Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Watershed Restoration

 Title Abbreviation:   WATERSHED RESTORATION

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Techniques and ecological context for restoration and its application in the conservation of biodiversity. Covers state and federal laws pertaining to ecological field work and potential funding sources. Evaluation of social and economic impact of restoration to diverse groups of people. Includes methods in biological engineering.


Prerequisite: ENVC 101 with a minimum C grade or department chair approval. Field trips required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform ecological restoration of terrestrial and aquatic systems using bioengineering as well as simple engineering solutions, and to evaluate the long-term success for a given project.
  2. Work with the appropriate local, state and federal agencies involved in ecological restoration and work within the guidelines of SEPA.
  3. Understand the connection between ecological restoration and conservation biology.
  4. Develop a comprehensive restoration proposal.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Natural landscape communities; restoration of biodiversity.
  2. Restoration of forest/ecosystem function.
  3. Project planning; agencies and permits.
  4. Bank stabilization; bioengineering.
  5. Streambanks vegetation: fish and wildlife.
  6. Instream structures.
  7. Obstructions/fishways/fish passage.
  8. Wetlands and marshes.
  9. Road abandonment.
  10. Biodiversity, socio-economics, and restoration.
  11. Research technical journals.
  12. Group presentations.
    • Presentation regarding the ecological restoration project must include considerations to different socioeconomic constraints from project neighbors.
  13. Team building exercises.
  14. Principles of conservation biology.