Short Courses

Fish Passage 2012 is pleased to announce that the following 1 and 2-day short courses/workshops will offered in conjunction with the conference. These courses will take place immediately before (or after) Fish Passage 2012 thereby providing conference attendees with the opportunity to extend their stay in Amherst and benefit from highly relevant, focused training. Course fees and registration information will be posted soon, stay tuned!

Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project - June 3-4 and Advanced Topics in Dam Removal June 4

The Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project course is great for beginners. It includes the Advanced Topics course as well. The advanced topics class is for those who are more experienced and want to learn about ecological effects, sediment management and applied habitat management associated with Dam removal. Both courses are practical.

The Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project course will evaluate all aspects of dam removal, including: key decision points; how to remove a dam efficiently and maximize environmental endpoints; engineering and management issues associated with a range of dam types; sediment management and water quality issues related to dam removal; and practical approaches to remove both large and small dams. Both courses are offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught by a cadre of experts working in this cutting edge area. The course fee for Succeeding with a Dam Removal Project is $795 and includes course materials, break refreshments, lunches and certificate. The advanced Topics course is $495 for the June 4 offering.
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River 2D

This workshop is an intensive introduction to use of the River2D two-dimensional hydrodynamic model used to represent segments of streams where quantitative information about aquatic habitats is needed. The workshop consists of lectures and hands-on exercises covering processing of field data, construction of needed input files, quality control and execution of the River2D model, and a brief introduction to habitat modeling based on 2D hydrodynamic model results. Course is taught by Dr. Terry Waddle. The course fee for River 2D is $350.
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Sim-Stream 8.0 Introduction

This course is an introduction to the new version of Sim-Stream 8.0 as a companion to the MesoHABSIM technique of instream habitat modeling.
Participants will learn: a brief history of habitat modeling and MesoHABSIM’s role; data collection techniques; data organization, entry, and management within Sim-Stream 8.0; analytical process in the context of a MesoHABSIM project; and production and interpretation of the software’s reports. Course is offered through Rushing Rivers Institute and taught by Dr. Piotr Parasiewicz and Joe Rogers.
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Assessing Stream Functions and Reviewing Restoration Designs

This one day workshop provides an overview of two popular stream restoration/assessment tools. The first half of the day will provide an overview of the Stream Functions Pyramid. This framework can be used to develop function-based stream assessments, develop project goals that focus on key stream functions, and develop stream mitigation debit and credit determination methods. The second half of the day includes an overview of the natural channel design review checklist, which is used by state and federal agencies to review natural channel designs submitted for 404 and 401 permitting or to meet grant requirements. The checklist is also used by private engineers as part of an internal quality control program to ensure that critical design elements have been addressed. The workshop includes lectures, classroom exercises, breaks, Stream Functions Pyramid Framework, and Natural Channel Design Review Checklist. Course is offered through Stream Mechanics and taught by Will Harman and Rich Starr.
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Introduction to Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) for Applications in Ecohydrology

The temperature of standard fiber optic cables can be read as finely as every 0.25m, and lengths up to 30 km as frequently as every second with resolution of down to 0.01 °C using Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS). Sounds great? It is, but you can’t get all of these specs at the same time! So what are the opportunities and limitations of this technology? This 1-day short course presents an overview of the technique, including discussion of applications to date (in Ecohydrology, Habitat Monitoring and Environmental Science), fiber and instrument selection, fiber placement, fiber repair, data acquisition and analysis. The workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts campus in conjunction with the 2012 Fish Passage Conference. In addition to lectures, the participants will handle the equipment, and observe demonstrations of all the operations required to employ this technique. The goal of the workshop is to provide enough information for participants to accurately identify the potential role of this method in their applied research. Course is offered by Dr. Christine Hatch of UMass Geosciences and Extension.
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