Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2020 Annual Meeting

Stage 0 Habitat Restoration Workshop

This workshop is full.

Sponsored by: Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Instructors: Brian Cluer Ph.D., Fluvial Geomorphologist, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region; Paul Powers, Fisheries Biologist, Deschutes National Forest

Date and Time: All-day on March 10th; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Lunch: Provided

Fee: $60

Maximum Number of Participants: 40

Description: Stage 0 is a term coined by Cluer and Thorne (2013) to describe a pre-disturbance phase for alluvial river systems that is characterized by a network of anabranching channels or no channel at all (e.g. mountain meadows).  This 1-day short course will give the scientific background and ecological basis for Stage 0, followed by a brief introduction to the suite of methods currently used to design and implement restoration.  Methods will be reviewed but with limited time available, we will largely focus on showing examples, including construction and outcomes. The physical and ecological response in each of these projects has been quite dramatic. All these projects have resulted in an elevated alluvial aquifer, which supports a robust riparian community and increased connectivity at all discharge levels. In addition to these course monitoring metrics, researchers are taking an in depth look at physical and ecological transformations on a subset of these projects. Project monitoring is focusing on food web mosaics, fish utilization and changes to physical habitats including temperatures, velocities and nutrient retention rates.