All non-FWS participants, including DOI agencies, must register through Wildland Hydrology (Phone: 970/568-0003).
This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of river behavior, the general principles of: fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, hydraulics, restoration, fish habitat improvement, riparian grazing management, and stream bank erosion. Applications of these principles are presented utilizing a stream classification system. Problem solving techniques for watershed management, riparian assessment, fish habitat structure evaluation, stream restoration, non-point source pollution and the integration of ecosystem concepts into watershed management are taught. A combination of both lecture and field applications are provided.
CSP3200 Stream Habitat Measurement Techniques
•Discuss geomorphology and the role of the river including discharge and flood frequency, meander geometry/channel dimension and pattern, riffle/pool relations, bankfull discharge, and valley morphology;.
•Perform extrapolation and prediction of hydrologic characteristics including hydraulic geometry relations, basin character/discharge relations, and channel morphology as predictors;.
•Discuss sedimentation including role of sediment-aggradation/degradation processes, bedload/suspended load relations, sediment rating curves, stream flow relations to sediment size and load, and analysis and prediction;.
•Determine and define stream classification including purpose of classification, delineation criteria, influences, interpretations of stream types, and applications such as Manning’s roughness and riparian management guidelines;.
•Analyze watershed management implications including cumulative effects procedures (HYSED, WRENS, etc.), stream threshold concepts and procedures, and streamside management guidelines. .
Field staff involved in stream habitat assessment and restoration. This course is a pre-requisite to the CSP3310 River Morphology & Applications - Level II course.