon. Watersheds are comprised of channel networks and represent one of the most fundamental landscape systems on the Earth’s surface. They provide ecological services along riparian corridors that form critical habitat, with salmonid fishes serving as a key indicator of aquatic health in the Pacific Northwest. The historic interplay between human occupation, intensive land management, and fluvial systems has resulted in significant impairment of waterways over the past century. River restoration is the act of improving hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological processes in a degraded watershed system; and replacing compromised elements therein. This theme session provides an overview of watershed assessment strategies and restoration techniques. Topics include: project design, evaluation, salmonid habitat recovery, fluvial hydrology, spawning gravel maintenance, fish passage, riparian vegetation, water quality and channel modification techniques.

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May 28th, 1:00 PM May 28th, 1:10 PM

Introduction to ES407 Theme Session: “Perspectives in River Restoration”

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

This theme session involves presentation by five WOU Earth Science students enrolled in ES407 Senior Seminar. The focus is on river restoration with case study examples from Oregon. Watersheds are comprised of channel networks and represent one of the most fundamental landscape systems on the Earth’s surface. They provide ecological services along riparian corridors that form critical habitat, with salmonid fishes serving as a key indicator of aquatic health in the Pacific Northwest. The historic interplay between human occupation, intensive land management, and fluvial systems has resulted in significant impairment of waterways over the past century. River restoration is the act of improving hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological processes in a degraded watershed system; and replacing compromised elements therein. This theme session provides an overview of watershed assessment strategies and restoration techniques. Topics include: project design, evaluation, salmonid habitat recovery, fluvial hydrology, spawning gravel maintenance, fish passage, riparian vegetation, water quality and channel modification techniques.