Short Courses

Join us on Monday February 3rd to learn technical and communication skills essential to restoration practitioners.

1. Speaking of Science - Stepping Out of the Stereotype - 12:30-5:00pm

Instructor: Janine Castro, Project Leader, US Fish and Wildlife Service
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Scientists and engineers should not be condemned to dry, monotonous, and uninspired presentations, because science is not boring, and restoration should never be boring. Be daring and step out of the stereotype! Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Join me to learn a few simple techniques to dramatically improve your delivery. You will leave the workshop armed with useful skills to develop and deliver inspired presentations. Whether you are a seasoned speaker or a relative novice, this course is for you.

Course Objectives: If you would like to improve your public speaking skills, please join me for a half-day session on making your presentation interesting and effective, while also reducing your stress and actually enjoying the experience. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater skill set, including a comprehensive checklist, to develop and deliver presentations. Participants will also have the option to practice a presentation in class. The workshop is highly interactive and builds on the collective experience of the audience and the instructor.

Material to be covered:
Planning, research, design, structuring your presentation, practicing, preparing, delivering (voice, tone), body language, props and evaluating... and more.

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites:
Everyone…especially if you will be speaking at RRNW

Suggested Reading:

2. Introduction to Ecohydraulics - 9:00-5:00pm

Instructors: Rocko Brown, PhD & Joseph Merz, PhD
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Ecohydraulics is a multidisciplinary field and practice that combines ecology, biology, chemistry, engineering, hydrology, hydraulics and geomorphology to understand how aquatic organisms and their ecosystems are shaped and evolve with lotic systems. This course aims to introduce ecohydraulics for people interested in learning about some of the basic principles and concepts in ecohydraulics, with a focus on applications to solve real world management questions.

Course Objectives:Understanding current and future flow and fisheries relationships is at the heart of applied and basic fisheries science and management. Advances in science and technology, such as numerical modeling and field based evaluations of fish community and flow structure, make this topic important.

Material to be covered:
Introduction and history of ecohydraulics
How aquatic organism use lotic systems
Human influences on aquatic systems
Characterizing water flow and aquatic habitats
Habitat suitability
Habitat suitability modeling
Case study 1 – Kings River – Incorporating Populations
Case study 2 – Advanced Topics

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: We intend this course for new employees and journey level professionals seeking an introduction or refresher on ecohydraulics.

3. Integrating Lamprey into Restoration - 9:00-5:00pm

Instructors: Benjamin Clemens, Ann Gray, Joe Skalicky, Christina Wang, Michele Weaver
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“Integrating Lamprey into Restoration” will raise awareness of native lamprey species, and assist participants in learning how to incorporate lamprey needs and conservation into restoration projects and in-water work activities. This course will provide participants with knowledge of the ecology, habitat needs, cultural significance, and conservation of lamprey species in the Pacific Northwest, and teach them techniques to better survey, salvage and identify lamprey species. Participants will receive handouts and resources to assist with lamprey identification and available conservation resources.
Course Objectives:Understanding current and future flow and fisheries relationships is at the heart of applied and basic fisheries science and management. Advances in science and technology, such as numerical modeling and field based evaluations of fish community and flow structure, make this topic important.

Course objectives:
(1) Raise awareness of the ecology, cultural importance and conservation of lampreys.
(2) Provide design considerations for lamprey in habitat restoration.
(3) Provide information on habitat use, lamprey sampling, identification, and salvage techniques.
(4) Incorporate the information from goals 1 – 3 into planning for habitat restoration and in-water work salvage.
(5) Learn about ongoing efforts and available resources to aid in lamprey conservation.

Material to be covered:
This course will broaden participants’ understanding of an important, but typically overlooked group of native fishes, and how to conserve them. The life history and habitat needs of lampreys will be described, along with their important roles in stream ecology. Current distribution, status, and conservation needs will be discussed, as well as guidelines for best management practices, aquatic restoration, sampling techniques, and permit requirements.

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: Funders, engineers, designers, and restoration practitioners who would like to incorporate lamprey into their restoration projects.

Pre-Course Required Viewing and Reading for Class Discussion:
• WATCH THIS VIDEO!: The Lost Fish (film):
• Conservation challenges and research needs for Pacific lamprey in the Columbia River Basin (Clemens et al. 2017).
• A Call for Standard Terminology for Lamprey Life Stages (Clemens 2019)
• Pacific Lamprey Habitat Restoration Guide (Crandall and Wittenbach 2015):
• Best Management Practices to Minimize Adverse Effects to Pacific Lamprey (U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service 2010).

4. Science-Based Assessment Improves Stream Compensatory Mitigation Practice: Stream Function Assessment Method - 9:00-5:00pm

Instructors: Dana Hicks, Oregon Dept. of State Lands & Tracie Nadeau, U.S. EPA Region 10
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Stream compensation has been on the rise nationally, as demonstrated by the increase in mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs that provide credits to offset impacts to streams and rivers. Very exciting! To better tie decision-making to functional improvement, as per the federal 2008 Final Compensatory Mitigation Rule (USACE/USEPA), the Oregon Department of State Lands, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District collaboratively developed the Stream Function Assessment for Oregon (SFAM). SFAM supports a new approach to mitigation in Oregon. Designed to evolve as scientific understanding and data availability advance, SFAM is applicable where a scientifically robust, rapid, repeatable, and transparent assessment of stream function will improve project outcomes. And it’s fun!

Course objectives:
Participants will leave this one-day course understanding:
• the interagency objectives and process to develop SFAM
• all aspects of an SFAM assessment (i.e. information and equipment needed, amount of time generally required to complete an assessment, materials/documents needed)
• the basic procedures and techniques used to collect data in the office and in the field
• the scientific underpinning of the method, and it’s applicability in the PNW
• how SFAM informs compensatory mitigation in Oregon

Material to be covered:
Stream Function Assessment Method Version 1.0 (June 2018)

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: Consultants, restoration practitioners, federal/state/tribal agency staff, regulators and water resource managers

Pre-Course Required Viewing and Reading for Class Discussion:
While there is no required advance reading, those who are interested in advance reading can find all components of SFAM on the Aquatic Mitigation Topic Page ( and information on the Aquatic Resources Mitigation Framework which SFAM supports on ODSL’s website ( Participants may want to refer to the SFAM documents and the Stream Function Assessment Method (SFAM) Map Viewer during the training.